Heart technology boost for patients

TINY DEVICE: Bendigo Health's Michelle Lloyd with the minuscule coronary imaging catheter. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
TINY DEVICE: Bendigo Health's Michelle Lloyd with the minuscule coronary imaging catheter. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

A potentially life-saving technology has been rolled out in Bendigo, which doctors believe will give them a greater understanding of local patients’ coronary health. 

A tiny, one millimetre camera is being used to access patients’ arteries at Bendigo Health, and will create ultrasound images for experts to peruse.

The technology, which is described as a coronary imaging catheter, has been used internationally and across Australia for a number of years, but Bendigo is believed to be the first place in regional Victoria to use an updated version of the device. 

Bendigo Health clinical director cardiology, Doctor Voltaire Nadurata, said the camera would give doctors a better indication of what diseases or issues were present in heart vessels and therefore the best indication of the most appropriate treatment. 

“It means you don’t have to travel to Melbourne for this kind of treatment,” he said.

Doctor Nadurata said local experts previously relied on x-ray technology prior to the device.