Special to The Sun
INTEGRIS Health Edmond is expanding its cardiology and radiology services to include a heart catheterization/interventional radiology suite. Construction of the lab began in April and the system will be housed within the hospital.
Consisting of one of the most leading-edge vascular imaging systems available, the lab is the first of its kind in the state.
“This X-ray system features dual plane technology, which essentially allows the opportunity for two different procedures to be performed within the same room,” said Scott Tulane, director of INTEGRIS Health Edmond’s radiology department. “It allows the flexibility to perform both cardiac and peripheral exams, enhancing productivity and improving the exam experience for patients.”
The system is used for a wide variety of radiology and cardiology applications, including procedures that study the extensive cardiovascular system to identify blocked arteries. Clogged arteries can cause potentially life-threatening conditions such as stroke, heart attack and aneurysms, making the ability to locate these arteries critical.
Additionally, the system’s unique design enables physicians to view different anatomical areas without repositioning the patient. Most cath lab technology requires clinicians to work from the right side only, limiting procedures. Physicians also can process and view images in real-time, which helps speed up diagnosis and treatment planning.
INTEGRIS Health Edmond’s onsite cardiologists and radiologists will use the lab alongside an experienced nursing and technical staff with more than 50 years of shared cardiac/interventional care experience.
“This will enable us to better serve the communities within northern Oklahoma, Logan and Lincoln counties. The ability to conduct these services and provide treatments for heart related illnesses in Edmond, will increase survivability of these disease processes,” Tulane said.
The heart lab is scheduled to open in late July.