One of a kind heart test being pioneered at St. Paul’s Hospital
Technology and health care can often be a double-edged sword. New tests can mean better patient outcomes, but they often come with a hefty price tag.
But that’s not what’s happening at St. Paul’s Hospital. A new heart procedure – the first of its kind in Canada – is offering much higher quality patient care, but a much lower cost to taxpayers.
Radiologists are using highly sensitive CT scans to take a snap shot of patients coronary arteries. The images are then run through a super computer which uses fluid dynamics to calculate blood flow and pressure gradients.
Aaron McArthur reports