On May 17, 2018, FVH held a ceremony to launch its international standard Cathlab Cardiology Intervention Centre. The operation of the US$ 1.6 Million facility will support the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of patients who suffer from vascular congestion disease anywhere in the body.
The launch welcomed the participation of Prof. Dang Van Phuoc– head of Ho Chi Minh City’s Cardiology Association, advisor to the HCMC Medical University Hospital’s Board of Directors and Dean of HCMC National University’s Faculty of Medicine; Prof. Ton That Minh– Director of Tam Duc Cardiology Hospital; Dr. Jean-Marcel Guillon CEO and also other Board of Directors of FV Hospital, plus doctors from other hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City and representatives of more than 40 media agencies in Vietnam.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Dang Van Phuoc stated:
Reducing treatment time
The multifuctional Cathlab incorporates a new generation Allura Xper FD20 digital subtraction angiography (DSA) system manufactured by Philips (also known as Philips DSA FD20), valued at US$ 1.6 million. This innovative system performs multiple tasks, including capturing images of the cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and blood vessel system of the whole body. Capable of performing computed tomography as a completed CT machine, this machine helps to significantly reduce the negative effects of X-rays for both doctors and patients; it also provides high resolution images, assisting the docters to provide more effective treatment for more patients.
Thanks to the latest device control software, the system provides doctors with 3D images of the brain, assessment of coronary flow reserve, pulmonary vascular resistance and angiography.
The multifunctional Cathlab
Cathlab’s varied features can be applied to the Cardiology Department, Vascular Surgery, Oncology Department and other departments that use image diagnostics.
FVH’s Cardiology Department is run by a team of experienced doctors, led by Dr Huynh Ngoc Long, who has more than 22 years of experience in Cardiology and heart interventions. He studied cardiovascular intervention at a university in France. In Vietnam, Dr Long is ranked among the country’s three leading cardiology doctors and specialises in coronary heart disease, congenital heart disease and other heart valve diseases.
According to Dr Luong Ngoc Trung, senior doctor at the FVH Department of Vascular Surgery, the Cathlab enables effective interventions of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms using the stent grafting technique.
It is also applicable in treatments of other peripheral vascular diseases including iliac vein congestion, vascular diseases in diabetic patients, iliac vein stenting and venous stenting. The FVH Department of Vascular Surgery specialises in the hybrid cardiac surgery technique, a procedure which combines endovascular interventions and open surgery at the same time, helping to resolve complex injuries, reduce the number of surgeries a patient needs to undergo, save time and enhance the quality of treatment.
The Cathlab also supports the procedures of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE) in cancer treatment.
By launching the Cathlab, FVH has upgraded its facilities to offer patients better services from examination and diagnosis to treatment, all in one place.