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When someone suffers a stroke or heart attack, their survival and future quality of life can be determined in hours, if not minutes. The more timely and precise the diagnosis and treatment of these events, the greater the chance of survival and of regaining cognitive and physical abilities.

Lutheran Medical Center, already known regionally for its quality stroke care, unveiled one of the most sophisticated, high-resolution imaging technologies in cardiac and stroke care at an Oct. 10 ribbon-cutting. The biplane angiography system uses two cameras to provide simultaneous imaging to produce highly detailed, real-time, 3-D images of blood vessels and soft tissue.

The technology can help locate blockages that cause ischemic stroke, and identify aneurysms that cause hemorrhagic stroke to help physicians better predict, diagnose and treat various neurological disorders. The biplane imaging can also assist with stent placement and guiding catheters through the brain, as well as in neuro coiling, a procedure that blocks blood flow to an aneurysm.

The 3-D imaging technology is housed within a specially designed hybrid operating suite, which can save critical time for some patients by giving physicians the imaging they need to proceed directly with interventional treatment in the sterile environment.

The biplane also can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and neck tumors and other neurological conditions.

Lutheran Medical Center is a community-based, 338-bed acute-care hospital located in Wheat Ridge. Services include a five-star birthing center, Heart and Neurovascular Center, robotic surgery, Primary Stroke Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Orthopedics, a Level III Trauma Center and emergency services including the first Senior Emergency Room in Colorado. Senior-focused services also include Senior Behavioral Health and a Senior Surgery Center.

To learn more, visit www.lutheranmedicalcenter.org.