The Health Sector of La Palma, linked to the Department of Health of the Canary Islands Government, started work last weekend to replace the TAC of the University Hospital of La Palma. Thus, the current equipment was removed and a new TAC began to be installed, acquired with an investment of 347,110 Euros, through an EU-funded plan by the Ministry of Health with the Autonomous Communities to reduce obsolescence. agreed to. park. The technology of the National Health System informs the above regional department.
The new equipment will be put into operation during the second fortnight of February after proper installation, calibration, validation and staff training works. The old TAC, which retired at the end of this week, conducted a total of 5,275 studies during the last year 2022.
The new TAC to be installed in the hospital of La Palma is a high-tech device with innovative software that includes artificial intelligence programs that will facilitate and expand the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of pathologies.
Thus, with this new device it will be possible to study the kidneys in order to make more effective treatments in case of kidney stones; Cardiac to evaluate the coronary arteries, a major factor in heart attacks; and early diagnosis of stroke.
The new TAC will allow the performance of conventional techniques to perform biopsies and drainage, which in many cases will avoid referral of patients to reference centers in Tenerife.
On the other hand, and through the advanced software with which this instrument is equipped, it will be possible to reduce the dose of contrast needed to obtain optimal studies.
The director of La Palma’s health sector, Killian Sánchez, states that the department is constantly looking to improve health services throughout the island, and states that they are working on improving the radiodiagnostic service of the CAE of Los Llanos de. Ariadne,” which will soon be equipped with a CT, a densitometer, an orthopantomography, digital radiology equipment and a new magnetic resonance. All this is aimed at providing the best service possible in the western region of the island.
For his part, the manager of health services of La Palma, Mercedes Coelho, assured that with the speedy implementation of this new TAC at the University Hospital “there will be a significant leap in the quality of the diagnostic and therapeutic capacity that we provide.” are our patients, who will avoid trips to Tenerife and result in the quality of life of the population of La Palma ”.