Grey’s acquires sophistcated heart machine

2013-06-24 00:00

GREY’S Hospital has unveiled a new machine that will allow doctors to perform complex procedures on heart patients.

The R15 million Phillips Allura Xper Fd 10/10 was installed in the hospital over a three-week period and was fully operational by Friday.

Hospital operations manager Antonia Monyakane said the machine could be used for procedures like diagnostic coronary angiography and the insertion of pacemaker generator boxes. Coronary angiography is a procedure that uses a special dye and x-rays to see how blood flows through the arteries in the heart.

The machine is also a biplane cardiovascular x-ray system, meaning it can take two pictures of the heart from different angles, making for a thorough diagnosis.

“This machine gives you the tool you need to carry out complex interventional cardiovascular procedures and it provides exceptional visualisation of cardiac anatomy in examinations,” said Monyakane.

She said the machine would improve the efficiency of doctors.

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