First of Two New Cardiac Catheterization Labs at Orange Park Medical Center
October 19, 2010
Cardiologists at Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC) performed the first procedure today in the first of two new cardiac catheterization labs to open at the hospital. The two new cath labs are part of a $6 million expansion of the hospital’s cardiac care program. The expansion includes two new cardiovascular operating rooms and a new cardiovascular intensive care unit that will support OPMC’s open heart surgery program.
Orange Park Medical Center is the first hospital in the state to use Stentviz image magnification software as part of the newly opened cath lab’s state-of-the-art technology. The lab houses a versatile, new, digital imaging system from GE Healthcare, which allows cardiologists to perform both cardiac and vascular exams on patients with a single system.
The GE Innova® 3100IQ all digital cardiovascular and interventional imaging system lets physicians clearly see the blood vessels and anatomy of the heart, as well as blood vessels throughout the entire body.
Cardiologists use the system to view inside the body while performing diagnostic procedures and treating potential coronary artery blockages that could cause heart attacks or other serious cardiovascular damage.
In addition, the new imaging system can also be used in angiographic procedures to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating a wide range of vascular conditions throughout the body.
The images produced by the imaging system are so detailed that cardiologists are able to see clearly enough to safely maneuver the smallest medical devices – such as catheters, stents, and guidewires – during balloon angioplasties, vascular interventions and other clinical procedures.