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RIMS opens cath lab to cardiac patients

Ranchi, Nov. 28: The cath lab, which was inaugurated at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on September 18, became operational from today.

Two patients underwent angiography on the first day at the new unit. These included Rajesh Kumar Mahto (14), a resident of Silli, and Sangeeta Devi (38), a resident of Bundu, respectively.

Doctors of Apollo Hospital, including Lalit Kapoor, Deepak Gupta and Neeraj Prasad, were present on the occasion along with RIMS cath lab in-charge J.K. Mitra and medicine department head A.K. Mahto.

Health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi said that the cath lab would help provide proper medical care to cardiac patients of the state, who now have to spend large amounts for treatment outside the state.

A cath lab provides diagnostic imaging facilities, which helps a heart specialist to reach the heart of a patient through his veins. It is helpful in several procedures related to treatment of heart ailments, including a pacemaker installation.

A cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterisation procedure. A catheter is inserted into a large artery, and various wires and devices can be inserted through the body via the catheter which is inside the artery.

The laboratory installed at RIMS is a new generation flat panel detector catherisation laboratory, AXION dFC, which cost Rs 3.30crore.

The equipment would enable the doctor to diagnose possible heart attacks at an early stage.

The Font System Private Limited has installed the lab, situated beside the causality operation theatre (COT) of RIMS.

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