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Campaign for Royal University Hospital

Angio Biplane Equipment

Last year, 50,000 Canadians had a stroke – one every 10 minutes. It's among the top three leading causes of death in Canada and more than 300,000 people live with the effects which is the leading cause of disability among adults. Stroke is also on the rise among younger people (in their 20s, 30s and 40s).

One of the goals of RUH Foundation's Campaign for Royal University Hospital was to set the gold standard for stroke and other trauma treatment by raising funds for a new fully equipped angiography suite and upgrades to the existing suite. 

The total cost for the equipment and renovated suite is $3 million. This advanced computer technology creates a real-time three-dimensional image of the brain, allowing specialists to enter the brain via an artery to remove aneurisms and blood clots without surgery, thereby speeding recovery, reducing health care costs and saving lives.

Additional uses of the new equipment include improved diagnostics and treatment options for cancer patients, and treating life-threatening bleeding where minutes count.

A Surgical Advantage

Surgery in the angio biplane suite offers many advantages over conventional surgery in an operating room. It requires local (rather than general) anesthesia, needs only a small incision that leaves almost no scar and involves a shorter, less painful recovery period. Other benefits include savings of time and money for the health care system and improved outcomes for patients and their worried families.

Currently, more and more surgeries are being performed with angio biplane equipment as the technology expands medical frontiers. For instance, it is used to stop bleeding and to treat brain aneruisms and strokes, saving countless lives and greatly decreasing the severity of long-term disabilities. It is also used to place catheters in cancer patients, easing some of the pain and discomfort of chemotherapy. 

"We see more and more cancer patients every year, so the demand is increasing,” says Dr. Peter Szkup, Neurologist and Interventional Radiologist. "Some of our procedures are fairly new because medicine is always advancing. Our service is expanding and this equipment is vital."

An Impossible Situation

With increased demand, when the present (original) suite is in use, other patients obviously must wait their turn. Patients sometimes have to travel outside the province to access this procedure.  Further, if the machine breaks down, there is no backup.  “It’s an impossible situation,” says Dr. Szkup.  “A stroke patient or someone with a massive hemorrhage cannot wait even one hour.” 

Find out more by reading Sherry's Story and Peggy's Story.




At RUH Foundation, we create excellence in health care by raising funds that anticipate and respond to needs for innovative research, education and patient care at Royal University Hospital.

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