Window to the heart
In a series of firsts in East Malaysia, we acquired a 64-slice CT scanner in January 2005 and soon after the first coronary CT angiogram was performed. This proved to be an attractive non-invasive imaging modality to exclude coronary artery disease in patients at low to intermediate likelihood for the disease.
In 2011, we took delivery of a new scanner, the Siemens Flash. Its dual-source technology allows for single-heartbeat scans and much lower radiation exposure. The numbers (of appropriate scans, no less) really took off after that. In the last 4 years, an average of 700 scans were performed annually.
The cardiac CT service is wholly run by the cardiology department, and supported by trained radiographers from the radiology department.
Being one of the front runners in cardiac CT in the country, we naturally took on the role of trainers. With the support of Siemens, we have conducted many cardiac CT workshops. They were mostly well-attended, drawing participants from all over South East Asia.