Imag­ing lab to dou­ble as the­atre

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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