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Repairing Hearts with the Latest Technology


Minimally invasive percutaneous transcatheter techniques in the cardiac catheterization suite are often the best option for treating patients with congenital heart defects. At Floating Hospital for Children’s new, state-of-the art Cardiac Catheterization suite in Boston, congenital heart disease interventionalists now have a powerful new tool with which to visualize and access the blood vessels and hearts of our most complex, and sometimes smallest, cardiac patients.

The newly renovated suite is outfitted with Toshiba’s Infinix™ CF-i bi-plane cardiovascular system.  The Infinix system can provide cardiologists with multiple X-ray images of the same location while exposing patients to the minimal level of radiation possible.

“This new system allows revolutionary access to the patient during the procedure,” says Michael de Moor, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Floating Hospital. A new table that can tilt from side to side and up and down also makes it easier for surgeons to access the anatomy of patients. These capabilities will be important as Floating Hospital begins to offer hybrid procedures, which involve both catheterization and open-heart surgery. Plans to offer this service are currently being developed.

Developing the new suite has been a top priority. As one of only two hospitals in Massachusetts that have catheterization labs designed specifically for children and patients with congenital heart disease, de Moor said Floating Hospital recognizes its critical role in treating children with cardiovascular defects.

“The technology available to interventionalists is improving all the time and we are increasing the number of percutaneous procedures we can perform via catheterization,” he says. Cardiac catheterization is frequently used for the closure of atrial and ventricular and septal defects, balloon dilatation of aortic and pulmonary stenosis, the closure of patent ductus arteriosus, stent of aortic coarctation and pulmonary artery stenosis. It is now possible to actually replace some valves using minimally invasive percutaneous transcatheter procedures. “Our new cath lab will enable us to help even more patients more efficiently,” de Moor says.

The new suite was highlighted in July 2011 as part of the 15th Pediatric Interventional Cardiac Symposium/Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium. Floating Hospital was one of five hospitals internationally that broadcast cases from cardiac catheterization suites across the globe and the only one in Boston. Three procedures performed at the Floating were broadcast for the 800 attendees of the conference.

“The broadcast was wonderful because it gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise and help educate our physician colleagues around the world in the very latest techniques using the newest equipment,” de Moor says.

The renovation of the suite and the installation of the new equipment is part of an overall renovation of the Pediatric Cardiology patient areas. The brightly-painted walls are graced by original artwork donated by a number of area artists. Not only does the space look appealing; de Moor says that the close proximity of all the areas needed for patients who are undergoing cardiac investigations (ECG, Echo, Exercise, Cath etc) is very convenient and also comforting to families. The waiting room, offices, Echo, Exercise and ECG suites as well as the Cardiac Catheterization suite are on the same floor in the same collocated area on Floating 3. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the operating room are in the same wing just a quick elevator ride away – parents and families don’t need to navigate from building to building or wing to wing. “Everything is right here, and that’s unique,” he says. “This allows us to offer our patients boutique-type medicine.”

To refer a patient to or schedule an appointment at Floating Hospital for Children’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology, please call 617-636-7435 or visit the webpage.