Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Methodist first in East TN to add new heart mapping system
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge has become the first hospital in East Tennessee to use the new EnSite Velocity™ Cardiac Mapping System. The system incorporates technological advances that help physicians visualize and guide treatments for abnormal heart rhythms.
Certain types of heart rhythm disorders are caused by small areas of abnormal heart tissue that interrupt the heart’s normal electrical signals. To diagnose and treat these conditions, the physician must know exactly where the abnormal tissue is located. With cardiac mapping, he or she inserts several long, flexible tubes with wires – called electrode catheters – into the patient’s heart. These catheters track or stimulate the heart’s signals and help the physician pinpoint the problem areas.
"Physicians can collect and display more patient information in a shorter amount of time,” said triple-boarded cardiologist Greg Olsovsky, M.D., medical director of Methodist’s new electrophysiology (EP) services. “The system also provides real-time, side-by-side views of the live procedure and previously recorded portions of the procedure, and patients receive less radiation because the system enables the physician to watch the catheter movement without the use of x-ray. “
The relevant information is conveniently placed on one screen in a streamlined format, allowing the doctor to focus his or her attention where it should be – on the patient.
"By creating a highly detailed, three-dimensional model of the patient’s heart, the system enables physicians to locate the source of the problem and determine a treatment strategy more quickly,” added Dr. Olsovsky.
The EnSite Velocity System is used during minimally invasive EP procedures at Methodist Medical Center. Methodist offers a full range of heart-related care and services, including the area’s first chest pain center, a powerful 64-slice CT that can capture images of the heart in just five heartbeats and a da Vinci® surgical robotics system.
The hospital’s cardiac quality outcomes are recognized nationally and in many areas rank better than Top 100 benchmark heart hospitals.