Vascular Center at Mercy installs Toshiba Infinix VC-i and customized CAT-880B catheterization table

Enhancing diagnostic and interventional capabilities to provide the highest level of patient care, The Vascular Center at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore has installed the InfinixTM VC-i and customized CAT-880B catheterization table from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. for its new state-of-the-art hybrid operating room (OR). Mercy Medical Center is now able to employ advanced interventional techniques and perform procedures for treating diseased blood vessels, including balloon angioplasty, stent and aneurysm repair, bypass surgery of the legs and removal of varicose veins without major incisions.

“The system enables us to save images from a full spin rotation and digitally enlarge images in real time without increasing dose or radiation to the patient.”

As a center of excellence, The Vascular Center at Mercy serves a patient population of primarily planned procedures rather than emergency procedures because patients come to Mercy for its specific expertise in managing vascular conditions.

"The design of the Infinix VC-i with its large field-of-view and unique rotating flat panel detector increases patient coverage and magnifies images for precise diagnosis and accuracy during surgery," said Dr. Elliott Badder, director, The Vascular Center at Mercy. "The system enables us to save images from a full spin rotation and digitally enlarge images in real time without increasing dose or radiation to the patient."

Toshiba worked with Mercy Medical Center to help design a hybrid OR for both diagnostic and interventional procedures. The Infinix VC-i single plane features a versatile dual-track, ceiling-mounted C-arm providing unprecedented access to the patient as well as lateral C-arm travel at the head-end of the table for upper extremity coverage. Also hanging from the ceiling are two booms holding the anesthesiologist's equipment and three operating room lights, one of which houses a camera for recording live interventional cases for educational opportunities. This unprecedented access and coverage of the ceiling-mounted triple-axis, combined with the flexible positioning of tableside controls and monitor display, make this system ideal for performing interventional procedures with improved overall efficiency.

Additionally, Toshiba worked with Dr. Badder to create a customized surgical adaptor board for the CAT-880B hybrid catheterization table, allowing physicians to adapt surgical instruments to the catheterization table. For example, this adaptor allows for quick conversion from endovascular to open surgical repair or facilitates a combination of open/endovascular approaches concurrently.

"The installation of the Infinix VC-i and customized CAT-880B table adaptor at Mercy Medical Center is an example of Toshiba's commitment to tailoring solutions that enhance a physician's ability to carry out procedures more efficiently," said Stephen Bumb, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. "Working closely with our customers to find the best solutions ultimately helps them provide optimal patient care."

The Vascular Center's customized hybrid OR suite is part of Mercy's new $417 million hospital tower, which was recently opened on December 19, 2010.


 Mercy Medical Center


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