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For the capital’s medical institutions, they buy expert class MRI, CT and ultrasound machines, endoscopic equipment, mammographs and X-ray units.

The capital’s healthcare system has withstood the strain of the coronavirus pandemic. An important role was played by the fact that doctors did not face a shortage of medical equipment. The complete re-equipment of city hospitals and polyclinics took place in 2011-2013. About this in your blog reported Sergei Sobyanin.

“We changed absolutely everything – from thermometers to X-ray and ultrasound machines. The most modern equipment – surgical robots, tomographs, angiographs – was purchased in this volume for the first time. Muscovites quickly got used to the fact that tomography can be done in an ordinary district polyclinic, and the waiting time for the examination, as a rule, does not exceed 7-10 days. During the pandemic, these scanners saved thousands of human lives, making it possible to provide early diagnosis of covid pneumonia and, therefore, timely treatment of sick people, ”said the Moscow Mayor.

So, if in 2010 279 thousand CT examinations were carried out in urban medical institutions, then in 2019 there are already more than 1.2 million. The number of MRI examinations during the same period increased from 59 thousand to 419 thousand.

“10 years ago we bought high-quality and modern equipment at that time, a significant part of which will serve for many more years and even decades. But unfortunately, the “heavy” equipment for radiation diagnostics has to be changed much more often – about once every 8-10 years. Tomographs and ultrasounds are becoming obsolete about as quickly as laptops and smartphones. And what was the best decision in 2011, today no longer allows for truly high-quality treatment of people, ”explained Sergei Sobyanin.

For example, the latest generation MRI machines include an extended cardio package that helps to more accurately assess the state of the patient’s heart and blood vessels. And also modern devices allow examining large people and those who find it difficult to hold their breath. In 2011, these options were not available. Therefore, even before the pandemic, in 2019, it was decided to completely update the high-tech equipment.

During 2020-2023, city hospitals and polyclinics are to receive six thousand units of new equipment. As of February 2021, 4.8 thousand pieces of equipment have already been purchased, including 41 angiographs, 146 computed tomographs, 101 magnetic resonance tomographs, 193 U-arc X-ray machines, 2926 ultrasound machines.

The largest multidisciplinary hospitals in Moscow will be equipped with new equipment. City polyclinics will be equipped according to a unified Moscow standard. In the head buildings of adult polyclinics, MRI, CT, expert-class ultrasound machines, endoscopic equipment, as well as densitometers – devices for examining bone tissue – will be installed. The branches will have modern mammographs, X-ray machines, ultrasound machines and equipment for functional diagnostics.

Analog technology will be replaced by digital technology. All tomographs and X-ray machines will be connected to the Unified Radiological Information Service of Moscow (ERIS). This will allow you to decrypt images in a matter of minutes using technology computer vision. The research results will automatically be included in the patient’s electronic medical record. If it is necessary to obtain a second opinion, Muscovites will not need to take the images to another doctor. A specialist can simply open ERIS and see them.

All “heavy” equipment, ultrasound machines and endoscopic equipment are purchased under life cycle contracts.

“The manufacturers will not only supply the equipment, but will also serve it on their own for 7-10 years. All doctors need to know is the service telephone number, where they can call a service technician for troubleshooting. And often this is not necessary – digital equipment is able to independently send an alarm signal to the service center. Moreover, the equipment downtime will not be paid. Therefore, manufacturers are vitally interested in making their equipment work like clockwork, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.

According to the Moscow Mayor, such a system obliges manufacturers to think about the interests of customers throughout the entire life of the equipment. And hospitals and clinics will be relieved of the need to resolve issues related to maintenance and repair.

A significant part of the new equipment is already operating in Moscow medical institutions.

31 modern MRI machines purchased for Moscow hospitals Connection of angiographs to the Unified Radiological Information Service has been completed


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