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Toshiba Systems Help Memorial Hermann to Improve Care Through Transradial Intervention

04/7/2011 4:00PMSign-up to receive press releases.

Memorial Hermann performs thousands of interventional procedures annually, and with the installation of five InfinixTM-i vascular x-ray systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., doctors have been able to institute the radial approach for cardiovascular interventional procedures. The five systems installed include two VF-i bi-plane systems, two CF-i single plane systems, and one VF-i single plane system.

Most U.S. healthcare providers rely on femoral access for interventional procedures, which has inherent risk of complications. Research has shown that transradial intervention can reduce bleeding complications during angioplasty and stenting. The lower risk of complication coupled with faster ambulation can result in speedier recovery, better patient comfort, and reduced length of stay.

Cardiologist Dr. Colin Barker is now using the radial approach in 80 percent of the interventional cases he handles, including both low-risk and high-risk cases such as diagnostics, type A lesions with a single blockage, ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), PCI, chronic occlusion, and stenting in patients with weak hearts.

“Toshiba’s Infinix-i vascular lab is ideal for radial interventions as it allows equal access to the right and left radial arteries,” said Barker. “The design of the system enables us to move the monitors and change the positioning of the C-arm without having to pivot the table to reposition the patient, so we can operate from either side. This creates an ergonomically comfortable environment for the interventional team and the patient.”

“The installation of five Infinix-i systems at Memorial Hermann is an example of Toshiba’s commitment to helping elevate patient care through improved workflow and reduced complications during interventional procedures,” said Doug Ryan, vice president, marketing and strategic development, Toshiba. “With an unparalleled range of motion, the system helps increase collaboration between cardiologists and clinical staff, making it an ideal system to support radial intervention without compromising patient outcomes.”


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