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For some patients, the dye itself can be toxic if the kidneys can't flush it out of the system. Now new technology regulates the amount of contrast dye doctors give you during hospital procedures to help protect the sickest patients.
Vincent Bowlin says, "I love her. She's the best mother …I wouldn't want any other."
Vincent, father of three with one on the way, is very concerned about his mom, Mary, who's undergoing a heart catheterization. Mary is also diabetic. Her kidneys don't function fully, making the procedure, which uses contrast dye, a risky one.
Dr. Anand Prasad, md, Associate Professor of Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio says, "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."
Dr. Prasad was the first in the US to use Dyevert Plus, which precisely measures the right amount of contrast dye.
Dr. Prasad says, "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."
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, wants to keep up with them, but with her trademark sense of humor says right now; it's good to be able to hand them back to mom and dad.
Mary Bowlin says, "You can take care of them for a little bit, but once they get out of hand … ok bye!"
Dyevert Plus, made by osprey medical, received FDA clearance earlier this year. The system is now being used at hospitals across the country.