Gleneagles JPMC (GJPMC) recently commissioned the new Philips Azurion Bi-plane Angiography System, an advanced multi-disciplinary platform for image-guided therapy that has reduced radiation doses for an improved quality of care. 

Dr Eugene Sim, GJPMC’s Chief of Clinical Services and Director of Surgery said that the commissioning of the new angiography system represents part of GJPMC’s commitment towards continuously upgrading its facilities and services to the residents of Brunei and the region. 

Welcoming remarks by Dr Eugene Sim, Chief of Clinical Services and Director of Surgery, Gleneagles JPMC during the official commissioning of Philips Azurion Angiography System held at Gleneagles JPMC Cardiac Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“This industry leading image-guided therapy platform allows our physicians to perform procedures with precision and ease,” Dr Sim said during his speech. 

“The system’s unique Dual Fluoro configuration allows live magnification of fluoroscopic images twice the normal range without increasing the dose of radiation,” he continued. 

Dr Sim then acknowledged the important milestones GJPMC has achieved over the years, such as the first cases of coronary angiography and coronary artery stenting that were performed at the centre in 2003. 

YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Isham Hj Jaafar (L), Minister of Health and Member of the Board of Directors, Gleneagles JPMC, Dr Patrick Ang (2nd L), Director of Invasive Cardiac Laboratory, Gleneagles JPMC, Dr Peter Boon Chye Tay (2nd R), CEO of Gleneagles JPMC and Dr Eugene Sim (R), Chief of Clinical Services and Director of Surgery, Gleneagles JPMC during the official commissioning of Philips Azurion Angiography System held at Gleneagles JPMC Cardiac Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“Since then Gleneagles JPMC has continued to see an increase not only in the numbers but also the complexity of the diagnostic and interventional procedures each year,” he added. 

According to Dr Sim, last year GJPMC performed a total of 3,144 diagnostic and interventional procedures, consisting of 1,266 Coronary Angiograms, 804 cases of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and 112 Electrophysiological studies and interventions amongst others. 

“Since GJPMC started operations, the centre has continuously provided tertiary and quaternary cardiac services to the residence of the country as well as the region,” he added. 

Dr Patrick Ang, Director of Invasive Cardiac Laboratory, Gleneagles JPMC in an interview during the official commissioning of Philips Azurion Angiography System held at Gleneagles JPMC Cardiac Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

In an interview with the media, the Director of GJPMC’s Invasive Cardiac Laboratory explained that with the increased capacity of the new system, the imaging capabilities of the new system can go beyond the confines of just the heart,

It will lead to a better and more efficient workflow in terms of providing patients care as well as reduce the time of procedures by at least 20 per cent, said Dr Patrick Ang.

Add to that its multidisciplinary nature of the new system, GJPMC physicians will be able to perform different but related procedures in one go, he added.

During the official commissioning of Philips Azurion Angiography System held at Gleneagles JPMC Cardiac Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“Furthermore, the new system, especially with its wide frame allows us to construct 3D images of different systems of the body which use less contrast media that helps increase patients’ safety,” he said. 

During the official commissioning of Philips Azurion Angiography System held at Gleneagles JPMC Cardiac Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“Previously, to perform image guided therapy to areas beyond the heart, we would have to improvise, using different machines to capture the systems frame by frame, but the Philips Azurion Bi-plane Angiography System caters to most parts of the body,” he added. 

Also present at the event was the Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar.

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