Shillong: With the advancement of medical technologies across the world and in our country, Dr.
Dipankar Das, Chief Interventional Cardiologist cum HOD at Swagat Hospital, Guwahati, urges heart patients in North-East India to have better awareness and opt for superior technologies and better patient care.
Medical science is ever advancing and Interventional Cardiologists now advice cardiac procedures using technologies that are less-invasive, less traumatic and reduce the chances of repeat procedures. To reduce the possibility of arteries re-narrowing after stent placement following angioplasties, Dr. Dipankar Das has started to apply two advanced techniques: High Definition-Intravascular Ultrasound (HD-IVUS) and the Rotablator Rotational Atherectomy System or Rotablation. IVUS-guided procedures are more accurate
and cost-effective than HD-IVUS due to its three-dimensional detailed internal image transmission. The system works on the principle of ultrasound waves and comprises of a small catheter, a tube equipped with a special probe or camera, which is inserted into coronary arteries and through the diseased part,
producing images with high-definition clarity. Studies have shown that IVUS-guided procedures are more accurate and cost effective. Elaborating the significance of HD IVUS Dr. Dipankar Das says, “It further supports in determining the optimal placement and expansion of the stent post the procedure to help
reduce complications and the incidence of stent thrombosis”.