HOUSTON, TX (September 1, 2021) – Health care providers at St. Luke’s Health-Sugar Land Hospital can now perform critical procedures with the assistance of higher-quality, three-dimensional images, thanks to new technology that works more efficiently and emits less radiation than a typical X-ray machine.
The hospital has performed a half-dozen complex procedures since mid-August with the help of the Innova IGS 6 bi-plane system, which assists when doctors need clear and precise images of an affected area. The bi-plane machine rotates 240 degrees to provide a three-dimensional image from multiple angles that is clearer than an X-ray.
“This benefits everyone,” said Joshua Nguyen, cath lab technologist, St. Luke’s Health-Sugar Land Hospital. ”It allows the physician to get better images and takes away the guesswork. The bi-plane is an exceptional tool that allows us to maintain high-quality patient care during long and complicated procedures without exposing the staff and, most importantly, the patient to high levels of radiation.”
The bi-plane machine produces less-pixelated images and doesn’t overheat like an X-ray machine, allowing it to be used for longer periods. This makes it especially useful during long and complex procedures, Nguyen said. The technology can be used in a variety of procedures, including pulmonary vein isolation and lumbar punctures and repairs. The hospital has used the bi-plane to support a number of successful heart procedures.
“We can do the same procedures without the limits of an X-ray machine,” Nguyen said.