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MVH Unveils New Medical Imaging Interventional Center

Multi-modality center provides around-the-clock care for patients in one location

New Medical Imaging Interventional CenterDayton, OH (October19, 2010) – Miami Valley Hospital cut the ribbon to its new Medical Imaging Interventional Center inside its main campus in downtown Dayton today, October 19. 2011.

The 7,000-square-foot center allows advanced interventional medical imaging technologies-such as CT Scan, ultrasound and fluoroscopy – to be housed in one location. The center provides a single point of contact for patients and streamlines all interventional medical imaging procedures.

“This center allows us to provide interventional imaging procedures in one specialized area much like a surgical setting” said Beth Steele MSN RN, nurse manager for the new Medical Imaging Interventional Center.

There are four interventional imaging suites in the center, and each is equipped to handle different procedures performed by the hospital’s unique team of interventional radiologists and neurointerventional physicians.  The center also features two new biplane systems which provide physicians with highly detailed images of a patient’s blood vessels during minimally invasive radiology procedures, enabling physicians to obtain three-dimensional views of the patient’s anatomy, from any direction. 

The system also features two x-ray detectors that provide high-resolution images without the distortion common with conventional x-ray techniques.  These imaging systems feature advanced software technology that creates images of soft tissue-such as brain tissue- similar to those generated by a CT scanner.  This facilitates in differentiation of soft tissue to help detect intracranial bleeding, visualization of brain tissue, and support quick and accurate decision making during neurological emergencies such as stroke. 

The center’s creation comes after a year of significant advances within the hospital’s interventional services. In April 2010, MVH became the only hospital in the Dayton area with a team of neurointerventionalists who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As neurointerventionlists, the physicians specialize in minimally invasive image-based technologies and procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the head, neck and spine.

In June, interventional radiologists at MVH became the first in the region to begin using Y-90 to help fight primary and metastatic liver tumors. The procedure, performed using a catheter placed into the arteries that supply tumors, gives new hope to cancer patients battling tumors that can’t be removed surgically or those who are not healthy enough to undergo surgery.

The hospital took another major step forward in cancer treatment last September by offering the first NanoKnife IRE System in the State of Ohio. The device targets tumors through a specialized ablation procedure that actually causes a tumor to kill itself off and be removed by the body’s own lymphatic system. The technology – to be used in the new center – allows doctors to completely excise primary tumors that until now were either inoperable or could only be partially removed through surgery because of its proximity to vital organs or blood vessels.

“When these physicians had their latest tour of the facility they were clearly excited,” Steele said. “This space gives them the capability to do all the things they have been specialty trained to do in the best possible setting.”

More than 12 physicians will practice in the center with a supporting staff of more than 40 clinical professionals including radiologic technologists and registered nurses. The hospital will hold an open house for the center October 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. The center will serve its first patient beginning October 24th and is expected to be at full capacity by early 2012.