New digital imaging system at UTHCT lets physicians see into the heart as well as tiny blood vessels

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Using a versatile new digital imaging system, cardiologists and vascular surgeons at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler are now able to perform both cardiac and vascular exams on patients with a single system.

The GE Innova 3100 all digital cardiovascular and interventional imaging system allows UTHSCT physicians to clearly see the structure of the heart, as well as blood vessels throughout the body, even the tiny vessels that carry blood to the fingertips, said Masroor Khan, MD, the director of UTHSCT’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab and an associate professor of medicine.

“Many UTHSCT patients have both coronary and vascular disease. With the GE Innova 3100, we can more accurately diagnose – and in some cases even treat – both these conditions during a single procedure. This eliminates the stress and inconvenience of having to undergo multiple procedures,” Dr. Khan said.

The images produced by GE’s Innova 3100 are so detailed that UTHSCT cardiologists and vascular surgeons are able to safely maneuver the smallest medical devices – catheters, stents, and guidewires – through tiny arteries during balloon angioplasties, vascular interventions, and other procedures, he said.

The UTHSCT cardiac catheterization lab is the first in East Texas to install and use this next generation digital imaging equipment to diagnose and treat cardiovascular patients, Dr. Khan said. The addition of this cutting-edge technology marks the 25th anniversary of cardiovascular services at UTHSCT.

Cardiologists at UTHSCT include Dudley Goulden, MD, Fellow of the American College of Cardiologists, chief of cardiology and professor of medicine; Dr. Khan, Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and Fellow of the American College of Cardiologists; and James Galizia, MD, Fellow of the American College of Cardiologists, assistant professor of medicine at UTHSCT.

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