Patna: The x-ray and CT scan centers in Bihar are allegedly spreading cancer by not following basic hygiene and ignoring safety standards. The patients due to the use of old machines and radiations are suffering from blood and liver cancer.

Not only is this, but the life of physicians and technicians are also in danger.

As per the data, there are very few centers which are registered under Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Act, 2004.
Patna’s Rajiv Nagar resident Ranjit Singh said that his wife was suffering from abdominal pain from a long time. As a part of the treatment she had to visit such centres to undergo a lot of tests including X-rays, ultrasound and CT scans

X-rays done without permission

Without taking permission from Bhabha Research Council most medical institutions, including X-ray and CT scan centers are conducting X-rays. As per Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Act, 2004, there is a provision of registration of the equipments and intermediate therapeutic X-ray unit. But according to the information received by the RTI, only four thousand machines in India and only five machines in Bihar were registered under Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

Risk of unsafe machines:

According to data there are 1500 X-ray centers and 100 CT scan centers in Bihar which are too old to be used. They are also unsafe as far as radiations are concerned.

Head of Radiology Dr. Mithilesh Kumar of Patna Medical College Hospital believe that the technicians working in the centers are at a high risk. As 10 to 15 years of work in such conditions raises the risk of blood cancer.

No action against any of the centers

There is a provision under the AERB law to punish the centers that have put up such machines without permission. Although there is a provision of sealing such centers action has not been taken against any one of them.

(JPN/ Bureau)