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New Advanced X-Ray System at Decatur Memorial Hospital Helps Physicians Diagnose and Treat Heart Disease and Vascular Disease

 

 

Decatur, Ill…Doctors at Decatur Memorial Hospital are using an advanced digital X-ray imaging system to see extremely detailed, real-time images of patient anatomy during procedures that require precision.

The Innova® 4100 system from GE Healthcare, located in the new DMH Cardiovascular Hybrid Lab is helping physicians at Decatur Memorial Hospital treat a variety of medical disorders including diseases of the heart and blood vessels without major surgery. This means effective treatment with less risk, less discomfort, and shorter recovery times. Decatur Memorial Hospital is only the second hospital in Illinois with this new GE technology.

This new DMH Cardiovascular Hybrid Lab allows doctors at DMH to use an advanced digital X-ray imaging system to see extremely detailed, real-time images of patient anatomy during procedures that require exacting precision. If it’s determined the patient needs surgery, he or she will not need to be moved to another room, as the Cardiovascular Hybrid Lab is a sterile environment, equipped for surgeries.

Digital X-ray systems like the Innova 4100 capture X-ray pictures on computers instead of film. In general, digital X-ray exams are faster and produce higher-quality images than are possible on film-based (analog) systems. The Innova 4100 provides advanced capability for visualizing delicate procedures, such as placing a tiny wire mesh tube (stent) in a patient’s artery to sustain or recover blood flow.

“It is critical for us to see the anatomy very clearly while guiding catheters, stents and other medical devices to areas needing treatment,” says Steven Weber, MD. “Because the Innova 4100 produces more detailed images than conventional systems at the lowest reasonably achievable dose, our staff can perform delicate procedures like balloon angioplasty and blood vessel interventions with great accuracy and confidence.”

The Innova 4100 has a large digital detector, 16 inches square. This lets doctors see more anatomy in a single exam and complete studies with fewer X-ray images, less X-ray dose and fewer injections of contrast dye.    

“We are very excited about adding the GE Innova 4100 to our technology offering at Decatur Memorial Hospital,” says Ken Smithmier, President and CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “By putting this advanced system in the hands of our medical experts, we can make significant improvements in the patient care in the communities we serve.”