The new cardiac catheterization lab has been completed at JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER. The new unit is among six new catheterization labs to be completed throughout HHC from 2003 to 2006, enabling the hospitals to operate dedicated adult diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization labs for the purpose of improving access and continuity of cardiology services for patients.
The new state-of-the-art systems are designed to provide cardiologists with more information than ever before, resulting in better diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. From detection and diagnosis, to treatment, monitoring and information systems, cardiology systems provide cardiac centers with the information they need to optimize patient care. Cardiologists in the cardiac catheterization lab use this equipment when performing procedures to view and treat potential coronary artery blockages that could cause heart attacks or other serious cardiovascular damage.
According to the American Heart Association and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women. In total, one (1) in five (5) adults in the U.S. has some form of heart disease. The technology now available will permit cardiologists to see blood vessels with exceptional clarity, even in larger patients whose images are more difficult to see with conventional X-ray systems. In addition, the revolutionary image quality will facilitate the viewing of hard-to-see blood vessels, as well as devices used during procedures, such as stents, guidewires and catheters. The new systems enable staff to see more anatomical details of the heart than ever before and offer our patients the added benefit of minimal radiation exposure during cardiac imaging procedures.
By converting X-ray signals into digital images at the point of acquisition, the new equipment captures information with minimal loss over the full range of typical exposures. It also minimizes the artifacts and distortions associated with conventional systems.
With the equipment's image acquisition technology, the ways of processing and managing acquired image data can be enhanced. In addition, the digital images can be integrated into image information networks, including cardiology and hospital information systems, so cardiologists and patients can benefit from easier access to this information anywhere in the world.
The new lab at JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER features the GE lnnova 2000 system.