Shimadzu’s subsidiary Shimadzu Medical Systems USA has announced it is installing a new ceiling-mounted angiography system at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital in South Carolina, US.

Known as Trinias SCORE Opera C12, the angiography system was installed by Shimadzu’s North Charleston based dealer partner CMS Imaging.

Shimadzu said that this is the first time a Trinias SCORE Opera C12 machine has been installed in the US.

Beaufort Memorial president and CEO Russell Baxley said: “Investing in this upgraded technology is one more way for Beaufort Memorial to continue to provide the highest-quality care available in the Lowcountry.

“As noted by numerous certifications and awards by accrediting bodies we are committed to providing safe, high quality, patient-centred cardiac care to our community.”

Shimadzu’s angiography system has been installed at Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s newly renovated cardiac catheterisation lab.

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The hospital recently opened this renovated lab, marking the 20th anniversary of the Cochrane Heart Centre.

According to the company, this cath lab has been revamped as part of Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s effort to expand the interventional cardiology programme.

The latest upgrades and new technologies at the cath lab will help in delivering rapid and comprehensive care to heart patients, preventing them from several life-threatening emergencies.

One of the critical conditions treated in a cath lab is heart attacks after sudden artery blockage, which leads to loss of blood flow in the heart muscle.

To treat this, patients require an urgent, minimally invasive stenting procedure, termed as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which can be carried out in the cath lab.

Every year, around 650 heart procedures are performed at Beaufort Memorial’s cath lab.

Beaufort Memorial Cardiac Catheterisation programme medical director and MD interventional cardiologist Stuart Smalheiser said: “The image quality of the advanced digital angiography system will help improve decision making while reducing radiation exposure and improving patient comfort.

“We are very excited to work with Shimadzu as a model for their technology in the US and be on cutting-edge with their advanced cath lab imaging technology.”