Heart disease is one of our nation’s most common health problems—the leading cause of death for Americans age 35 and older. Introducing advancements in the medical technology used to diagnose and treat this condition is more critical than ever before at Holy Cross Hospital. In an effort to help its physicians provide faster and more efficient cardiac care to South Florida area residents, Holy Cross has opened a new state-of-the-art EPS lab from Philips.
Holy Cross is able to conduct minimally invasive procedures on the new system to treat a wide range of clinical problems including atrial fibrillation -- a leading cause of heart disorders in the U.S. These catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. The benefits of catheter-based interventions include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and less visible surgical scarring. These procedures can be performed on both the heart and peripheral blood vessels.
Specifically, Holy Cross will use the Allura Xper FD10 X-ray system from Philips. This fully digital system enables physicians to capture and view detailed images of a patient’s heart structure, thereby facilitating faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Additionally, the system:
- Exposes patients to less radiation during the procedures than some other systems.
- Enables a physician to have better patient access during an exam due to the system’s compact design.
- The Allura’s digital Philips Flat Detector helps to provide outstanding image quality, with less distortion than older imaging technologies. The Flat Detector helps to enhance diagnostic confidence and promotes better visualization during interventional procedures.
“Interventional X-ray technology is a vital component in the future of medicine,” said Richard Fabian, Vice President, Diagnostic Imaging, Philips Medical Systems, North America. “We’re happy that the Philips Allura system is helping to bring a new level of quality and detail to the images that physicians at Holy Cross are using to promote alternatives to major surgery.”
This flexible system can be used for procedures such as electrophysiology studies, ablations, pacemaker and defibrillator implants. Holy Cross performs hundreds of these types of procedures per year.
“Both our patients and clinicians can benefit from the speed and outstanding image accuracy of this new X-ray system,” explained Rishi Anand, MD, Medical Director of the EPS Lab. “It will allow our physicians to complete a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures faster, and that means the patient is off the table and on their way to recovery and discharge much sooner.”