New Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Saint Clare’s Health Offers
Patients Leading-Edge Angiography Capabilities
Saint Clare’s Health has unveiled its new, state-of-the-art, Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital. This
new Lab features the latest technology, providing physicians with highly
detailed images of patient blood vessels during diagnostic and treatment
Saint Clare’s Health’s new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
features Siemens Medical Solutions’ fully digital Artis zee®
ceiling-mounted angiography system which enables physicians to obtain
three-dimensional images in high resolution, without the distortion common
with conventional x-ray techniques. In addition to enabling physicians
to visualize the finest blood vessels, the technology also helps physicians
visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires and catheters, in
precise detail and from almost any angle.
“Along with improving imaging, our new technology will increase speed
and precision in diagnosis and treatment for invasive cardiovascular care
patients at Saint Clare’s,” Paul DeRenzi, MD, FACC, Medical
Director of the Saint Clare’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
The Artis zee® is specially designed to provide patients with the lowest
possible radiation dose. Minimizing radiation dose is especially beneficial
during angiographic procedures because they are often lengthy in duration.
The ergonomic design of the system also eliminates time-consuming and uncomfortable
repositioning of the patient in the exam room, making the procedure faster
and less stressful for the patient. System functions can be performed
via an intuitive tableside touch-screen display.
“Saint Clare’s Health is pleased to raise the standard of cardiac
care by bringing the latest technology to our own community. We are committed
to our neighbors and look forward to expanding our services in the future,”
said Brian Finestein, CEO of Saint Clare’s Health.
Angiography is a procedure that helps physicians visualize blood vessels
in various parts of the body, including the heart, brain, and kidneys.
After a thin catheter is inserted into an artery leading to the desired
body area, an iodine-based dye is injected to highlight the vessels when
x-rays are taken. Angiography is often used to determine whether blood
vessels are narrowed or blocked. It also makes it possible to combine
diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure, as in patients who undergo
surgery, angioplasty, or stent placement.
About Cardiology Services at Saint Clare’s Health
Saint Clare’s Health Heart & Vascular Centers include cardiology
services such as cardiac catheterization, echocardiogram, stress testing,
electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter monitoring, pacemaker clinic and cardiac
Saint Clare’s Health has received the Healthgrades 2018 Coronary
Intervention Excellence AwardTM, was named Among the Top 10% in the Nation
for Coronary Interventional
Procedures in 2018, was a Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional
Procedures in 2018,
and was a Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures in 2018. In addition,
it has also received the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline
STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Plus 2017 Quality Achievement Award.
Saint Clare’s Health recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and
open house for its new, state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
Participants in included (left to right): Lawrence Friedman, MD, President,
Saint Clare’s Health Medical Staff; Robert Wang, MD; Barry Lowell,
MD, Medical Director, Saint Clare’s Health Cardiac Rehabilitation;
James Pritchard, patient; Paul DeRenzi, MD, Medical Director, Saint Clare’s
Health Cardiac Catheterization; Carlos Marconi, BSRT RRT, Director of
Cardiopulmonary, Saint Clare’s Health and Brian Finestein, CEO,
Saint Clare’s Health.