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Health Beat: DyeVert Plus: Making imaging safer

Health Beat: DyeVert Plus: Making...

SAN ANTONIO - Vincent Bowlin, a father of three with one on the way, is very concerned about his mom, Mary, who's undergoing a heart catheterization.

"I love her. She's the best mother. I wouldn't want any other," Bowlin said.

Mary is also diabetic. Her kidneys don't function fully, making the procedure, which uses contrast dye, a risky one.

"When someone needs multiple procedures, one after another, each procedure puts them at risk for furthering kidney damage, and so if we can save the contrast dye at each step, we can then prevent a worse outcome in terms of her kidneys," said Dr. Anand Prasad, associate professor of medicine at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Prasad was the first in the United States to use DyeVert Plus, which precisely measures the right amount of contrast dye.

"The dye itself is toxic to the kidneys, and when someone has impaired renal function, they don't excrete the dye like they should, so it sits there, causing more and more damage," Prasad explained.

DyeVert uses Bluetooth wireless signals to give doctors real-time tracking of contrast dye, so patients aren't getting any more than they really need.

Mary loves her six grandchildren and wants to keep up with them, but with her trademark sense of humor said, right now; it's good to be able to hand them back to mom and dad.

"You can take care of them for a little bit, but once they get out of hand... 'OK, bye!" Mary said.

DyeVert Plus, made by Osprey Medical, received FDA clearance earlier this year. The system is now being used at hospitals across the country. 

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