Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) handles approximately 3,300 cath lab patients annually. After success with its three older Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. cath labs, TGMC has completed installation of a new InfinixTM DP-i system with Next Generation Advanced Image Processing (AIP) from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., to meet the needs of its growing interventional practice and increase in limb salvage cases.
“As one of the largest interventional practices in the country, many of our patients are critically ill and have disease in multiple areas,” explained Dr. Peter Fail, director of cardiac catheterization laboratories and interventional research, Terrebonne General Medical Center and Cardiovascular Institute of the South. “The Infinix DP-i gives us the best of both worlds by allowing us to switch from evaluating the heart to peripherals, all within a single procedure using the same system.”
The Infinix DP-i’s unique dual C-arm system allows one lab to perform like two. One C-arm is designed for cardiac work, while the other is optimized for peripheral work outside the heart, such as carotids, renals, and legs. The system enables clinicians to transition between cardiac and peripheral work during a single procedure. The improved image quality during fluoroscopic intervention allows TGMC to see with more clarity and enhances device guidance and deployment, creating safer, faster, and more comprehensive exams.
In 2009, TGMC performed approximately 1,160 peripheral interventions. With PVD, blockages can occur when deposits build up in the inner linings of the artery walls and restrict blood circulation leading to the legs and feet. Eventually, blockages in the limbs can turn into limb ischemia, which can result in gangrene, nonhealing wounds, and eventually amputation. Diabetics, a patient population on the rise at TGMC, are at particular risk for limb ischemia and amputations, since impaired circulation is one of the complications associated with diabetes. Using the Infinix DP-i, TGMC clinicians can access the patient from either side of the table, which is especially useful in limb salvage cases where ischemia could be present in one or more limbs.
“The flexible design of the Infinix DP-i and unprecedented patient access make it ideal for high-volume interventional practices,” said Doug Ryan, vice president,marketing and strategic development, Toshiba. “This system is an example of Toshiba’s commitment to designing innovative technology to improve workflow and collaboration during procedures through better patient access.”