hybrid-orHybrid Operating Room

MidState was only the fifth in the world to install this leading-edge technology.

The world’s next generation of imaging and surgical technology arrived in Connecticut this fiscal year with the opening of MidState Medical Center’s sophisticated new hybrid operating room. The OR features a state-of-the- art imaging system known as the GE Discovery IGS 730.

The hybrid OR’s advanced imaging capabilities allow MidState vascular surgeons to perform a wide range of complex blood vessel-related procedures with unprecedented precision and safety. “With this technology, we can create three-dimensional images and use them to navigate in real time as we operate,” says Dr. Jonathan Hasson, the leader of MidState’s vascular program. “We always draw from our knowledge and extensive previous experience, but improved imaging provides an added layer of certainty. It helps us more intelligently prune our decision tree as we operate.”

The system’s superior imaging contributes to shorter procedures, less use of contrast medium and reduced radiation exposure. “That’s great for the patient and great for the surgical team,” Hasson says.

The hybrid OR is ideal for a variety of inter- ventional and minimally invasive procedures, including angiography, coiling of aneurysms, endovascular repairs (done from within the blood vessel) of the aorta or the carotid artery, stenting, and nonsurgical treatment of complex peripheral vascular disease, including limb salvage and diabetic foot problems. Because the imaging capability is so advanced, doctors can better treat conditions such as blood clots in deep veins or the lungs. MidState physicians are also combining the system’s 3-D imaging capabilities with navigational bronchoscopy to improve early diagnosis of lung cancer.

Patients can be diagnosed and treated in one sitting, so they have anesthesia only once. If a procedure can’t be completed using an endovascular approach, the surgical team can immediately convert to conventional, open surgery without having to schedule a second procedure and anesthetize the patient a second time.

The Discovery IGS 730 is the world’s first mobile interventional imaging system. Its C-arm configuration allows X-rays to be done during the procedure, and the C-arm can be moved out of the way of the surgical team when it’s not needed. The C-arm can also accommodate larger patients.

The hybrid OR was acquired to meet the needs of MidState’s communities, and Hasson says it speaks volumes about MidState. “This facility is a testament to this hospital’s commitment to being at the forefront of cutting-edge technology.”