Lutheran Medical Center introduces new stroke tool

New tech shows doctors real-time 3-D images of blood vessels and soft tissue

Posted 10/16/18

When doctors at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge are treating a patient who suffered from a stroke, they’ll be armed with a new technology that they expect to increase quality of stroke care. …

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Lutheran Medical Center introduces new stroke tool

New tech shows doctors real-time 3-D images of blood vessels and soft tissue

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When doctors at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge are treating a patient who suffered from a stroke, they’ll be armed with a new technology that they expect to increase quality of stroke care.

The medical center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its new, state-of-the-art biplane angiography system. The technology has two cameras that shows doctors detailed, real-time 3-D images of blood vessels and soft tissue of a patient.

Being able to see those things will help doctors treating a patient who suffered from strokes like an ischemic stroke or a hemorrhagic stroke. Patients suffer from an ischemic stroke when an artery to the brain is blocked, and a hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain.

Lutheran Medical Center officials expect their newest tool to help doctors be timelier and more precise of a diagnosis, leading to patients having a greater chance of survival and being able to regain cognitive and physical abilities.

“This is going to be the best piece of equipment in the state. That’s really important when you’re doing what we’re doing with this comprehensive stroke strategy,” President and CEO of Lutheran Medical Center Grant Wicklund said. “It’s going to save a lot of people’s lives and mobility.”

The new technology will also assist doctors when they are placing catheters through the brain, a tube that can be used when performing a surgery. The medical center also expects the technology to be able to assist with neuro coiling, a procedure that blocks blood flow to an aneurysm. The American Stroke Association says an aneurysm is one of two types of weakened blood vessels that usually cause a hemorrhagic stroke.

According to the Colorado Vital Records database, 245 Jefferson County residents died of a cerebrovascular disease, which includes a stroke, in 2016.

“This is a really exciting time for us at Lutheran. We’re already doing exceptional work around stroke, and this allows us to go to the next level,” said Scott Miner. Miner is a doctor and works in emergency medicine.

The 3-D technology will also be used to diagnose and treat the brain, neck tumors and other neurological conditions.

Lutheran Medical Center received Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award in 2018. It is owned by SCL Health, a nonprofit healthcare organization that owns hospitals in Colorado and Montana.

“It was pretty obvious that Lutheran was the facility within (SCL Health) that was ready to take the next step and go forward with treating patients with neurovascular disease at the next level. We have all of the capabilities to do that,” said Ian Kandinsky, a medical doctor who works in neuroradiology and medical imaging.

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