For the first time in Kerala, patients who were unable to undergo angiograms previously have a source of respite now. Patients with diabetes, kidney related issues and the elderly can now avail the carbon dioxide insufflation procedure that has been made available at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
According to Dr Srikanth Moorthy, Head, Radiology, Amrita Hospital, “Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA), CT scans and MRIs are available but it is difficult for doctors to make a prognosis by looking at the scans. He adds, “However, the CO2 insufflation procedure is an ideal solution for the patient population.” He adds, “It is a safe procedure as CO2 is non toxic and water soluble. The CO2 is injected to the lower body of the patient and it helps give a good picture of the arteries which helps doctors better treatment plans.” So far 10 patients have undergone this procedure at the hospital.