EvergreenHealth recently installed a biplane imaging machine that will help physicians to treat life-threatening cardiac, vascular, and neurovascular conditions at the Kirkland medical center.

The new machine utilizes two rotating cameras to create detailed, 3D images of blood vessels, soft tissue, and blood flow. Providers can use those images to identify blockages, aneurysms, and other issues in the blood vessels and treat them immediately. The images also help with stent and catheter placements, according to EvergreenHealth.

For patients, biplane technology makes minimally invasive procedures a viable alternative to open surgery. The machine allows providers to see inside the vessels without performing traditional open surgery, resulting in a more comfortable experience and shorter recovery time for patients.

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The biplane imaging machine. Courtesy EvergreenHealth.

“Every second counts for a patient who has suffered a stroke or other severe vascular complication,” said Dr. Amy Beiter, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “Having this lifesaving technology on-site means that our expert team of physicians and staff can treat the most complex cases without the need for patients to be transferred to other facilities.”

EvergreenHealth’s new “cath lab,” which includes five preparation and recovery rooms, is an addition to the health system’s two existing procedural suites that serve heart, vascular, and neurovascular patients.

The expansion will increase EvergreenHealth’s capacity by adding 1,200 new procedures in the first year. Upgrades are also planned for equipment in the system’s other cath lab suites. The biplane imaging machine was purchased with help from the EvergreenHealth Foundation, community donors, and proceeds from the 2018 Evergreen Gala.