New diagnostic imaging service

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RIPAS Hospital gets million-dollar systems upgrade

RIPAS Hospital has just received a shot in the arm with the latest state-of-the-art systems upgrade on its ageing diagnostic imaging service.

The million dollar upgrade to the new Siemens Artis Zee Biplane Angiography System is said to offer a broader scope of intervention services.

The Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital’s Radiology Department, before this, was running on the previous Biplane Angiography System.

Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof launched the state-of-the-art technology yesterday at the hospital’s Radiology Department.

The new imaging technology equipment provides sharp, high resolution images in two separate planes of angles that enable clinicians to see minute blood vessels in greater detail.

“This new system has capabilities which are not available in the previous one,’’ RIPAS’ Department of Radiology said a statement.

The system is capable to map angiogram images with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerised tomography (CT) scan, it added.

The introduction of this advanced interventional system is in line with the Ministry of Health’s continued effort to provide excellent healthcare for the public and has equipped the Department of Radiology with all the essential imaging modalities that will improve patient diagnosis and treatment.

With the latest technology and advanced three-dimensional (3D) software, the Department of Radiology will enhance workflow with fast acquisition time, better resolution and excellent image detail, the department said. The department’s capacity to efficiently and effectively diagnose and treat patients with stroke, vascular diseases, aneurysms and other complex neurological and vascular conditions will be greatly enhanced and available to patients for years to come, said the statement.

Currently, the Department has general radiographic suite with both digital radiography (DR) and computed radiography (CR), Multi-slice Computed Tomography (MSCT) scanner that provides cardiac and angiography capabilities, Ultrasonography, Mammography, Bone Mineral Densitometry and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system.

Consultant Radiologist Dr Lim Kian Chai, Head of Radiology Department at RIPAS Hospital, told The Brunei Times that the manufacturer had bought back the old machine.

“We are doing more than 500 intervention cases in a year,’’ said Dr Lim.

The Brunei Times