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AV Medical Center opens new laboratory


Specializing in catheterization

Antelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to signal the official opening of its state-of-the-art Biplane Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab).

“Our stroke team will now be able to perform very complex Neurovascular procedures, where otherwise, patients would have to travel 50 plus miles outside of the AV to receive this level of care,” stated Dr. Hisham Salahuddin,  interventional neurologist at Antelope Valley Medical Center. “These procedures can save valuable time, and can make all the difference in recovery, for patients with stroke or other severe neurovascular complications.”

Biplane imaging is one of the most advanced interventional medical imaging technologies available. It uses two rotating cameras, one on each side of the patient, to take simultaneous images. As the cameras move side to side and front to back, they produce highly detailed images of blood vessels, soft tissue and blood flow in real-time. When combined on a computer screen, the two sets of images form a 3-D portrait of the area the doctor wants to study.

Biplane imaging is especially helpful during cerebral vascular angiography to take images of the blood vessels in the brain. The 3-D images can help locate blockages that cause ischemic stroke and identify aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (a tangle of arteries and veins) that cause hemorrhagic stroke.

“This addition represents our ongoing commitment to patient-centered care and ensuring that the community has access to the latest advancements in medical technology,” said Edward Mirzabegian, chief executive officer, Antelope Valley Medical Center. “The BiPlane Cath Lab will play a crucial role in addressing complex vascular conditions and other medical challenges, solidifying AVMC’s position as a regional leader in healthcare.”