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Hi-tech cardiac care at RIMS

Ranchi, July 29: Soon to become a super speciality centre, the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is on the development path.

It would install AXIOM Artis dFC, a new generation flat panel detector catheterisation laboratory, at a cost of Rs 3.3 crore.

RIMS director N.N. Agarwal said that it would be the first government-run hospital in the state to be equipped with the new instrument manufactured by Siemens, Germany.

The equipment would enable “cardiac imaging performance and an expansive range of diagnostic and interventional applications — from cardiac angiography to ECG-triggered fluoroscopy”.

A catheterisation laboratory or cath lab is facilitated with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterisation procedure. A catheter is inserted into a large artery and stents (mesh wire tube) can be inserted into the arteries via catheter to ease blood flow.

The cath lab will also have a heat exchanger, besides 15 other components equipped with a camera, to take images of the artery and help detect obstacles.

Font System Private Limited is in charge of installation of AXIOM Artis dFC beside the casualty operation theatre at RIMS.

To ensure that doctors and nurses are not affected by radiation, an 8mm wide lead plate, priced at Rs 2 lakh is being pasted on the doors and glasses. It has been brought from Italy. Experts will be able to observe the operation on cardiac patients on monitors. The company has also brought lead jackets and goggles for doctors and nurses who will use the AXIOM Artis dFC.

Deepak Kumar, the company engineer, said it had already reached the city and would be opened at 10 degrees Celsius. “We are using seven air-conditioners, each of 1.5 tonnes, to bring the temperature of installation site to 10 degrees Celsius. To ensure regular supply of power to the lab, we have provided a stabiliser of 150KVA and an UPA of 8KVA with a 30-minute back-up facility,” he said.

The new technology will improve image quality, reduce radiation and magnify the digital image. It would also facilitate three-dimensional image reconstruction for interventional cardiologists, who deal with blood vessels of the size of 2.5mm to 3mm, Kumar said.

RIMS sources said the AXIOM Artis dFC would help save Rs 1 crore every month which the state government spends on treating cardiac problems of those living below the poverty line (BPL).

After the installation of AXIOM Artis dFC, RIMS would start developing a cardiac operation theatre and a cardiac intensive care unit, said sources.

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