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Fort Lauderdale, FL - According to the American Stroke Association, one person suffers a stroke every 45 seconds in the United States, accounting for at least half of all patients hospitalized for acute neurological disease. Holy Cross Hospital recently implemented the use of the newest, most, state-of-the-art imaging technology available today. enabling physicians to capture and view detailed three-dimensional images of the brain vasculature through the use of an innovative angiographic X-ray lab.

Through the acquisition of this technology, Holy Cross Hospital and Laszlo Miskolczi, MD, are now able to conduct minimally invasive procedures to treat a wide range of clinical problems including stroke, carotid artery disease, brain aneurysms and other vascular disorders. These catheter-based procedures present fewer risks, require no haircut, leave minimal scarring and require shorter recovery times than those involved with traditional surgical approaches. The new technology and the presence of a dedicated stroke team enables Holy Cross Hospital to become a comprehensive stroke center and will help physicians to minimize or "undo" the consequences of an acute stroke if patients arrive in time.

The new Allura Xper FD20/20 interventional lab from Philips enables physicians to capture and view detailed 3D images of a patient's vascular structure, thereby facilitating faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease. The Allura also exposes patients to less radiation than other systems. Holy Cross Hospital has also purchased a "biplane" configuration system, allowing physicians to view anatomy in two planes simultaneously - a crucial technique for the complex brain procedures performed at the hospital.

"Both our patients and clinicians will benefit from the speed and excellent image accuracy of this new X-ray system," Dr. Miskolczi says. "It will allow physicians to complete a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures faster, and that means the patient is off the table and on their way to recovery and discharge much sooner."

The multi-functional system aids in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of patient conditions and renders common procedures like diagnostic catheterizations, stenting, balloon angioplasty, vertebroplasty, and embolizations faster and safer.

"Interventional X-ray technology is a vital component in the future of medicine," said Richard Fabian, Vice President, Cardiac and Vascular X-ray, Philips Medical Systems. "The Philips Allura brings a new level of quality and detail to Holy Cross Hospital's images, allowing physicians to offer patients safe and effective alternatives to surgery."

Holy Cross Hospital is pleased to be able to offer this important improvement in healthcare to its patients. Patient referrals may be made by calling 954-492-5780.