Enables advanced procedures and patient focused treatment

Siemens Healthcare has opened a new ‘hybrid theatre’, said to be the second of its kind in the UK, at the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI). The new imaging technology and a £60m build positions the facility as a central location for all heart services at Bristol Royal Infirmary. Equipment includes an Artis zee ceiling mounted interventional imaging system with a large detector and an operating table.

While the hybrid theatre will be used for complex interventions and surgical procedures, three other Artis zees have been installed at BHI. A new 24 hour cath lab, situated close to the ambulance bay, will enable almost immediate treatment in emergency situations. Two further Artis zees have been installed in a conventional cath lab. Both systems are expected to increase the amount of patients seen due to advanced imaging capabilities, easy patient access and flexibility, said the company.

The hybrid theatre, according to the company, will mean shorter waiting times, reduced hospital stays, fewer operations and less distress for patients. Cardiac radiologists, vascular surgeons, cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists will now be able to carry out different procedures on one patient in the same room. Procedures to be carried out include mitral valvuloplasty, Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) closures, percutaneous aortic and pulmonary valve replacement.

The ceiling mounted Artis zee provides patient access and imaging at a low dose. The system can be moved quickly and easily to create the space needed for an operating environment.