- Royal Perth Hospital becomes the first hospital in WA to install innovative cardiac imaging technology
- New $1.5 million cardiovascular x-ray technology to improve patient outcomes
- Investing in the public health system to the benefit of all Western Australians
The McGowan Government's $1.5 million medical imaging system is ready for operation.
Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) has become the first hospital in Western Australia to boast the 'ARTIS Icono system' - a new generation imaging system for patients undergoing specialised cardiac procedures.
It is one of less than 50 in hospitals across the world.
Each year, RPH conducts more than 4,500 cardiac procedures. The system will provide improved patient outcomes through superior imaging and greater efficiency during cardiac procedures.
Medical imaging in a catheterization laboratory ('cath lab') helps guide cardiologists as they perform procedures, including lifesaving angioplasty and stent implants for the treatment of heart attacks, pacemaker and other device implants to correct heart arrhythmias and a range of other specialised cardiac procedures.
The new cutting-edge technology is a long-term investment by the McGowan Government to help ensure patients and staff have access to the latest in technology to support the delivery of world class medical care.
Key design features of the new system include superior image quality and procedural intelligence allowing patients to receive more accurate results, faster. This state-of-the-art system also allows cardiologists to make decisions faster and more accurately during time-critical procedures, such as serious heart attacks.
The McGowan Government's investment is part of the overall upgrade to the RPH cath labs to ensure Western Australians are provided with the highest level of health care.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"This is an example of the innovative important work taking place across the WA health system and will make an enormous contribution to our patients undergoing important cardiac procedures.
"It is essential to ensure our hospitals are using modern and effective technology to complete important tests and procedures and review in a timely manner because it improves patient outcomes.
"Royal Perth Hospital is the only site in Western Australia to have installed the ARTIS Icono system which will bring significant benefits to many patients across our State."
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