Atrium Medical Center Enhances Cardiac Catheterization Services

New High-End Technology Added for Interventional Imaging

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (June 20, 2022) – Atrium Medical Center has enhanced its cardiac catheterization services by adding the new Siemens Artis Q angiography system to its interventional imaging services. This high-end technology features a revolutionary X-ray tube for high-contrast resolution at any angle and for any patient size, while the optimized X-ray pulse helps to reduce radiation exposure significantly.

"Lives are being saved in the cath lab," said Dr. Mouhamad Abdallah, medical director of Atrium’s Chest Pain Center and cardiac catheterization lab. “This is where the sickest of the sick heart patients receive expert care. An entire team is available 24/7, dedicated to taking care of patients with a variety of cardiac and vascular diseases. Our new cath lab equipment is designed to improve minimally invasive therapy of diseases by providing sharper images with low dose radiation and an improved ability to identify small vessels, enhancing precision while increasing safety for our patients.”

Cardiac catheterization services are even more vital as the patient population ages and as comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity increase.

“Cardiovascular disease is one of the top three causes of death in Butler and Warren counties,” said Dr. Keith Bricking, president, Atrium Medical Center. “Atrium Medical Center offers a full range of heart care options close to home, including cardiac catheterization services. Our patients will benefit from the latest technological advancements offered in our cath lab, which helps to fulfill our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve.”

Cath lab procedures are both scheduled and emergencies. Various procedures take place in the cath lab; most are diagnostic angiograms to look for blockages in the arteries of the heart. The second most common procedure addresses peripheral vascular issues that patients are experiencing, such as blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the legs. If necessary, stents can be placed in patients in the cath lab to restore adequate blood flow, as well as many other specialized cardiac and vascular procedures.

The enhancements added lab space to ensure uninterrupted care for patients. The extended room creates a necessary bridge to enable routine maintenance and repairs in any one of the three labs. In addition, a new Stryker’s S-Series surgical boom engineered for easy movement, maximizing the surgical space, and creating a safer work environment by eliminating trip hazards has been installed. 

The Atrium Medical Center Foundation, through generous donors, funded the project and new equipment. “The Foundation and its donors strive to support the indispensable needs of our hospital and community,” said Thomas Farrell, chair of the Atrium Foundation board of directors. “Through the Power of Kindness campaign, our Foundation is proud to help further the advancement of services and technology at Atrium.”

Fundraising efforts are ongoing as equipment enhancements are planned for all cardiac cath labs at the hospital.

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