It’s not every day a patient gets the opportunity to see and learn about cardiology procedures let alone get up close to the tools, technology and doctors behind the clinical curtain. In a world where 17.3 million people die each year from cardiovascular disease1, the primary focus is often disease prevention and less about the procedures and equipment that help save lives in a cardiac crisis. But if you build it, they will come, or at least that’s what happened when Aurora Healthcare, a premiere health care system with 15 hospitals across south eastern Wisconsin, USA, created a cardiac showcase to educate visitors of Milwaukee’s Discovery World Museum.
Hundreds of visitors toured the exhibit and participated in a hands-on cardiac research showcase exhibit offering a rare opportunity for the public to participate in demonstrations and interactive experiences led by doctors and researchers from Aurora Healthcare. As part of the exhibit, Aurora featured a stationary model of their latest investment, mobile interventional cardiology technology by GE Healthcare, the Discovery* IGS 730 for the hybrid operating room (OR).
“This new equipment which we have from GE allows us to take care of the patient through minimally invasive procedures and if there is a real need for surgery, we can convert the room to an open operating room. Our surgical colleagues can take care of patients right there in the laboratory. That’s the main advantage,” says Dr. Tanvir Bajwa, Cardiologist, Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center.
A modern operating room will normally be equipped with technology that supports the physician with a range of invasive procedures from open surgery to endovascular techniques. While effective, these procedures require complex surgery that results in long recovery times for the patient, such is the degree of invasiveness and trauma to the human body. However, adding this equipment means such techniques are replaced with keyhole-type surgery, where minimal incisions are made.
“It’s a major benefit for the patient and healthcare costs because with these minimally invasive procedures, patients can go home within one to two days and the healthcare costs goes down overall when patients can go home early. We feel this is a major advancement compared to the major surgical procedures. Now, we have the equipment, the physicians, the staff, the imaging to take care of our patient as leaders do, and help patients throughout Wisconsin,” added Bajwa.
Behind the Technology
GE Healthcare’s Discovery IGS 730 image-guided system brings exceptional interventional image quality into the operating room, allowing a single hybrid OR available for multiple procedures and multiple specialties. The system accommodates a full range of procedures, from open surgery, to minimally invasive endovascular techniques, to complex procedures that include both open surgical and endovascular components.
Aurora’s St Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee is the first hospital in the Upper Midwest region of the US to install a Discovery IGS 730. Next month, the hospital will begin treating patients using the advanced mobile imaging system. Benefits to patients in a hybrid OR include minimally invasive procedures designed to help reduce risk and deliver the desired long-term clinical outcomes. The Discovery IGS 730 allows procedures in one single room avoiding the transfer of patients between the OR and interventional labs. Patients experiencing the Discovery IGS 730 get exceptional image quality to help ensure clear visualization procedure accuracy and dose efficiency.
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