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Reducing x-ray exposure to cardiology patients, an Australian first

Dr Matthew Swale, electrophysiologist of Genesis Care introduces new technology at Mulgrave Private Hospital.


During an Electrophysiology (EP) study and ablation, the cardiologist will insert up to 5 catheters into the patient’s heart, to better understand where extra beats are coming from. The FAM DX software package allows the collection of clinical data with any of these diagnostic catheters when they are connected to the Carto3 mapping system, which is used for collecting and analysing key information related to the way a patient’s heart is beating. This increases the versatility of the Carto3 system and gives the physician greater flexibility in treating the patient’s condition.

Mulgrave Private Hospital has been selected as a partner in the evaluation of this software and its ability to impact the clinical efficiencies in the lab, as well as help reduce the X-ray exposure to the patient, physician and lab staff working in the immediate area.

Thursday 6th February, 2020 marked the first time that this software package was used in Australia.

Dr Matthew Swale of Genesis Care is excited to provide, patients and lab staff alike, an environment that uses significantly less radiation than comparable technologies.

This expands our ability to provide accurate diagnostic and ablation procedures to our patients without the use of radiation and reducing overall risks of exposure - Dr Matthew Swale.

Radiation exposure is particularly important when it comes to younger patients, those that are either pregnant or breastfeeding, but in general, reducing radiation for all patients where feasible is a positive step.