(DominicaNews)Reports from the Chinese Embassy state that Radiologist Dr. Yang Peng, Cardiologist Dr. Dexi Wu from the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, the People’s Republic of China, and Cardiologist Dr. Rachel Andrew, Mrs. Genise Pascal, Mr. Yusnier Garay Valdes from Dominica-China Friendship Hospital successfully implemented the first contrast cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Dominica on July 19, 2023.
The patient was a 53-year-old male with a history of Hypertension and Diabetes. His Echocardiogram showed heart dysfunction. Furthermore, the contrast Cardiac MRI revealed extensive left ventricular subepicardial fibrosis, probably due to myocarditis, enlargement of the left ventricle and left atrium, and reduced LVEF. The Cardiac MRI examination is good for optimizing his treatment plan.
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive test that applies a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within and around the heart. Doctors use it to evaluate the heart’s anatomy and function. A cardiac MRI can help your doctor diagnose many different heart conditions, such as tissue damage from a heart attack, inflammation in the myocardium, problems in the aorta, diseases of the pericardium (outer lining of the heart muscle), heart muscle diseases, such as cardiomyopathies, heart failure, cardiac tumors, heart valve disorders, and congenital heart problems.
After Dominica-China Cardiovascular Imaging Center launched on July 7, 2023, MRI Contrast Agents and Injection Systems, an advanced MRI workstation donated by the Chinese government have been equipped in DCFH. In addition, the MRI training program for DCFH staff in China is going to kick off soon. More academic collaboration between China and Dominica has been progressing in improving healthcare for Dominicans.