Mercy’s New Hybrid Operating Room Features Leading-Edge Imaging Technology

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November 30, 2011

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, a member of Catholic Health, continues to forge into the future of healthcare by becoming the first in the region to introduce a “hybrid” operating room (OR) featuring the Siemens Artis zee® biplane imaging system.

This new technology expands the hospital’s diagnostic and treatment capabilities for vascular and neurovascular conditions, including stroke, aneurysms and peripheral vascular disease.

The advanced biplane imaging system found in the hybrid OR provides physicians with high-definition images of blood vessels and soft tissue, such as brain tissue, enabling them to obtain live, 3-D views of the patient’s anatomy from any direction.

If necessary, the hybrid OR allows the clinical team to immediately shift from a diagnostic or interventional procedure to open surgery, with the scanning bed becoming an OR table in a moment’s notice.

Gold Standard for Vascular and Neurovascular Care

“The Artis biplane technology housed in our hybrid operating room is the new gold standard for vascular and neurovascular care, enabling us to provide our patients with the most advanced care available,” said C. J. Urlaub, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. “It exemplifies our ongoing commitment to safe, high quality patient care, and gives us a new tool to save more lives.”

The biplane imaging system features two advanced x-ray detectors that provide high-resolution images without distortion common with conventional x-ray techniques. This enables physicians to visualize interventional devices, such as guide wires, in precise detail from almost every angle.

The Hybrid Operating Room at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Allows for Faster, More Comfortable Recoveries

“This is a large step forward for neurovascular care,” said Lee Guterman, Ph.D., M.D., medical director of Stroke Services for Catholic Health. “This advanced technology expands minimally invasive treatment options and helps our patients achieve faster recoveries without the discomfort associated with traditional surgery.”

Treatment of Aneurysms

“This new imaging equipment provides high resolution images that help guide placement of tiny catheters into the aneurysm. The high definition image quality enables safe filling of the aneurysm without opening the skull. In addition, 3D high definition of the blood vessels in the brain guide all minimally invasive blood vessel repairs,” explained Dr. Guterman.

Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease

Biplane imaging improves treatment for peripheral artery disease (PAD) by reconstructing the artery so the blockage is clearly visible.

“The hybrid OR and biplane technology adds a new dimension to treating vascular disease at Mercy Hospital,” noted Julio Alvarez-Perez, M.D., a specialist in vascular/endovascular surgery. “It allows us to treat peripheral arterial disease in ways that will significantly improve patient outcomes.”

“We are pleased to be at the forefront of this advanced technology,” added Mercy surgeon Daniel Leary, MD. “These new medical tools continue to transform the minimally invasive arena, resulting in even better experiences for our patients.” 

Saves Time While Increasing Comfort and Convenience

The software found in the biplane imaging system creates detailed images of soft tissue similar to those generated by computed tomography (CT). Subsequently, this tool can save critical time by providing highly detailed anatomical images directly in the hybrid OR, reducing the need to move a patient for a diagnostic imaging study prior to the interventional procedure. Valuable time is also saved by eliminating the need to transfer the patient to an OR if open surgery is needed.

“The ability to convert the interventional room to an operating room is an exciting development in surgical services,” said Sharon Kimaid, Mercy’s Director of Perioperative Services. “The comfort, convenience and time savings by not having to transfer patients to different rooms for a diagnostic procedure or open surgery elevates the care we can offer.”

3-D Imaging in New Interventional Radiology Room

In addition to the hybrid OR, Mercy has opened a newly-constructed interventional radiology room featuring the Artis zee® single-plane imaging system which also provides physicians with highly detailed 3-D images of blood vessels during diagnostic and treatment procedures. The interventional radiology room is used for conducting angiogram examinations of coronary arteries, and other neurovascular and vascular procedures.

“The latest innovations found in these new imaging systems also have added comfort and safety features for our patients,” said Gerald Joyce, MD, chairman, Department of Radiology at Mercy Hospital. “The low dose radiation and ergonomic design of the systems help us provide a more comfortable, faster and less stressful experience for our patients.”