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Free HRTEM begins in Delhi's GB Pant Hospital

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Prof Sanjay Tyagi, Director of GB Pant Hospital, Delhi

In a good news for thousands of patients, Delhi Government run GB Pant Hospital has started a High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) facility in its Pathology Department where poor patients will be offered the treatment free of cost.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences is the only government hospital in Delhi that has HRTEM facility.

"We are striving hard to expand quality healthcare facilities to the poor patients. The HRTEM facility was set up to ensure free treatment to patients from poor families," Prof Sanjay Tyagi, Director of the hospital, told DTMT.

Prof Tyagi claimed, “This is one of the most advanced versions of high resolution transmission electron microscopes and is the first instrument installed in a Delhi Government hospital for bio-medical and nanotechnology applications.”

He disclosed, “The high resolution facility was funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The cost of the electron microscope is Rs 4.5 crore.”

HRTEM is a highly sophisticated electron microscope used for understanding materials and molecules with atomic scale resolution.

“This HRTEM generates a narrow beam of electrons under ultra-high vacuum and passes through thin sections of biological tissues or cells to analyze the microstructure and collection of molecules and atoms in test samples,” said Prof RK Mahajan, Department of Microbiology, RML Hospital, Delhi.

He said, “The information produced is critical for advanced characterization of tissues and cells for ailment diagnosis as well as fundamental understanding of biological processes which may pave the way for developing new medicines including molecular medicines.”

HRTEM is also useful to understand the toxicity issues associated with industrially produced nanoparticles and other materials in paints, fertilizers, pesticides, cosmetics, etc, Prof Mahajan added.


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