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Sunday, 8 November 2020

PGI’s Radiology Dept to get advanced cath lab

Chandigarh, November 7

The Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGI, will soon get a state-of-the-art Biplane Digital Subtraction Neuroangiography (DSA) suite for providing improved services for a variety of neurovascular disorders.

Prof MS Sandhu, Head, Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, said it would be the first-of-its-kind advanced catheter laboratory in this part of the country.

At present, the neurointervention section of the department caters to a large number of patients suffering from neurological disorders such as cerebral aneurysms, carotid artery disease, arteriovenous malformations, acute ischemic stroke and a variety of vascular disorders related to brain, spine and head and neck.

"This addition will enhance the diagnosis and treatment of all types of stroke and provide faster and more accurate vascular care, besides helping in other disorders too," said Dr Sandhu.

"Neurointervention or endovascular neurosurgery involves minimally invasive treatment of complex disorders of the brain. These procedures do not involve opening of the skull and are possible with small incisions in the groin or wrist without the need of putting any sutures. The brain is then accessed by the use of small flexible tubes called catheters and wires taken through the incision across vessels of the abdomen or arm right until the brain to perform complex brain surgeries," he said.

"A distinct advantage of this 'biplane' system (over the single-plane system) is its ability to visualise the brain in two planes, which improves the accuracy of treatment with markedly less complication rates as well as quicker procedure time. There is an increased safety of both patients and the operating physician from the harmful X-rays that the DSA uses through its low-dose imaging capabilities," said Dr Sandhu.

The unit will be equipped with two advanced machines, which are available at few centres in the country. An artificial intelligence software that has been acquired with the DSA cath lab is the "RAPID-AI" software system, which helps in quick and accurate determination of brain injury occurring secondary to sudden cessation of blood flow to the brain in cases of brain attack. "RAPID-AI" automatically analyses the CT or MRI scan data and detects the area of the brain that is potentially salvageable.

A recently developed injector to map blood vessels with carbon dioxide as a contrast agent has been acquired, which will be a boon for all patients of kidney disease, diabetes and contrast allergies. — TNS

from The Tribune

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