Monday, 31 May 2010

Home Again: Of fMRIs and Ambulatory-EEGs...


Hi everyone...I'm home! Ah, so good to be back. So nice to see my own room, family and friends again...=)


I was talking to someone yesterday, and during the course of the conversation, the topic came up about healthcare.

Apparently, Malaysia does not have fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machines, and neither does it have the ability to carry out Ambulatory-EEGs (Electroencephalography) although we have (one, I believe) long-duration of 3-5 days Video-EEG capabilities. Our conversation stopped at that, but I'm sure there are other things. I must say I was shocked because I had a better impression of our technological-capacities!

Just out of curiosity, what do people do then if they need these equipment? Not everyone can afford to go overseas and get diagnosis, treatment etc!


And why don't we have them? Is it a lack of funding, or lack of technicians qualified to perform these tests and interpret them, or do we not see the need for these equipment, or...what?

PS: I could be wrong. Maybe we have the technology.





3 comments:

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

Welcome home! :)

Hope to be able to catch up with you brfore you the end of your holidays. Hope you still have my number.. :)

We are planning a trip to Penang around the end of this month.

I was in need of a thorough blood test in 2003 and it was NOT available in Malaysia but is available in Singapore.

Hospitals in Malaysia will send blood samples to Singapore for the test when required.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Jimmy,

Thank you! Hopefully we can meet up this time lar...And yes, I still have your # if it hasn't changed.

Luckily the test you needed is available in Singapore, which isn't too far. But what about people who can't afford to go to Singapore, or if it isn't available in Singapore?

Pak Zawi said...

Daph,
Sorry for the late arrival. Welcome back. great to have you back. Now you may be missing the canada that you have left behind.