The state-of-the-art Neuroangiography Suite at Hamad General Hospital provides an advanced treatment technology for patients with serious blood vessel disorders in the brain and spine.
Patients with acute stroke, tumors, vascular malformations and brain aneurysms, as well as children with developmental disorders in their blood vessels, are among those to benefit from the cutting-edge technology in the new facility.
One of the key strengths of the facility is the advanced bi-plane angiography CT imaging it offers. Angiography is an imaging technique used to view the inside of blood vessels and organs of the body, especially the arteries, veins and the heart chambers. The Neuroangiography Suite is the first and only facility in Qatar to offer bi-plane angiography, CT imaging and perfusion imaging of the brain - a technique that shows the quality of blood supply. These views are captured simultaneously by the imaging technology in the Neuroangiography Suite, which produces only low levels of radiation exposure. This complex imaging system results in highly detailed three-dimensional views of blood vessels leading to the brain and deep within the brain.
The images are then displayed simultaneously from two separate angles. This allows the neuro-interventional team to have the very best view of the arteries and vessels and see the precise location and make up of a clot, tumor or aneurism while they perform the procedure. These high quality images can help to reduce the duration of the procedure by as much as half.
It is expected that more than 200 cases will be treated in the Neuroangiography Suite in the first year, improving the quality of care and outcomes for these patients. The suite will be utilized by the acute stroke, neuro-interventional and vascular surgery teams, as well as the pediatric cardiology team who will use the facility to treat children with heart problems.