Cutting-edge innovations in Cardiovascular Care
Dr. Kong Teng Tan and Dr. Elsie Nguyen

​​​​​​​​​​Dr. Kong Teng Tan and Dr. Elsie Nguyen are members of the innovative medical imaging team

​From 3-D imaging of the heart to multimodal practitioners, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is driving medical advances in both methods and technology

​Graham Nie sat down with his doctor at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) to look at a CT scan of his heart, rendered in 3-D on a computer screen, a year after he had surgery to implant a stent in a diseased artery.

“It was amazing. He could flip this image around, so I could see where the stent and its branches were put in,” recalls Mr. Nie, who was first diagnosed in 1997 with an abdominal aortic aneurysm – a balloon-like bulge that can cause parts of the body’s largest blood vessel, the aorta, to swell and, in some cases, rupture. “It was the first time in many years that I was clear of aneurysms.”

Today, Mr. Nie, a 75-year-old retired school principal, remains aneurysm-free and continues to recover. He’s active, albeit slower in his everyday tasks such as mowing the lawn around his property in Peterborough, Ont. Mr. Nie’s successful treatment and recovery can be attributed directly to leading-edge innovations at the PMCC, particularly in advanced medical imaging. From the increased use of CT scans to diagnose and address heart and vascular disease to multimodal practitioners with combined expertise in cardiology, vascular surgery and radiology, the PMCC is driving advances in medical methods and technology to improve patient outcomes.

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