Imaging lab to double as theatre
TOWNSVILLE Hospital has received a $ 2.5 million expansion to its medical imaging department.
The Digital Subtraction Angiography suite, funded by the Federal Government, will be used to diagnose and treat blocked and dilated arteries and internal bleeding.
Vascular surgeon Dr Ramesh Velu said the new laboratory would allow patients to be diagnosed and undergo procedures without going to an operating theatre.
“The hybrid suite doubles as an operating theatre which means we can diagnose and treat in one place,” he said. “This is a state- of- the- art suite.
“DSA allows doctors to view clear images of veins and arteries via sheaths inserted through very small incisions. This makes our procedures less invasive and makes recovery times shorter. Most patients will go home the same day.”
Townsville Hospital and Health Board chair Tony Mooney said the hospital’s medical imaging department performed 130,000 examinations on patients each year.
BIG PICTURE: Consultant radiologist Dr Archana Dwivedee and medical imaging director Gary Kershaw.