New Cath Lab at WNJ

6-22-04 - Heart disease is one of the nation’s largest health problems and the leading cause of death for all Americans aged 35 and older, making advancements in the medical technology used to diagnose and treat this condition critical. In an effort to provide faster and better cardiac care to Sherman area residents than ever before, Wilson N. Jones Medical Center Foundation has raised the funds to purchase a new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization x-ray lab.

This new technology will enhance WNJ’s ability to conduct minimally invasive procedures, enabling cardiologists to treat a wide range of clinical problems including coronary artery disease – a leading cause of heart disorders in the U.S. These catheter-based procedures are designed to enhance therapeutic results and reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. Among the many benefits of catheter-based interventions are shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and minimal surgical scarring.

Specifically, Wilson N. Jones Medical Center will use the new Integris Allura Flat Detector X-ray system from Philips Medical Systems. This fully digital system enables physicians to capture and view detailed images of a patient’s coronary structure, thereby facilitating faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Additionally, the system:
·Exposes patients to less radiation during the actual procedures than other systems.
·Enables a physician to have better patient access during an exam, as the system is compact.
·Provides better x-ray images through the use of a Flat Detector System for the most accurate diagnosis possible. Additionally, the system’s digital design reduces image distortion.

“Both our patients and clinicians will benefit from the speed and superior image accuracy of this new x-ray system,” explained Pat Flynn, CEO of WNJ. “It will allow our 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. It also means less radiation exposure for the patient.”

This flexible system can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of patient conditions and can be used for procedures such as diagnostic catheterizations, stenting, and balloon angioplasty. WNJ has performed 1,096 of these types of procedures this year, up 35% over the same time period last year.

Wilson N. Jones Medical Center has partnered with Philips Medical Systems to provide this enhanced technology to its patients. “Interventional x-ray technology is a vital component in the future of medicine,” said John Steidley, Ph.D., vice president, Cardiovascular X-ray, Philips Medical Systems North America. “Philips’ Integris Allura brings a new level of quality and detail to WNJ’s images to allow physicians to offer patients safe and effective alternatives to surgery.”

Source: WNJ press release