We've pledged £500,000 towards state-of-the-art biplane imaging systems at Royal Brompton Hospital

The equipment in Royal Brompton's Catheter Laboratory (cath lab) 2 urgently needs upgrading and relies on our Charity’s funding. We've committed to raising £500,000 to provide Royal Brompton with the latest biplane imaging technology to benefit both staff and patients. 

Royal Brompton’s cath labs carry out 4,000 minimally invasive diagnostic, interventional and treatment procedures each year on patients just weeks old through to adults. Cath Lab 2 is primarily used for paediatric patients, some weighing as little at 700 grams.

Baby Leo's story

Leo was prematurely born at only 24 weeks, weighing 710 grams. He was born with a heart condition called patent ductus arteriosus. As a result, it was harder for him to breathe without the ventilator. Leo was also struggling to gain weight as most of his energy was spent trying to breathe.

Unfortunately, after unsuccessful treatment, doctors made a decision to send Leo for PDA surgery at Royal Brompton's Cath Lab 2. At the time of surgery, he weighed only 800 grams. The surgery was a success - a big step in Leo's recovery.

Leos' Mum said, "We struggle to put in words how extremely worrying and stressful this time was for us and our family when we didn’t know if Leo would survive." Leo came home just before Christmas, "It was the best Christmas present we could have ever received."

With your support, patients just like Leo will benefit from the upgrade of Cath Lab 2.

What is biplane imaging?

Biplane imaging is the most advanced interventional imaging, providing better and more detailed images of patients. The equipment we'll be funding, the Philips Azurion 7, also means much lower radiation for both patients and staff. This will have huge implications, especially for our youngest patients whose kidneys are more prone to damage from contrast agents.

Will you be a part of this special ambition?

Take part in an upcoming event or make a regular donation to show your long-term support for this project. Thank you for your support - we look forward to keeping you up-to-date with the progress!