Live Cases at SMC Feature Unique Vascular X-Ray Technology

June 2, 2011

  • Toshiba's new technologySpringhill Medical Center’s Cath Lab was one of the sites where physicians utilized unique technology during 12 interventional live cases at this year’s New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) conference. Dr. Frank Bunch of Cardiology Associates performed three limb ischemia live cases here that featured Toshiba’s Infinix-i Vascular X-ray System.

Enabling physicians to perform a range of interventional procedures, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s InfinixTM DP-i X-ray system provides clinicians with the ability to transition between cardiac and peripheral work seamlessly. The NCVH conference is a leading peripheral intervention conference focusing on peripheral artery disease (PAD) with a special emphasis on critical limb ischemia (CLI), and it took place in early June in New Orleans. The live cases using Toshiba’s Infinix DP-i included the following:
• Six live cases focused on the treatment of limb ischemia and were performed by Dr. Craig Walker, Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC)/Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), Houma, La., and Dr. Frank Bunch at Springhill Medical Center.
• Three leading physicians from TGMC/CIS performed five live cases focused on carotids and closure, and venous disease.
• One live case performed by Dr. Kalyan Veerina, CIS medical director, took place during the “Masters and Legends in Cardiovascular Medicine” session.

Dr. Craig Walker, founder and conference chairman, performed three live cases with Toshiba’s Infinix DP-i from Cardiovascular Institute of the South, where he works as the medical director. The live cases, focusing on critical limb ischemia, showcased the system’s ability to meet the needs of physicians during peripheral intervention. The Infinix DP-i’s unique dual C-arm system allows one lab to perform like two. One C-arm is designed for cardiac work, while the other is optimized for peripheral work outside the heart, such as carotids, renals and legs. Additionally, the design of the system enables clinicians to seamlessly transition between cardiac and peripheral work during a single procedure. The three other limb ischemia live cases were performed by Dr. Bunch at Springhill Medical Center.

Five additional live cases were performed at TGMC/CIS on carotids and closure and venous disease. These live cases were performed by Dr. Peter Fail, director of cardiac catheterization laboratories and interventional research, and cardiologists Dr. Raghotham Patlola and Dr. Richard Abben.

“Toshiba’s Infinix DP-i is a shared cardiac and vascular cath lab that enables physicians to perform interventional procedures for conditions associated with both cardiovascular disease and peripheral vascular disease, including limb ischemia,” said Stephen Bumb, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “The superior contrast, dynamic resolution and patient access from both sides of the table allow for better visualization, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic limb ischemia.”

Springhill Medical Center is a 252-bed acute care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. Since 1975, Springhill has grown and expanded its services in the southwest Alabama market while maintaining more nurses to each patient for a personal approach. The medical center provides full surgical capabilities including open-heart and robotic surgery, as well as complete diagnostic capabilities. Today, SMC includes the hospital, a unique and comprehensive heart center, senior residence, sleep center, cancer center, athletic club, orthopaedic surgery center, wound care and hyperbaric center, and an emergency department staffed by all board-certified emergency medicine physicians.

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With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a worldwide leader in technology, electronic and electrical products, digital consumer products, electronic devices and components, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875 and today operates a global network of more than 742 companies with more than 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion. For more information, visit Toshiba’s website at