The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, is set to become the second government hospital in northern region to have cath lab facility.
Dr S Reddy, head, department of cardiology, GMCH-32, on Wednesday said the hospital had received nod from the union health ministry for setting up a cath lab, adding that currently, only Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, had the facility.
A catheterisation laboratory or cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to visualise the arteries of the heart and the chambers of the heart and treat any abnormality found.
"The cath lab machine will be very advanced technologically and will be equipped with intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography, besides latest software like MEDIS X Anzio and online HIS systems," he said, adding that the cath lab would be the first in a government set-up in India to have a such a sophisticated technology.
Reddy said the Rs 12-crore unit would be made functional by March 2015.
Anil Kumar, health secretary, Chandigarh administration, said the facility would help in easing pressure on the PGIMER, and would benefit a large number of patients.