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VOL. 126 | NO. 31 | Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Methodist Opens High-Tech Cardiovascular, Neurovascular Centers

By Aisling Maki

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Methodist University Hospital will unveil its new state-of-the-art Neurovascular and Cardiovascular Centers Tuesday with a 4 p.m. ribbon cutting.

The centers are part of the Cardiovascular Institute, a partnership between Methodist University Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Columbia HeartSource, and the Methodist University Hospital Brain and Spine Institute.

The Neurovascular and Cardiovascular Centers feature technology that produces 3-D images that are faster and more accurate, aiding in advanced surgery and treatments for patients suffering from aneurysms, stroke, heart rhythm disorders, cholesterol buildup in arteries and numerous other cardiovascular and neurovascular diseases.

The centers will serve as a show site for manufacturer Siemens Healthcare, and doctors from across the U.S. and around the world are expected to travel to Memphis to see the equipment in use.

Methodist University Hospital, 1265 Union Ave., says it’s the first Mid-South hospital and among a few hospitals in the United States to offer this technology.

The Cardiovascular Center will use Artis zeego, an angiography system the hospital says offers unmatched positioning flexibility to enable the most advanced clinical procedures and techniques. Its robotic-assisted positioning enables the 3-D visualization of larger sections of the anatomy and provides doctors with additional information for increased diagnostics and potential reduced radiation.

It also makes it possible to combine diagnoses and treatment into one procedure for patients who undergo surgery, angioplasty or stent placement.

“It is wonderful to have this latest technology to offer my patients,” Dr. James Porterfield, director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory at Methodist University Hospital and associate professor of cardiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, said in a statement.

“In my 30 years of experience, this is the most exciting era for medical advancements.”

The Neurovascular Center will feature the Artis zee biplane system, providing doctors with highly detailed images of a patient’s blood vessels leading to the brain during neurovascular procedures, enabling 3-D views of the patient’s anatomy from any direction.

The system includes two advanced X-ray detectors that provide high-resolution images without conventional distortion and also help doctors visualize interventional devices in detail from almost any angle.

On the neurovascular side, Artis zee uses technology that helps detect hemorrhages and visualize brain tissue for faster and more accurate decision-making, saving critical time for stroke patients.

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