VIRGINIA HOSPITAL CENTER INTRODUCES THE LOUISE SANDS OLMSTEAD CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION LAB
Arlington, VA (October 2011) – The newly named and enhanced state-of-the-art Louise Sands Olmstead Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Virginia Hospital Center was made possible by a major gift from Marjorie and Frank Sands in tribute to Frank Sands’ mother, Louise Sands Olmstead, who was a long time member of the Hospital’s Board of Directors. This special gift will enable Virginia Hospital Center to continue to provide the best care to our community, more specifically, to patients with heart disease.
Heart disease is one of our nation’s most common health problems—the leading cause of death for Americans age 35 and older. Introducing advancements in the medical technology used to diagnose and treat this condition is more critical than ever before at Virginia Hospital Center. In an effort to help its physicians provide faster and more efficient cardiac care to patients, the generous gift from Marjorie and Frank Sands supported a new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization X-ray lab equipped the Allura Xper FD10 X-ray system from Philips.
This fully digital system enables physicians to capture and view detailed images of a patient’s coronary structure, thereby facilitating faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease.
Additionally, the system:
- Exposes patients to less radiation during the procedures than some other systems.
- Enables a physician to have better patient access during an exam due to the system’s compact design.
- Uses a digital Philips Flat Detector which helps provide outstanding image quality, with less distortion than older imaging technologies. The Flat Detector helps to enhance diagnostic confidence and promotes better visualization during interventional procedures.
This flexible system can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of patient conditions and can be used for procedures such as diagnostic catheterizations, stenting, and balloon angioplasty. These catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. The benefits of catheter-based interventions include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and less visible surgical scarring. These procedures can be performed on both the heart and peripheral blood vessels. Virginia Hospital Center’s referring physicians now have a world-class, local resource to provide advanced diagnosis and treatment for their patients with cardiovascular disease.