AI-based cath lab inaugurated in city

The role of cath lab is immense in the current scenario. Nowadays a variety of diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures for the treatment of coronary artery and peripheral vascular diseases are carried out in the cath lab. Procedures undertaken include diagnostic heart catheterisation, coronary angioplasty or percutaneous coronary intervention/percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), closure of some congenital heart defects, treatment of stenotic heart valves, and permanent and temporary pacemaker implantations.

Data is collected in the cath lab during the procedure and postprocedure until the patient is discharged, which include procedure results, any post-procedure complications and the patients disposition. These are used to improve the quality of cardiovascular patient care by providing information, knowledge and tools for implementing quality initiatives, as well as support research that improves patient care and outcomes. New analytical tools are being developed that analyse the performance of an interventional lab, providing hospitals with important data that can be used to identify the areas of improvement.


Narayan Memorial Hospital, one of the finest Multispecialty Hospitals in Greater Kolkata with world class infrastructure and state-of-the-art service, launched Eastern India’s first Artificial Intelligence-based Cath lab in the esteemed presence of Mr. Narayan Swaroop Nigam, Secretary of Health, Government of West Bengal; and Prof. (Dr) Bhabatosh Biswas, Ex-Vice Chancellor, WB University of Health Sciences. The Optima IGS 320 with auto right with advanced visualization and multipurpose applications will provide fine image details simultaneously on cross-sections and volume-rendered to help you clearly visualize vessels, small devices, and soft tissue.

The AI-powered Cath lab will actually act as an additional pair of eyes to the physicians, it really helps interpreting intravascular images and it provides immediate feedback on how to proceed with a case based on the current guidelines and clinical evidence There are plenty of clinical benefits like easy Patient Access with GE’s unique three-axis gantry design for femoral, brachial and apical access. It will help the healthcare providers in a variety of procedures such as cardiovascular, electrophysiology, oncology, and neuro interventions procedures and it will provide the image clarity which will enable the physicians to deliver proactive, pre-emptive, and preventive care for at-risk individuals, improving lives increase clinical confidence. IGS 320. is fully automated image optimization that helps remove the burden of manual adjustment. High resolution imaging that is key to the procedure at automated low dose capabilities with Artificial Intelligence and Clinical versatility.

Present on the occasion, Mr. Narayan Swaroop Nigam, Secretary of Health, Government of West Bengal said, “We are really proud and happy that the first Artificial Intelligence-enabled Cath lab has been introduced in Kolkata and Eastern India. This is a state of art technology and it’s actually an additional pair of eyes to the physicians. It really helps interpreting intravascular images and it provides immediate feedback on how to proceed with a case based on the current guidelines and clinical evidence. Now one of the best and advanced technology will be made available to Kolkata specially to Behala and South Kolkata regions. Narayan Memorial Hospitall have been and shall continue to stay committed in introducing world-class healthcare tech leading to enhanced delivery of patient care services at the most affordable cost.”

Prof. (Dr) Bhabatosh Biswas, Ex-Vice Chancellor, WB University of Health Sciences, Kolkata conveyed their gratitude to the Chairman Mr. Probin Shaw of the organisation for their initiative to introduce cutting-edge technology to serve mankind in a better way. “The journey has been exhilarating so far. The last two years has been difficult for everyone. COVID also impacted cardiovascular health in a big way Angioplasty, as we all know is a lifesaving therapy that is deeply underpenetrated CVD or cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in India and due to coronavirus, the rates did go up. We are seeing a lot of COVID-positive patients come back with thrombus (blood clotting) So we want to bridge that gap and ensure that proper treatment facilities are made available. With artificial intelligence from GE that has loaded with inbuild software will provide more accurate and hassle-free services will be provides to the patients. The AI-powered Cath lab will be available for patients at no extra costs.” said Ms Suparna Sengupta, CEO of Narayan Memorial Hospital, Kolkata while addressing the audience. “We have also started up with a state-of-the-art neuro surgery unit along with advanced Neuro-ICU, latest microscope & Navigation that is available for all complex brain & spine surgery” added Ms Sengupta.

Artificial intelligence (AI) Cath labs can analyze large amounts of data, such as images or trial results, and can identify patterns often undetectable by humans, making it highly valuable in speeding up disease detection, diagnosis and treatment. Use of Artificial Intelligence at Hospitals is the future and that is happening right now!


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