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Monongahela Valley Hospital Offers Patients Leading-Edge Angiography Capabilities

Monongahela Valley Hospital Offers Patients Leading-Edge Angiography Capabilities photo

Artis zee® angiography system.
(December 18, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is maintaining its high standard of interventional cardiology, radiology and vascular therapies with the installation of the new Artis zee® (ceiling/floor)-mounted angiography system that provides physicians with highly detailed images of patient's blood vessels during diagnostic and treatment procedures.

The fully digital Artis zee features advanced technology in the form of flat-panel detectors, which enable physicians to obtain three-dimensional images in high resolution, without the distortion common with conventional x-ray techniques. The flat detectors, made of amorphous silicon, not only enable physicians to visualize the finest blood vessels, it also helps physicians visualize interventional devices, such as guide wires and catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle.

"At Monongahela Valley Hospital, we continually install diagnostic and therapeutic devices and systems to provide high-quality and progressive care, said Louis J. Panza Jr., the hospital's president and CEO. "This system allows our medical teams to see internal organs from many perspectives with access to more details - even the smallest blood vessels can be viewed. MVH's ability to have more complete information leads to faster diagnosis and improved outcomes for patients."

The system is specially designed to provide patients with the lowest possible radiation dose. Minimizing radiation dose is especially beneficial during angiographic procedures because they are often lengthy in duration.

The ergonomic design of the system also eliminates time-consuming and uncomfortable repositioning of the patient in the exam room, making the procedure faster and less stressful for the patient. During interventions, the compact flat-panel detector technology enables virtually all anatomical regions to be easily imaged. System functions can be performed via an intuitive tableside touch-screen display. This enables full system control, and leads to improved confidence during the procedure.

Angiography is a procedure that helps physicians visualize blood vessels in various parts of the body, including the heart, brain, and kidneys. After a thin catheter is inserted into an artery leading to the desired body area, an iodine-based dye is injected to highlight the vessels when x-rays are taken. Angiography is often used to determine whether blood vessels are narrowed or blocked. It also makes it possible to combine diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure, as in patients who undergo surgery, angioplasty, or stent placement.

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