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Better info for cardiologists and less radiation for patients at newly reopened MGH ‘cath lab’

Dr. Mohammad Zia, Chief of Cardiology [far right] explains benefits of MGH’s new cardiology equipment during a tour of the new lab. -KEVIN HOLM, MGH

Dr. Mohammad Zia, Chief of Cardiology [far right] explains benefits of MGH’s new cardiology equipment during a tour of the new lab. -KEVIN HOLM, MGH

With the reopening of the “cardiac catheter lab” at Michael Garron Hospital on Feb. 23 heart patients in East York and area will be able to get better service at less risk, a hospital news release says.

The catheters in question are not the dreaded urinary devices many people may associate with the word but rather travelling tubes injected into the blood stream temporarily through a vein in the leg or wrist as part of a procedure known as an angiogram.

The catheter carries an irradiated dye which surrounds the heart in order to help cardiologists “see” blockages in a patient’s blood flow through a special scanning machine.

The hospital’s “cath lab” —one of only 19 in the province— had been closed since November as the facility was upgraded, with patients redirected to a similar facility at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Part of the upgrade was installation of a new, more powerful scanner that enables doctors to see better quality images and requires less of the radioactive dye, making the procedure both more effective and safer for patients, the hospital says.
-Staff

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