Our Pulmonology Department provides bronchoscopy services, which are both flexible and rigid. We have received a lot of praise for our accomplishments in interventional bronchoscopy, mostly Trans-Bronchial Needle Aspiration (TBNA)/ biopsies, balloon broncho platy, endobronchiale lector surgery procedures, and stenting. Pleuroscopy and video-assisted thoracoscopic procedures is another field of speciality of this department. The unit is also facilitated with the Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) equipment.
Cardiac Cath Lab, which is a part of Pulmonology Department, is the center of activities in any cardiac subdivision considering the growing need for angiography/ percutaneous methods like coronary angioplasty (ballooning). The Fortis Escorts Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is one of the biggest and highly advanced Cardiac Cath labs in Asia. The labs started functioning since October 1988 and cardiologists of this department presently perform more than 12,000 procedures per year.
The Fortis Escorts Institute has four state-of-the-art flat panel cardiac cath labs. Of these, three are for adult/pediatric procedures and one lab is a devoted to Electrophysiology with highly qualified staffs who expertise in their respective fields. The labs also have the distinctive role of training and preparing a large number of specialists from India and South East Asia in the field of Interventional Cardiology.
Chest Medicine is considered a branch of internal medicine and is also related to intensive care medicine. Chest Medicine often involves undertaking patients needing life support and mechanical ventilation. The doctors are specially trained in syndromes and diseases of the chest, like asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, tuberculosis, and other severe chest infections.
Sleep lab provides programs for patients suffering from sleep apnoea. At Fortis Escorts, we offer facility for a leading-edge sleep lab equipped with up-to-date technology to supervise sleeping pattern, breath analysis and movement of patients, as well as any related sleep disorders.
Nitric Oxide Test
Nitric oxide test or exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) test can aid in the diagnosis and healing of asthma. It monitors the level of nitric oxide in an exhaled sample of your breath. This sample is gathered by making you breathe into a mouthpiece of the machine that performs the test.
This testing is also performed to anticipate whether or not steroid medications (responsible for decreasing inflammation) are likely to be beneficial for your asthma. If you've already been diagnosed with asthma and your treatment program includes the steroid medications, your doctor may use a nitric oxide test during follow-up visits to check whether your asthma is under control.
Peak Flow Meter
A peak flow meter is compact, easy-to-use equipment and is used to measure how well your lungs are functioning. If you are diagnosed with asthma, your doctor may suggest that you use a peak flow meter to help in monitoring your asthma control.
In addition to checking for deteriorating signs and symptoms, like wheezing or coughing, you can also use the meter to assist you in deciding when you must act to keep your asthma under control. Routine use of a peak flow meter can prepare your body to adjust your medication or take other necessary steps before the symptoms get severe. A peak flow meter can be appropriate for adults as well as children who are above the age of 3 years.
Spirometry is a common clinical test initiated to examine how well your lungs function by assessing how much air your lungs inhale, how much you exhale and how swiftly you exhale air.
Spirometry is used to investigate asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions that may affect breathing ability. Spirometry might be used regularly to examine how well the treatment for your lung condition is helping your lungs breathe better.
Polysomnography, also known as a sleep study, is an office test used to investigate sleep disorders. Polysomnography analyses your brain waves, the oxygen level in your body, heartbeat and breath, and even the movement of your eyes and legs during the sleep.
Polysomnography usually is done at a sleep disorders lab within a hospital or at a sleep center. The hospital may ask you to come to the sleep center at the night for polysomnography in order to record the test data of your night-time sleep.
Polysomnography is sometimes performed during the day-time to study shift workers who usually sleep during the day.
In addition to helping monitor sleep patterns, polysomnography may also be performed to help adapt your treatment process if you have been already diagnosed with a sleep condition.
Dr. R. S. Chatterjee: Dr. R. S. Chatterjee has been a member of Fortis Escort since July,2009. His field of expertise include Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Bronchoscopy and other pulmonary procedures. He is presently the coordinator of a Respiratory Medicine Program conducted at Fortis. He has also served as a faculty (Associate Professor) in Medical at Delhi University.