The two brand-new state-of-the-art operating suites are specifically designed to allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive and image-assisted procedures. A hybrid OR combines sophisticated surgical equipment with the high-end imaging needed to perform complex transcatheter procedures. The spacious design of this specialized neurosciences OR includes an innovative biplane imaging system that provides physicians detailed three-dimensional views of small blood vessels and soft tissue during angiography and neuroradiology procedures. The new imaging system provides views of the patient’s anatomy, from any direction without the distortion common with conventional X-ray techniques, which helps in providing more accurate and faster diagnosis and treatment.
Two flat-panel X-ray detectors also help physicians visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires and catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle. The extremely detailed high-resolution images allow surgeons to perform complex interventions with newly emerging procedures used to treat patients with conditions previously considered too difficult for surgery. Advanced software technology creates detailed images of soft tissue – such as brain tissue – similar to images generated by a computed tomography (CT) scanner. The biplane system also is designed to provide patients with the lowest possible radiation dose and to reduce the need to reposition patients for imaging studies.
“The amazing detail provided by this high-tech imaging system enhances our capabilities to perform the most delicate procedures in the most vulnerable regions of the body,” said Dr. Robert Rossenwasser, Neurosurgeon and Medical Director of Endovascular Services at St. Mary. “This will greatly benefit the existing and future healthcare needs of our community.”