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Hillcrest Hospital Positioned For Leadership In Managing Complex Brain Conditions With New Angiography Suite

Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute Has Expanded Capabilities and Staff at Hillcrest

February 16, 2011

The capability to see all the tiny blood vessels within a patient’s brain and the advanced technology to individually select and fix vessels in need of repair is now a reality at Hillcrest Hospital.

With the installation of a state-of-the-art, flat-panel detector biplane angiography suite, Hillcrest is pleased to announce its new capabilities to manage acute ischemic stroke and complex cerebrovascular conditions.

“We can offer faster, more accurate diagnoses for our patients because of the detailed images this new angiography suite provides,” said Peter Rasmussen, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Cerebrovascular Center. “It saves critical time for stroke patients when every minute counts.”

The new technology utilizes neuro-coiling, in which a catheter enters the groin area and is guided through the arteries to the blood vessels in the brain. In this minimally invasive procedure, thin platinum coils are pushed through the catheter and are placed inside the brain aneurysm. Because blood clots form around the coils, this greatly reduces the chance the aneurysm will rupture. Physicians use real-time X-ray technology, called fluoroscopic imaging, to visualize the patient's vascular system and thus treat the condition from inside the blood vessel.

The new biplane angiography suite provides physicians with highly detailed images of a patient’s blood vessels and also enables physicians to obtain three-dimensional views of the patient’s anatomy, from any direction. The system features two advanced X-ray detectors – called flat-panel detectors– that provide high resolution images without the distortion common with conventional X-ray techniques. The detectors also help physicians visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires and catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle.

About Hillcrest Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital, one of Cleveland Clinic’s nine community hospitals, is a full-service, 496-bed hospital that serves the medical needs of Mayfield Heights and the surrounding communities, including Lake, Geauga and Summit counties. The hospital has recently completed a $163 million expansion and renovation project that includes state-of-the-art facilities with major infrastructure and technology improvements. Hillcrest offers comprehensive cardiovascular services including cardiothoracic surgery under the direction of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Services also include a full range of cancer care, including medical, radiation and GYN oncology provided by Cleveland Clinic staff. Hillcrest delivers more babies than any other east-side community hospital, and babies with special needs are cared for in the Level III NICU. The hospital also features a pediatric emergency room and is a Level II Trauma Center.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. In 2009, there were more than 4.6 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 170,000 hospital admissions.

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