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Miami Valley Hospital Announces Surgical Interventional Imaging Suite

New capability allows shorter recovery from therapeutic procedures

DAYTON, Ohio, April 13, 2008 – Miami Valley Hospital today announced that it will open a surgical interventional imaging suite at its main campus to support its continued effort to invest in technology that enhances quality of patient care.

Although this technology is offered at Miami Valley Hospital and elsewhere in the Dayton area, Miami Valley is the first in Dayton to offer a fixed unit in a surgical environment.

Patients will continue to benefit by shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time because of the lack of a large incision, and less visible surgical scarring.

Interventional imaging allows surgeons to apply powerful imaging techniques in a surgical environment by “seeing” blood vessels so that surgical repairs can be made at the precise location of a problem.   An example is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in which the aortic artery from the heart weakens and bulges in a patient’s abdomen. Such conditions have normally been repaired through conventional surgery involving a large incision. 

When it is installed, Miami Valley Hospital’s new surgical interventional imaging suite will allow the aneurysm to be repaired through the insertion of a small, hollow tube into an artery.  A tube made of metal mesh to help support the artery is then inserted, all without the need for a large incision.  

“The surgical interventional imaging suite represents our continued effort to improve our capabilities and our progress toward less invasive procedures that speed recovery time,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO.  “We are proud that Miami Valley continues to partner with our surgeons to introduce new technology that improves the overall quality of patient care.

The hospital expects to open the interventional imaging suite early this summer. The unit will initially be installed in Miami Valley Hospital’s existing surgical area and will be moved to the hospital’s new heart tower when it opens in late 2010.

“One in five Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease,” said Philip Williams MD, a vascular surgeon who practices at Miami Valley Hospital.  “I am pleased that Miami Valley Hospital will be using this advanced technology to assist in the diagnose and treatment of these conditions for the benefit of our patients in the safety of a surgical environment. The hospital’s pledge to this approach promotes healing for patients and provides a modern and efficient environment for surgeons.