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Striking gold in cardiac care

CT Scan machine

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Twin state-of-theart CT scanners have allowed the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre to “rapidly put cutting-edge research protocols into clinical care as soon as they are validated,” says Dr. Narinder Paul. He calls it a “huge” advancement in the study and care of patients with heart disease.

How state-of-the-art twin CT scanners are revolutionizing the treatment and management of heart patients

A world-first project involving twin state-of-the-art CT scannershas only been in gear at TorontoGeneral Hospital (TGH) since April 2015, but this novel approach to conducting researchthat can be used immediately tohelp patients is already strikingcardiac care “gold,” according to TGH’s head of cardiothoracic imaging.

This “research-to-clinical platform” using two special identical scanners – operated from a single control room – has proved to be “huge” in advancing the study and care of heart patients in the short time it has been in place at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) at TGH, says Dr. Narinder Paul, Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Radiology, University Health Network (UHN), and a world-renowned, British-educated radiologist.

The centre specializes in scientific research and innovative patient care carried out by multidisciplinary teams. The joint, multiyear project was unveiled this spring within the Joint Department of Medical Imaging (JDMI) at the University Health Network (UHN).

Dr. Paul believes that, over time, what’s being done through the project – a collaboration between the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, JDMI at the UHN and Toshiba Medical Systems, Japan – will lead to a "fundamental change in patient care and patient management."