Safer way to scan arteries of heart patients

A NEW scanner launched in Asia is able to carry out angiograms while reducing the risk of a heart attack, stroke and even death in heart patients.

The Centre for Medical Imaging in Singapore said the new-generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is the first in Asia to scan heart arteries without any X-ray radiation or the need to inject any contrast material into the body.

Invasive coronary angiogram is widely used by most doctors to detect heart attacks. The procedure involves putting a tube into an artery and taking pictures of heart arteries by injecting a contrast material under X-ray imaging.

This carries real risk of stroke, heart attack and even death.

There is also the risk of potential complications from the use of contrast materials, including severe allergies and kidney damage.

The new MRI angiogram is also cheaper at $1,800, compared to an invasive angiogram which can cost more than $4,000.


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