Rochester General Hospital Launches Biplane Angiography Suite

June 05, 2013

State-of-the-art technology enables RGH to deliver comprehensive stroke care and advanced radiologic procedures

biplaneRochester General Hospital (RGH), the flagship affiliate of Rochester General Health System (RGHS), has added a key piece of imaging technology that enables the hospital to provide advanced stroke care and enhanced interventional radiology treatments. The biplane angiography unit, located in the RGH Radiology Department, was officially launched in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 5.

Biplane angiography produces simultaneous images of the same area from contrasting angles, for diagnostic scans of very high quality and accuracy. Used in conjunction with a cone-beam CT, the biplane unit can also generate real-time, three-dimensional views that enable physicians to perform complex catheter-based vascular procedures, especially in the brain and other areas of the body with small, delicate blood vessels.

“With this unit, our interventional radiology team can perform advanced procedures including uterine fibroid embolization, kyphoplasty and cerebral angiography with greater speed, precision and safety,” said Bob Nesselbush, president of Rochester General Hospital. “It also complements our existing capabilities as the region’s leading stroke center, and allows Rochester General to provide truly comprehensive stroke services to our growing community of patients.”

Rochester General, the highest-volume provider of stroke services in Upstate New York, has a history of excellence in stroke care. RGH was the first hospital in the eastern United States to receive accreditation in stroke care from The Joint Commission, and the first Rochester-area provider to earn designation from New York State as a primary stroke center. Rochester General has also been named an Honor Roll site in the Target: Stroke program of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

“Biplane technology is an important addition to our hospital, and to our health system,” said Mark Clement, president and chief executive officer of RGHS. “This resource, utilized by our skilled radiology and neurology teams, allows our patients to benefit from innovative imaging-guided procedures and upholds our commitment to deliver the highest quality health services to the people of greater Rochester and beyond.”