“A tether housing the electrical connection to the unit allows the system to float, providing an additional degree of freedom,” says Dr. Folander. “Its flexibility means the unit can also be moved completely out of the way and into multiple positions.”
Aside from its supreme flexibility, the system also provides a large field, or flat panel, for precise 3D acquisition, according to Dr. Folander. The wide C-arm can help accommodate larger patients; and multiple, or combined procedures can be done in one room at one time if necessary.
“Simply put, it’s a sophisticated interventional environment without boundaries that will enhance how we do complex vascular and cardiac procedures and even trauma cases,” says Dr. Folander. “It could be a true time saver and potentially a life saver, when reverting to surgery, as it could prove especially invaluable in emergency situations when every second counts.”
Complex procedures to be performed in the Hybrid ORSpecialists using the hybrid OR at St. Luke’s include vascular surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiac electrophysiologists and interventional radiologists. Procedures to be performed in this new environment include endovascular repair of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms; pacemaker lead extractions; transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR); trauma cases requiring multiple, or combined, procedures. Non-trauma patients requiring combined procedures or surgeries will also be candidates for procedures in the hybrid OR at St. Luke’s. “In designing the Discovery IGS 730, it was always our goal to provide the latest in OR efficiency – with high-precision imaging capability and exceptional in-room mobility. This solution aims to accommodate a wide range of minimally invasive and surgical procedures. Due to the technological advancement and flexibility of the system we hope it will allow our customers to explore and discover new ways within the OR room,” says Chantal Le Chat, General Manager, GE Healthcare, Detection & Guidance Solutions. “It is clear that St. Luke’s shares this goal and as such represents a great partner.”