| Azlan Othman |
DIAGNOSTIC imaging service at the Department of Radiology of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital has been upgraded, giving the department a boost in its capability to efficiently and effectively diagnose and treat patients with stroke, vascular diseases, aneurysms or other complex neurological and vascular conditions.
With the Siemens Artis Zee Biplane Angiography System launched yesterday by Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof, the Minister of Health, the Department of Radiology is now complete with essential imaging modalities and is able to offer a much broader scope of intervention services.
The new Siemens Artis Zee Biplane Angiography System, with its advanced 3-D software, is an upgraded version of previous Biplane Angiography System. It has been used in various intervention procedures such as emobilisation, coiling for aneurysm, liver or kidney ablation, pacemaker insertion and so forth.
The introduction of this advanced interventional system is in line with the Ministry of Health’s continuous effort to provide excellent healthcare for the public.
Currently, the Department of Radiology has a general radiographic suite with digital radiography and computed radiography and multi-slice computed tomography scanner.
These machines have state-of-the-art cardiac and angiography capabilities, such as ultrasonography, mammography, bone mineral densitometry and magnetic resonance imaging system.
Biplane Angiography is state-of-the-art imaging technology equipment that provides sharp, high resolution images in two separate planes or angles, enabling clinicians to see minute blood vessels in great detail. The new system has capabilities which were not available in the previous system. The system is capable of mapping angiogram images with MRI or CT images, thus making surgery easier.
The real-time high contrast 3-D imaging, also called 3D-DSA, generates clear 3-D images of high contrast objects like contrast filled vessels with fewer images and hence, less dose. This function can be used for repairing congenital defects as well as supporting vascular interventions like aortic aneurysm stenting.
The new system, which is equipped with the latest haemodynamic monitoring functions and advanced 3-D imaging for structural heart disease, can also be used to perform coronary interventions.