Toshiba's FPD advances cardiovascular services at Indiana hospital

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Reid Hospital and Healthcare Services in Richmond, Ind., is the first hospital to deploy and utilize Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.'s (TAMS) new cardiac flat-panel detector (FPD) for the Infinix-i cardiovascular X-ray system.

Designed to perform advanced cardiovascular studies, the cardiac FPD is Toshiba's field-upgradeable component that offers superior image quality and radiation dose safety features for non-invasive cardiac diagnostic procedures, the company said.

At Reid, Toshiba's cardiac FPD is utilized for a wide variety of heart imaging services including cardiac catheterization, angioplasty and stenting. Additionally, the system is used to conduct advanced procedures such as electrophysiology studies of the heart and implanting pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators.

The increased speed of the cardiac FPD direct imaging system has reduced image acquisition and patient turnaround time by 30 to 40 percent. The larger field-of-view of the cardiac FPD also has improved the quality of studies without having to perform repeat exams.

"We can visualize the periphery more clearly without having to focus what's on the center of the screen," said Allen Joseph, MD, medical director of cardiology at Reid. "We have also found that thin wires, bi-ventricular pacers and coronary sinuses can be imaged in greater detail. As for stent placements, we are able to see our instruments and anatomical details more clearly and deploying them is much easier using the new technology."