FlexArm Technology | Hackensack Meridian Health   

Advanced Imaging Technology Brings More Accuracy to The Most Advanced Heart and Vascular Procedures

Hackensack University Medical Center One of Three Hospitals in The World to Deploy This New Technology

As part of the installation of a new hybrid operating room, Hackensack University Medical Center will has incorporated the Phillips Azurion with FlexArm X-ray system, which brings a new level of imaging accuracy to heart and vascular surgery. Now rather than pivoting the table to visualize a fully extended arm, FlexArm enables off-center imaging and Image Beam Rotation to align the X-ray field of view with the arm. This can save time and enhance visualization for diverse procedures and types of patients.

“The FlexArm moves around the operators, it’s not the operators moving around the equipment or moving the equipment,” said Carlos E. Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Structural and Congenital Heart Center at the Heart and Vascular Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center. “Essentially, I can park the equipment, then when I need it, move it back into position without moving the patient. It’s truly a unique system.”

An independent user study showed 91% reduction in table positioning movements, from 19.4 to 1.8 on average, in procedures that include table pivots, such as radial access procedures, compared to the prior generation system.

Frequent table movements during trauma and other critical procedures can dislodge wires and tubes and disrupt the equipment and instrument set-up at crucial moments. FlexArm provides the ability to handle cases requiring full body access with 2D or 3D imaging from three sides of the table without pivoting or panning the table. This can enhance patient care and improve catheter, wire and intubation control. It also supports more efficient interventions by allowing you to standardize your clinical set-up.

This technology also includes fusion imaging which allows two imaging methods such as echocardiography and Fluoroscopy to produce a more accurate representation of the heart and valves.

This enhanced imaging technology leads to more accurate placement of the structural heart devices and improved outcomes.

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