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Generous donations help fund the latest cardiac imaging technology


The new equipment means St John of God Bunbury Hospital is now providing South West communities with access to state-of-the-art heart care, closer to home. It’s the first time this technology has been available in WA’s South West, saving patients travel to Perth for this specialised care.

The state-of-the-art technology – a 3D/4D transoesophageal echocardiography probe and a 4D ultrasound machine – enables doctors to see the inner mechanisms of the heart and blood flow in real-time.

A key benefit of the technology is the comprehensive images that help specialists to make more effective surgical decisions and provide patients with greater details about their condition, treatment and recovery.

The technology allows us to visualise the shape of heart valves before going into surgery so that we can plan whether an affected valve can be repaired or needs to be replaced ahead of time
Cardiologist Dr Stefan Buchholz, St John of God Bunbury Hospital
Michael Darwood, St John of God Bunbury Hospital patient

St John of God Bunbury Hospital CEO Jeffrey Williams said the investment would give people living in regional South West WA the same access to the latest diagnostic technology as those living in metropolitan regions, removing the burden of travel that patients can face. “It is wonderful that we can now offer this cutting edge technology right here in Bunbury.”

This new technology has already provided numerous patients with life-changing treatment, supporting advanced cardiac care in the region.

One of the first patients to benefit from the new technology was Bunbury resident Michael Darwood (pictured), who was grateful to be able to access this specialised care without travelling to Perth. “We live only 10 minutes away from the hospital, you can’t get any better than that.”

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