Philips and ACC showcase minimally invasive cardiology interventions
26 March 2010
Royal Philips Electronics in partnership with the American
College of Cardiology (ACC) have highlighted the growing need for
minimally-invasive interventions to address a spectrum of cardiac
conditions, such as structural and degenerative heart issues.
The need to reduce invasive surgical interventions and complication
rates is driving innovations in minimally invasive approaches.
Philips and ACC jointly showcased the Hybrid OR Suite, a solution
that combines in one room the equipment needed to perform both open
and endovascular cardiac procedures.
Built out of combined efforts by Philips and its network of
alliances, the Hybrid OR Suite will help advance how clinicians
attend to patients in cardiac procedures. The Hybrid OR Suite was
demonstrated at the annual meeting of the American College of
Cardiology earlier this month.
Traditionally, X-ray imaging is used to navigate cardiac
interventions performed in a cardiac catheterization (cath) lab. In
recent times, importance has grown for 3D ultrasound imaging in
visualizing complex structures during interventions. A Hybrid OR
Suite combines the sterility and instruments of a traditional
operating room with the X-ray and ultrasound imaging systems and
radiation shields of a cath lab.
“Using live 3D TEE ultrasound, we can view the anatomy without
incisions or surgery,” said Roberto Lang, M.D., director of
Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging Labs at the University of Chicago
Medical Center. “It provides 3D images unlike those from other
technology, to help clinicians place therapeutic devices."
The cutting-edge Hybrid OR configuration not only provides
hospitals with a room that is flexible enough to handle a wide
variety of treatments and procedures, but it also helps clinicians
from a variety of specialties to collaborate.
"Multidisciplinary care is gaining broader acceptance as
hospitals and healthcare institutions combine approaches and evolve
in their delivery of cardiac care,” said Henry Solomon, M.D., chief
medical officer for business development at the American College of
“Rooms equipped to support both open surgical and minimally
invasive endovascular approaches, such as the Hybrid OR, are
designed to meet the specific needs of clinicians when they are
called upon to perform difficult procedures.”
The Hybrid OR Suite on display at this year’s ACC is well-suited
to enable clinicians to perform a full range of endovascular,
percutaneous and open procedures. Percutaneous procedures enable
physicians to utilize minimally invasive catheter-based
interventions to treat patients that may be too sick or frail for
open interventions, such as in valve replacement surgery.
“The patient is happy, the procedure is less invasive and the
collaboration between the cardiologist, the cardiac surgeons and
industry — with Philips providing the technology — has made that
possible,” said Valluvan Jeevanandam, M.D., chief of Cardiac &
Thoracic Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Philips’ Hybrid OR Suites are customized for customer needs and
designed using an advanced 3D architectural planning tool that
provides prospective customers with a visual rendering of possible
room configurations. From high-quality, high-resolution,
multi-modality imaging with advanced 3D software to support
confident decision-making, to surgical tables, lighting and other
equipment considerations, the full scope of equipment combinations
“Philips Healthcare is committed to improving patient outcomes by
providing solutions to care providers that enable procedure
evolutions and enhance collaboration amongst specialties to treat a
wider patient population,” said Joris van den Hurk, vice president
of Cardiology Care Cycles for Philips Healthcare.