The most modern angiograph in Europe

The University Teaching Hospital has the only bi-plane angiograph in Poland, a device which is also the most modern in Europe. It will make the treatment of vascular diseases and tumors easier and more effective.

On May 15, the opening ceremony of the Interventional Radiology and Endovascular Neurology Laboratory took place in the presence of the local authorities from Olsztyn and the region. The most important piece of equipment is the bi-plane angiograph. It is a device for imaging blood vessels, mainly arteries, but also veins. It shows their live image in 3-D, enabling a 360-degree turn of the picture, which helps the doctor to precisely recognize not only the size of a brain aneurysm or a blood clot, but also its location against the surroundings. This view will, in turn, help the physician to determine the right course of action. The bi-plane angiograph is used in neurosurgery, neurology and cancer surgery

-  With the angiograph we will, for instance, close the blood supply to cancer cells, which will cause their deterioration, or, on the other hand, unclog the arteries after an ischemic attack – explains prof. Wojciech Maksymowicz, Vice-Rector of the UWM for Collegium Medicum, and a practicing neurosurgeon.

-  We already have an angiograph in our hospital, but that device is quite old and generates only flat images. The one we have just bought is the only one of its kind in Poland and the most modern in Europe – adds Dr. Łukasz Grabarczyk MD, PhD, acting USK manager.  

The angiograph cost PLN 8 million. The purchase was made possible through a nearly 31-million subsidy from the Ministry of Health, which the university hospital received last year towards the purchase of modern medical equipment. Apart from the angiograph, the hospital also bought two MRI scanners (3T and 1.5T). Another new piece of equipment is a Gamma cardiac camera for isotope heart scanning. It will generate very accurate spatial images of human organs.

Additionally, the ministerial subsidy has been used to buy two x-ray machines. One is a mobile, self-propelled unit; the other one is basically a camera which x-rays the patient in every possible way and records the generated image and can send over the Internet for a specialist consultation and diagnosis. The hospital has also purchased equipment for the rehabilitation of patients after cerebral strokes, heart attacks, orthopedic operations and traumas.

Lech Kryszałowicz