New era in cardiovascular care at Mater Private

Friday, 21 March 2008

On 21 March 2008 Mater Private Hospital Brisbane saw the dawning of a new era with revolutionary new technology installed in the hospital’s second state-of-the-art catheter lab.

The high-tech lab equipped with Australian first technology—a Siemens Artis Zee Bi-plane flat panel detector—will enable Mater Private Hospital clinicians to perform complex interventional cardiac and neuroradiology procedures.

The new generation bi-plane flat panel detector is the most advanced model of its kind. It provides highly sophisticated imaging in interventional radiology and cardiology.

Mater Private Hospital Executive Director Don Murray said the equipment boasts higher image quality and improved features including upgraded software which benefit both the patient and clinician. It is faster and safer and ultimately better for the patient.

The arrival of the Siemens Artis Zee Bi-plane is complemented by new technology—a SOMATOM Definition Dual Source Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner acquired by QScan.

These two pieces of cutting-edge medical technology will work in concert to dramatically improve the speed of diagnosis and treatment for many cardiovascular patients.

If a patient presents with undiagnosed chest pain at our Emergency Department, the treating doctor can obtain rapid access to diagnostic cardiac images through the Siemens Dual Source CT scanner at Qscan and a determination can then be made as to whether the patient requires further interventional procedures through the Mater Private CardioVascular Unit.

Through a solid partnership between radiologists, cardiologists and staff in the Mater Private CardioVascular Unit, the process of diagnosis and treatment can be truly integrated to provide a patient care experience second-to-none.

Don Murray,
Mater Private Hospital Executive Director

Cardiothoracic Radiologist, Dr Mark Hansen said the Siemens Dual Source CT scanner will help provide patients with on-the-spot answers which can help alleviate their stress.

This scanner provides rapid, clear and highly accurate 4D cardiac images that facilitate prompt diagnosis in a non-invasive procedure.

The Siemens Dual Source CT Scanner takes images of the heart so rapidly that patients no longer have to take beta blockers to slow the heart rhythm to ensure clearer images. The images are so precise there is often no need for catheter angiography.

Dr Mark Hansen,
Cardiothoracic Radiologist

Both machines also provide the added benefit of significantly reducing radiation exposure for patients.

Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every ten minutes and with technology such as the Siemens Dual Source CT Scanner and the Artis Zee biplane flat panel detector continuing to advance, we are in a much stronger position to tackle this growing community problem.

Don Murray,
Mater Private Hospital Executive Director

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    Siemens Artis Zee biplane flat panel detectorSecond catheter labImage from the Siemens Artis Zee biplane flat panel detectorImage from the Siemens Artis Zee biplane flat panel detectorImage from the Siemens Artis Zee biplane flat panel detectorSiemens Artis Zee biplane flat panel detectorSiemens SOMATOM Definition Dual Source CTImage of heart depicting narrowed artery using Siemens SOMATOM Definition Dual Source CT

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