In February 2006, Bellevue Hospital Center completed the installation of their second Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, which is located on the eleventh floor of the Bed Tower. The newly renovated lab will significantly enhance the level of cardiac services available to the patient population and referring providers. Bellevue provides 24-hour emergency diagnostic and interventional services in response to Emergency Medical Services and transfers for acute myocardial infractions – heart attacks.
The 750 SF cardiac catheterization lab at Bellevue features a new Philips Allura Xper FD10 ceiling mounted, flat panel, digital x-ray imaging system. The system is capable of performing head-to-toe peripheral vascular angiography. Coronary angiography detects blockages of arteries that supply the heart with oxygenated blood. It is an invasive procedure in which a contrast dye is injected into the main arteries of the heart, so that x-ray images can be produced. The newly renovated lab, constructed and outfitted at a total cost of $2.5 million, will increase capacity and flexibility to do electro-physiology studies, cardiac implants, diagnostic coronary and peripheral catheterization, as well as percutaneous coronary and peripheral interventions, facilitating more rapid case turnaround and a reduced length of stay.