Visualization at Hospitals

Due to a sever breathlessness, I was admitted to Clara Mass ER and underwent Stress Test, Echocardiogram and a number of EKGs. From the test results doctors performed a Coronary Angiography (also known as Cardiac Catheterization) in anticipation of inserting stents in my arteries. However, the blockage was less than the threshold, I do not need stents at this time and will be on medication for few months.

During the time at ER, I was simply impressed by the way the medical technology is using Visualization techniques (most of it is 3 Dimensional) to capture data, analyze the data and come to conclusions on a patient’s status.

Echocardiogram is a ultrasound technique that is capable of displaying a cross-sectional “slice” of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricle etc. I have never heard of this and was completely mesmerized to see my own heart on the screen.

Coronary Angiography is an X-ray examination of the blood vessels or chambers of the heart. Through a vert small tube (catheter) inserted into a blood vessel, and injecting a special fluid (called dye), a number of pictures (called angiograms) on my artery blockage were captured via X-ray machine. It was very fascinating to see this live on large monitors.

In the end, it was a great feeling to be back home. Sincere “Thank You” for everyone who wished me get well soon.