New Digital Imaging System 
Wednesday, 16 July 2008 
Physicians and the Administrative team open the Interventional Radiology Special Procedures Lab. 

New Digital Technology Supports Less Invasive Treatments for Patients

MIAMI, FL  - Today, doctors at North Shore Medical Center are using a new $1.4 million dollar digital imaging system to see extremely detailed, real-time images during procedures that require exacting precision.

This all-digital vascular and interventional imaging system will help physicians at North Shore Medical Center treat a variety of medical disorders including peripheral vascular, cardiovascular and neurological diseases, cancer, and other conditions, in lieu of major surgery.

According to Manny Linares, Chief Executive Officer at North Shore Medical Center, "Our doctors now have the ability to see the anatomy more clearly while guiding catheters, stents and other medical devices during minimally invasive procedures is critical. Because the images produced by the new all-digital vascular and interventional imaging system are more detailed than those of conventional systems, our staff has a higher level of confidence during procedures such as balloon angioplasty, oncology and vascular interventions, and uterine fibroid embolization."

The all-digital vascular and interventional imaging system opens new opportunity for a wide range of minimally invasive procedures by producing clearer fluoroscopic images with a larger field of view. When compared to traditional surgery, image guided minimally invasive techniques provide many benefits including: reduced risk, less pain, shorter patient recovery times and lower procedure expense.  

Specifically, the new all-digital vascular and interventional imaging system can provide physicians with exceptional image clarity with 10 times the dynamic range and a 37 percent larger field of view. Because physicians can image more anatomy in a single series with the new system, a complete image study can be done with fewer X-ray images, less X-ray dose and fewer injections of contrast dye when compared to conventional systems.

"We are very excited about adding the new all-digital vascular and interventional imaging system to our technology offering at North Shore Medical Center," said Manny Linares, CEO.  "By putting this state-of-the-art system in the hands of our medical experts, we can make  significant improvements in the patient care we give at North Shore."

ABOUT NORTH SHORE MEDICAL CENTER North Shore Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare, is a 357-bed general acute care community hospital located at 1100 NW 95 Street in Miami.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of its community for more than 53 years. 

North Shore Medical Center offers a broad range of services, including 24-hour emergency care with Fast Track service, maternity, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and psychiatric services. 

The hospital also offers specialized centers, including the C. Gordon Griffith Comprehensive Cancer Center with IMRT and X-Knife Radiosurgery, Intensive Care Unit, Wound Healing Center, Sleep Disorders Center, and Pain Care Center.   

The hospital was honored with the prestigious Tenet Circle of Excellence award for outstanding performance in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  North Shore received the 2006 CIGNA Centers of Excellence designation for caesarean section, stroke and syncope, the 2006 American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines -- Heart Failure IPAA award, 2007 American Heart Association's Get with The Guidelines - Bronze IPAA award for CAD and Heart Failure, and the American College of Surgeons Commission On Cancer Commendation, 2005-2008. 

In 2007/2008, North Shore Medical Center also received a five-star rating of clinical excellence for maternity care from HealthGrades.   The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.