Good Samaritan Hospital September 03, 2019

Patients at Good Samaritan Hospital, which is part of the HCA Healthcare family, now have access to a uniquely configured hybrid catheterization lab with advanced capabilities. The catheterization (cath) lab includes comprehensive, state-of-the-art technology which allows Good Samaritan physicians the ability to more effectively treat a range of conditions - from complex coronary and structural heart disease to stroke to peripheral vascular disease.

"We are pleased to offer our community access to one of the most advanced hybrid cath labs in California," said Joe DeSchryver, chief executive officer of Good Samaritan Hospital. "We've been working for more than two years to bring this to our hospital so our physicians have access to the most advanced technology available when providing lifesaving interventions."

The hybrid cath lab, which is nearly twice the size of a traditional cath lab, has several components that work together and can be used for both minimally invasive interventions and open surgeries. The angiography system utilized in the hybrid room brings both extremely high-quality imaging and complete workspace freedom to angle imaging equipment without compromising detector coverage for endovascular procedures. Instead of being fixed in position, the imaging device is on a mobile gantry that moves along predefined pathways and is guided by laser. At the touch of a button, clinicians can move the system to the table for imaging various parts of the body, and then move it aside and park it, allowing room for physicians, nurses, technologists, anesthesiologists and other personnel. This is especially important in a team environment to help provide unobstructed access to the patient.

"With our new hybrid lab, we now have one room that can accommodate a wide range of endovascular, cardiac, hybrid and open surgical procedures, free of interference from fixed floor or ceiling system structures," said Dr. Felix Lee, medical director of cardiovascular services at Good Samaritan. "All of the systems are integrated so that images move in a three-dimensional manner as the equipment is positioned for optimal imaging allowing for much greater precision during procedures."

An advanced workstation and software enables the overlay of three-dimensional images on live fluoroscopic imaging to help physicians more accurately guide catheters and the placement of devices. Unlike traditional interventional systems, the new system is neither floor nor ceiling-mounted, providing an optimum working flexibility while helping ensure sterile conditions.

The system is used most often used for cardiac and vascular procedures. It uses a 30 cm by 30 cm digital detector, which adapts to varied procedures and can maintain more extreme angles often needed for cardiac cases.

"Because we're able to better visualize the specific area of treatment as a result of the flexibility of the equipment, were able to minimize the risk to the patient whether we are performing a minimally invasive procedure or an open one," says Lee. "As a physician, this unique hybrid lab affords our patients care in a facility that is best equipped to deliver the potential for the best long-term clinical outcomes."