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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Dr. David Zukor (right), Chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, performs a total knee replacement by relying on a robotic arm (at left, wrapped in plastic) to guide him in removing precise portions of bone from a patient’s knee. Joining him is Dr. Mohammed Al Hassan, a Fellow from Saudi Arabia who specializes in joint replacment surgery. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)
Feature articlesOctober 2023

Surgical robot opens the way for greater precision in total knee replacement

he JGH is now among a handful of hospitals in Quebec where a robotic arm is providing crucial guidance when the bone of a damaged knee must be cut precisely during total knee replacement. “This is the first time in my life as a surgeon that I’ve used an instrument …

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From left: Dr. Daniel Obrand (Chief of Vascular Surgery), Robert Woo (X-ray Technologist) and Karen Williams (Nurse and Team Leader in Vascular Surgery) in the hybrid surgical suite. At certain points during the surgery, the patient on the operating table (foreground) is x-rayed by the C-arm (far left), which sends images in real time to the large screen (far right).
May 2017Spotlight feature

Surgery + imaging in one room = Safer, more effective procedures

If a stripped-down term like “hybrid surgical suite” doesn’t quite convey the versatility or sophistication of the JGH’s newest operating room, just think of it as the Swiss army knife of surgical facilities.

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Hinda Goodman
First person singularMay 2017

Becoming a “bridge over troubled waters” in support of cancer patients

Even as a little girl, I knew I wanted to work in a hospital. And this is where I’ve ended up—helping cancer patients and their families at Hope & Cope.

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