Interventional cath labs are instrumental in diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases. Recent advances in digital cath lab imaging are able to do this with even greater image quality and reduced radiation exposure for patients. Models are available on the market to accommodate cardiac procedures and peripheral procedures. Some systems are even flexible enough to do a little of both. This brief comparison will explore the field of view (FoV) of systems for each of these specialties and give a few popular examples of each from leading manufacturers.
A Digital Cath Lab Might be Perfect for You
Digital cardiac cath systems offer optimal image quality and clarity. They also deal with motion subtraction far better than their analog counterparts. In addition to these image benefits, they offer physicians high flexibility during procedures with pre-set and adjustable FoV. It’s also important to note, recent research indicates digital detection may have a better detection rate when used in a clinical setting.
Which Digital Cath Lab is BEST for My Caseload?
Cardiac procedures: A smaller detector will provide a more concentrated area of focus. For adult cardiac studies a 20 to 27 cm FoV is ideal for directing catheters to the heart. An even smaller FoV is ideal for pediatric patients. Systems like the Philips FD10, GE Innova 2100, and Siemens Axiom Artis dBC all have smaller detectors for a narrow FoV.
Peripheral studies: This category includes run-offs, ablation techniques, and tumor/vein embolization. Because these cases require a larger FoV, a dual-detector system is suggested to create a larger area of focus. The GE Innova 2121, Philips Allura Xper FD20/20, and Siemens Axiom Artis dFA are top examples. Another option is to purchase a larger single-detector system like the GE Innova 4100.
Swing Lab: A swing lab is a digital cath lab that is flexible. It can be used in both cardiac studies and a variety of vascular and neurological applications. If you desire this flexibility, you should consider the Philips FD20, GE Innova 3100, and Siemens Axiom Artis U.
As with the latest and greatest of anything, digital cath comes with a higher price tag than analog. If you want to know more, we can help with digital cath lab pricing, detector replacement and service costs or help you figure out which is the best lab for your specific needs. Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help!