According to the American Heart Association, atherosclerosis causes hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes each year and accounts for nearly three-fourths of all U.S. deaths from cardiovascular disease.
With that statistic in mind, Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center recently invested in a state-of-the-art, fully digital cardiac catheterization unit. “This new unit will play a critical role in assisting physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with acute conditions, such as a sudden clot within a coronary artery. The new unit will also help us treat patients with chronic heart conditions like atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque that affects blood flow in arteries,” said Kochicheril Moni, MD, cardiologist with Cardiovascular Specialists, Inc., a specialty practice associated with the Bon Secours Medical Group.
The GE ® Innova 2210IQ imaging system complements the medical center’s fully digital vascular laboratory and provides the clinical team affiliated with the Heart & Vascular Institute access to the latest in technology. The fully digital cardiovascular and interventional X-ray imaging system allows for better visualization of hard-to-see blood vessels and anatomy with greater clarity, even in larger patients who are generally more challenging to image. In addition, by using a fully digital imaging system, the new system will reduce the patient’s overall exposure to radiation as compared to conventional fluoroscopy systems.
“The images produced by the new system are so detailed that physicians are able to see clearly enough to safely maneuver small medical devices – such as catheters, stents, and guidewires – during balloon angioplasties, vascular interventions, and other clinical procedures,” said Saumil V. Patel, MD, interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Specialists, Inc. “This allows our physicians to provide a wider range of image-guided, minimally invasive treatment options, and in some cases we can help patients avoid surgery.”