Fountain Valley Regional Hospital unveils new $3 million angiography suite
Fountain Valley Regional Hospital recently unveiled its new neurointerventional angiography suite.
The suites new medical imaging equipment includes a biplane angiography system, manufactured by Siemens Healthineers, which assists physicians in performing surgical procedures in a less invasive manner.
Randy Rogers, the chief executive for Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, said the new suite cost between $3 million and $3.5 million.
Dr. Hamed Farid said the biplane room is being utilized for neurointerventional work. He demonstrated the detailed imaging of the system in a brief presentation for hospital staff and dignitaries in December.
“Interventional radiology is from the neck down,” Farid said. “It’s low-risk procedures. Neurointervention is from the neck up, and these are very high-risk procedures, usually, very little room for error. If something wrong was to happen, it can be devastating for the patient.”
Farid spoke to the importance of precision when operating in and around the brain, comparing the curvature of the blood vessels within to navigating Lombard Street in San Francisco, famous for its hairpin turns.
The device provides physicians access to live fluoroscopy on two planes at the same time, which allows for the faster maneuvering of catheters into the brain. Farid added that the radiation exposure for the patient is reduced significantly.
“You are able to view two different projections at the same time, so literally as we’re going up with the wire and the catheter, you’re able to go back and forth in the projections and know exactly where your catheter is, be able to maneuver the wire around and position catheters to the exact location needed,” Farid said. “When you’re looking at 1- to 2-millimeter structures in the brain and maneuvering wires through those things from the patient’s groin or wrist, that precision is pretty important. Having the biplane room not only reduces the radiation exposure to the patient but also the contrast dosage.”
Dr. Reginald Abraham, the chief of staff at Fountain Valley Regional, celebrated the milestone as an opportunity to get more patients back to their families.
“Now, we have this ability to be able to detect and treat strokes to do what’s really important,” Abraham said. “This is important, but what is really important is for all of us to get back to what we do every day, which is be with our families, grow, love and have a wonderful time with the growth of our young ones, and also our elderly people.”