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Columbia Asia Hospital Installs state-of-art Latest Flat Panel Technology

Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. has been selected by Techspirit  as the most promising  hospitals  for their efficieny, affordability, accessibility, their innovative design and their advanced technology which is focused on creating the most positive experience for patients.


Over the past couple of years healthcare and technology has been growing tremendously. There is no doubt that better technology has brought in better healthcare facility. Making the best use of latest available technology to provide advanced diagnostic and treatment for patients with cardiac issues, Bengaluru based Columbia Asia Hospital has recently installed state-of-art Latest Flat Panel Technology in Cathlab.

It has been learnt that heart attacks are the single largest cause of death in India. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and World Health Organization (WHO) projection, by 2020 India is likely to be the capital of heart attacks, diabetes and hypertension. Hence, better diagnosis facilities is the need of the hour. A catheterization laboratory or Cathlab as it is commonly called is an imaging tool used to visualize arteries and chambers of the heart and diagnose and treat any narrowing or abnormalities of the blood vessels.

“Growing numbers of young people, many of them below 40, are being affected with cardiovascular diseases and about 12% of them experience heart attacks. Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits and stress are some of the major factors responsible for the rising number of cardiac arrests. It is vital to provide medical attention to patients having cardiac arrest within the first hour which is called the “golden hour,” said Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals.

According to Dr. Prabhakar Shetty, Consultant Cardiologist, Columbia Asia Hospitals, Bengaluru, “With this added service, the hospital can provide advanced diagnostic and treatment for patients with cardiac issues. The unique feature of the cath lab at Columbia Asia Hospital Hebbal is that the latest technology ensures that one can get a high resolution cardiovascular image projection by exposing the patient to only a fraction of the radiation dose than in a normal cathlab. The newer technology has made it possible to reduce the radiation exposure by 83% for patients and by 70% for staff. Moreover, there is a minimum of 50% reduction in contrast medium used.”

The new generation ‘StentBoost Subtraction,’ is another interesting feature in this equipment. The enhanced subtracted image we get, leads to improved contrast image of the stent and shows the relation between the location of the stent and the vessel wall minutely. “On an average, we get six cases of angioplasty and about 18 to 20 cases of angiography per week and these patients can avail modernized services within the golden hour and thereby decrease chances of death due to heart attacks,” Dr. Shetty added.


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Luna Dewan

Luna Dewan

With six years of her journalism experience, Luna Dewan has worked for leading print media like the New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle and DNA. She has been writing on healthcare, environment and various other civic issues. She is now with as the Assistant Editor.

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