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New Cath Lab Offers Latest Technologies


HASTINGS — The features of the state-of-the-art Cath Lab at Mary Lanning Healthcare go well beyond heart catheterizations, giving healthcare providers the ability to handle advanced imaging procedures and pain management here in Hastings.

The community will be able to see the benefits of the new Cath Lab during an open house on Thursday, July 12, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Sheri Trindle, Cardiopulmonary Services Director, said the Cath Lab has been up and running since mid-April, and has already made an impact. The installation of the Artis zee® system from Siemens provides high-quality views of blood vessels and soft tissue during cardiac catheterization. It can help in accurate and efficient diagnosis, providing patients faster diagnostic and treatment procedures with reduced radiation exposure.

“This new equipment is being used for cardiac care procedures, diagnostic imaging and pain procedures,” Trindle said. “It allows us to expand the number of procedures we offer, improve the image quality and decrease the length of procedures and radiation from those procedures.”

In addition to the new Cath Lab, those attending the event Thursday will be given information about new technologies in the Mary Lanning Imaging Services and Cardiopulmonary Services Departments. These include new stress test equipment to evaluate cardiac disease and a new nuclear imaging system to help with procedures such as myocardial perfusion.

Tami Lipker, Imaging Services Director, said the new GE Ventri camera in the nuclear medicine area is compact, allowing for optimal comfort of patients. The imaging time is significantly reduced with the new system, while image quality is improved.

During the open house, information will be presented on Mary Lanning’s program for heart failure patients and heart healthy ideas from Becky Sullivan, Mary Lanning Wellness Manager.

Trindle said all of these pieces come together to provide a comprehensive package of health services for patients.