Indiana University Gastroenterology
Indiana University Installs Not One, Not Two but Three Omega Interventional Endoscopy Fluoro Systems from Alpha Imaging
Multipurpose e-View Systems Central to Transformation of North America’s Largest Interventional Endoscopy Center
Performing more ERCP procedures than any other GI program in North America, the Indiana University School of Medicine represents true excellence in its field. The distinguished GI program that started in the late 1950’s recently completed a $10M renovation of their interventional endoscopy department including dramatically larger procedure rooms, patient-centric lighting and three new Omega e-ViewTM MP fluoroscopy systems.
“As our volume of advanced GI procedures grew, we recognized the need for more spacious and cutting-edge labs,” said Stuart Sherman M.D., Clinical Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Indiana University School of Medicine. “The three Omega e-View MP systems from Alpha Imaging are essential tools in our world-class department.”
The three Omega e-View solutions provide significant advantages over the conventional “Tilt-C” systems they replaced. Improvements in patient access, radiation safety and image quality are readily apparent in the new labs. “The design of the new Omega systems not only improves patient access during procedures but also improves patient comfort,” said Lois Bucksot, RN, BSN, Charge Nurse for the ERCP Unit. “The new tables are wider than our previous units and have an 800-pound load capacity. We’ve been able to perform procedures in the ERCP lab on larger patients which previously would have gone to the OR.”
Radiation dose management features for the patient and staff were critical considerations in the purchase of the new Omega rooms. The e-View MP systems include lead shielding above and below the table to minimize scatter radiation exposure. “The lead curtains around the flat panel detector are a nice feature for additional protection,” remarked Bucksot. “The systems are clearly designed with staff safety in mind.”
Excellent image quality in therapeutic ERCP procedures is critical for procedure success and reduced patient complications. “We are realizing superior image quality compared to our previous systems,” according to Dr. Sherman. “Its improved magnification and resolution allow us to visualize and treat tiny ductal structures and tight strictures. It has definitely been an improvement over the previous tilt-C units.”
Also installed with each Omega e-View unit are Integritech Quad HD display systems. “Therapeutic ERCP procedures may benefit from multiple, simultaneous fluoroscopic and endoscopic views,” said Dr. Sherman. “Each room is equipped with an Integritech monitor manager that integrates multiple video inputs on large, easily-accessed monitors.”
Alpha Imaging has been selling and servicing Omega interventional endoscopy labs for over 10 years with a history of successful installations and satisfied customers. “I’ve been very impressed with the personalized approach to selling from Alpha Imaging,” remarked Dr. Sherman. “Perhaps most impressive has been how their support persisted well after the initial sale.” According to Bucksot, “everyone’s been very pleased with the new systems. We’ve received superior support from Alpha Imaging.”
About Indiana University School of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Consistently ranked in the top 15 units nationally by U.S. News and World Report, we are one of the largest divisions in the country with enormous breadth of clinical and research expertise. Our division, founded by Dr. Philip Christiansen in 1958, flourished under the leadership of Drs. Lawrence Lumeng (Division Director, 1984-2007) and Glen Lehman (Clinical Director, 1985-2005). That tradition of excellence continues today along with significant growth in our faculty and fellowship size, patient and procedural volume, and federally-funded research program.
Learn more about Indiana University’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at http://medicine.iupui.edu/gast/