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Geneva General Hospital Installs New State of the Art Interventional Radiology Suite
Geneva General Hospital announces the installation of a new Artis zee® ceiling-mounted angiography system that 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 three-dimensional images in high resolution, without the distortion common with conventional x-ray techniques. The flat detectors, made of amorphous silicon, not only enable physicians to visualize the finest blood vessels, it also helps physicians visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires and catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle. “This system will allow us to place Kyphoplasty cannulas more accurately and perform TIPS as a 3D guided procedure” comments interventional radiologist Dr. Tom Thompson.

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

"This latest Radiology upgrade by Finger Lakes Health will provide our community with the most advanced, state of the art technology available. It will allow for a higher quality of care with a greater rate of accuracy, which drives our purpose of providing outstanding care, and doing so while providing excellent patient safety" states Jeff Fultz, director of diagnostics.

Angiography is a procedure that helps physicians visualize blood vessels in various parts of the body, including the heart, brain, and kidneys. After a thin catheter is inserted into an artery leading to the desired body area, an iodine-based dye is injected to highlight the vessels when x-rays are taken. Angiography is often used to determine whether blood vessels are narrowed or blocked. It also makes it possible to combine diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure, as in patients who undergo surgery, angioplasty, or stent placement.
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