New Direction > September 21, 2018

Cath lab renovation, new technology installation almost complete

No one enjoys undergoing surgery to treat a cardiac condition, but with advanced catheter-based procedures, patients have more effective, less invasive treatment options available to them these days. In our cath lab at Memorial Hospital, we’ve just upgraded to advanced imaging technology providing intuitive, procedure-specific tools that may help lower risks and shorten recovery times when treating our patients with cardiovascular disease.

“Quick and easy access to enhanced visualization and live navigation through soft tissue anatomy will ultimately help our cardiology specialists determine the optimal course of treatment with greater confidence,” said Lauri Omsberg, cath lab director. “The system, which is currently being installed, is an Allura imaging system with ClarityIQ technology. It enables physicians to deliver fast and confident diagnosis, simplified procedures and an efficient clinical workflow. The table is designed for advanced peripheral imaging and will allow us to offer electrophysiology studies, which is an important option for our patients in East Texas.”

“This new technology will offer quality imaging at a fraction of the radiation dose too, so as a result we’ll reduce staff exposure,” Lauri noted. “We’ll also be able to offer our patients less contrast media during certain procedures.”

Whether it’s a routine coronary issue or the most complex structural heart disease, in the next couple of weeks, these new solutions will allow our team of specialists to perform a wider range of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac procedures in a more patient-focused environment and that’s good news for East Texas.

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