First of three new cath labs opens at HMC

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  In the front, from left, are Angela Johnson, Tonya Burns, Robin Nguyen and Jamie Clark. In the back are Patrick Wilder, Jeff Hughes, Ezad Ahmad, MD, Jason Worthington and Ahad Hassan, MD.
The first of three new cardiac catheterization labs has opened at Hamilton Medical Center. Cath lab representatives are pictured. In the front, from left, are Angela Johnson, Tonya Burns, Robin Nguyen and Jamie Clark. In the back are Patrick Wilder, Jeff Hughes, Ezad Ahmad, MD, Jason Worthington and Ahad Hassan, MD. 

DALTON, Ga.– Procedures were performed in the new cardiac catheterization lab on July 16 at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC). When the project is completed in early November, HMC will have three labs.

Our staff, physicians and our patients have been very impressed with our new facilities and equipment,” said Jeff Hughes, director of Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Services. “The new space and equipment are incredible and will greatly enhance the patient experience, as well as, provide our physicians with the best possible imaging, providing a faster, more accurate diagnosis for patients.

The new equipment installed in the lab, Artis zee® angiography system, provides physicians with highly detailed images of patient’s blood vessels during diagnostic and treatment procedures.

Developed by Siemens Medical Solutions, the fully digital Artis zee features advanced technology in the form of flat-panel detectors, which enable physicians to obtain images in high resolution, without the distortion common with conventional X-ray techniques. The flat detectors not only enable physicians to visualize fine blood vessels, it also helps physicians visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires, catheters and coronary stents in precise detail and from almost any angle.

The Artis zee® is specially designed to provide patients with the lowest possible radiation dose. Minimizing radiation dose is especially beneficial during catheterization 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 through an intuitive table-side touch-screen display. This enables full system control, and leads to improved confidence during the procedure.

The second of three catheterization labs is scheduled to open in mid-August. The third lab is scheduled to open in November. It will be a hybrid lab featuring the Siemens Artis zeego angiography system and can be used for procedures other than cardiac catheterization, including endovascular procedures.