During surgery at the JGH, Dr. Jason Bayne (left) and Dr. Robert James Doonan—both vascular surgeons—use IVUS technology to determine whether a tear exists in an artery where a stent had previously been placed. To generate images of the patient’s vascular system with heightened clarity, a catheter with an ultrasound probe at its tip is inserted into an artery in the groin and is then guided to the iliac artery in the abdomen. After examining the IVUS images on a high-resolution screen, the surgeons discover a tear that had not been visible in an angiogram (a type of x-ray). As a result, the surgeons decide to implant a new stent near the older one. {Click on the image to enlarge it.)
January 2024News

JGH is first hospital in Quebec to use ultrasound imaging in vascular surgery

For the first time in Quebec, vascular surgeons are using ultrasound imaging to view blood vessels with greater clarity to improve the quality of surgical procedures.

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In the JGH Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Nurses Tracy Hodge (left) and Zaralyne Lahorra discuss clinical procedures with Dr. Nathan Messas. During treatment, the patient lies on the table and the bi plane equipment (at rear left) is brought forward. The two scanners—one at chest height and the other at head height between Ms. Hodge and Dr. Messas—can capture real-time images from two different angles and project them onto the screen at right. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
December 2020News

JGH is only Quebec hospital to unblock pulmonary arterial obstructions without open-chest surgery

The latest digital equipment is enabling patients with pulmonary hypertension to have their pulmonary arteries unblocked with a special balloon—a procedure unique to Quebec.

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