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New Catheterization Laboratory at WCCH Helps Physicians Diagnose and Treat Heart Disease


West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) is the first hospital in the nation to have this version of the new GE Allia™ IGS 530 Cath Lab technology installed and available for patient care. The GE Allia IGS 530 advanced digital X-ray imaging system provides extremely detailed, real-time images of a patient’s cardiac anatomy during procedures that require exacting precision.

For people suffering from a severe cardiac episode, such as a heart attack, every second counts.  The faster patients can get access to life-saving interventions, the greater the chances of survival and maximum recovery with minimal heart damage.

The Allia IGS 530 system from GE Healthcare will help physicians at WCCH treat a variety of medical disorders including diseases of the heart and blood vessels, such as heart attacks and cardiac valve abnormalities.  The Allia IGS 5 brings both extremely high-quality imaging, low dose and complete workspace freedom to adapt to all cardiovascular procedures.  The world’s first mobile angiography, the Allia IGS 5 is an innovative laser-guided imaging system designed to support the most complex cases with greater precision and confidence.

Cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat coronary artery and structural heart disease. The IGS 530 provides advanced capability for visualization during these life-saving procedures, such as placing a tiny wire mesh tube (stent) in a patient’s artery to sustain or recover blood flow or replacing a heart valve through catheter placement avoiding open-heart surgery.

“It is critical for us to see the anatomy very clearly while guiding catheters, stents and other medical devices to areas needing treatment,” says Christopher Thompson, MD, interventional cardiologist with WCCH. “Because the IGS 530 produces high quality images, our staff can perform delicate procedures like balloon angioplasty and blood vessel interventions with accuracy and confidence.”

The Allia IGS 530 has a state-of-the-art digital detector that provides exceptional image quality at one of the industry’s lowest radiation dose levels. The system gives doctors the flexibility to balance dose and image quality, helping them minimize the radiation dose to patients as low as reasonably achievable.

“We are very excited about adding the GE Allia IGS 530 to our technology offering at WCCH,” says Janie Frugé, CEO of WCCH. “By putting this advanced system in the hands of our medical experts, it helps us make significant improvements in the patient care in the communities we serve.” 

“This cutting-edge technology helps our cardiologists diagnose and treat all patients, even the most challenging ones, safely and efficiently, with the best possible image quality.  This addition enhances our commitment to provide state-of-the-art technology for better outcomes for our patients,” explains Frugé.

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