Huntington Hospital has reached a new level of excellence by being the first healthcare facility in the San Gabriel Valley to open a biplane angiographic suite with specific neurointerventional capabilities. There is also a newly refurbished interventional radiology suite dedicated to diagnostic and interventional radiology and vascular procedures.
Patients with cerebrovascular disease, including aneurysms and other vascular malformations of the brain, will have more treatment options than ever before. With the new equipment, the patient's hospital stay is shorter than when conventional surgery is performed and recovery time is usually quicker.
"The new biplane digital angiographic equipment provides the physician or surgeon with two real-time views of the position of the micro-catheter or device within the cerebral circulation. This information is very useful, both as an aid to the navigation of the catheter and for the purpose of increasing safety. We will be able to perform more difficult procedures with a higher degree of accuracy," says Ian Ross, MD, Huntington Hospital neurosurgeon.
Conditions that can be treated in the interventional suites include: stroke, aneurysms, intracranial atherosclerosis, extracranial atherosclerosis and spinal compression fractures. Huntington Hospital interventionalists can perform aneurysm coil occlusion, intracranial angioplasty for stroke prevention, and carotid/cerebral angiogram with 3-D imaging capability among others.
Radiology and vascular procedures include: diagnostic angiography, peripheral vascular balloon angioplasty, embolization, vertebroplasty and more. In many cases, general anesthesia is not required for interventional radiology procedures and many of those procedures are performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.
The interventional radiology suites are located on the ground floor of the East Tower.