CK Birla Hospital uses Made in India Near-Infrared Imaging for thyroid surgery

The use of NIFI offers significant benefits to patients by reducing the post thyroid surgery calcium derangement to <1 per cent

The CK Birla Hospital recently treated a 59-year-old male patient for large thyroid swelling (goitre). The patient was suffering from thyroid swelling for many years and with time the entire right neck was affected, causing difficulty in neck movement. 


Upon examination of the patient, Dr Mandeep Singh Malhotra, Director, Surgical Oncology, CK Birla Hospital, and his team recommended thyroidectomy treatment using NIFI and nerve monitoring. NIFI uses Infrared technology to identify and preserve the parathyroid glands during thyroid surgery. The use of NIFI offers significant benefits to patients by reducing the post thyroid surgery calcium derangement to <1 per cent. The use of a nerve monitor helps in identifying and preserving the voice nerve.

Commenting on the case, Dr Mandeep Singh Malhotra, Director, Surgical Oncology, CK Birla Hospital said, “This technology was earlier available from abroad thus making it an expensive treatment option; but it is now available in Delhi, India at the CK Birla Hospital, thus making treatment safer, accessible and affordable for Indian patients. A total of six thyroid surgeries have been performed using this advanced technology; three patients had thyroid cancer and three had large colloid goitres. All six patients had no calcium derangement post-surgery.”

Near-infrared imaging is an effective technology for identifying the parathyroid gland during surgery. With its availability in India, better clinical outcomes can be offered to patients. Adoption of this technology by the CK Birla Hospital is a step toward the Make in India initiative by the Government of India.

Akshat Seth, CEO, CK Birla Healthcare, said, “We are committed to achieving our goal of providing global standards of healthcare by using advanced medical innovations and techniques for exceptional patient outcomes. The development of this medical technology in India is helpful in saving lives. This case, like many others, is testimony to our legacy of delivering high-quality healthcare services.”

“Our centre at Delhi, Punjabi Bagh aims to take forward clinically reliable and patient-centric care that we stand for. The success of this case has been a milestone for us, reaffirming our state-of-the-art medical infrastructure and technology, clinical excellence, and our dedicated team of experts,” said Vipul Jain, Chief Business Officer, CK Birla Hospital.

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