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Illinois Healthcare Leader Riverside Medical Acquires Cutting-Edge Philips Medical Systems (PHG) Image Technology

1/14/2009 10:53:40 AM

KANKAKEE, IL--(Marketwire - January 14, 2009) -

Riverside Medical Center announced that its new $1,200,000 imaging laboratory will offer its patients a much safer and more efficient alternative to major surgery. The newly-acquired Philips Allura Xper imaging system permits minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat a host of medical conditions including cardiac, neuro-vascular, and peripheral vascular problems, which up until now have required major open surgery. The new catheter based intervention technique which includes inserting a flexible plastic tube into large arteries or veins makes for safer low-risk surgery, lessened exposure to radiation, and faster recovery time as compared to traditional surgical techniques. Riverside and Philips have made minimally invasive vascular and neurovascular surgery possible for the first time in Illinois healthcare history.

The computerized system allows physicians to view high-resolution digital X-ray images. Philips' cutting-edge technology provides live, 3-D image guidance: the capability of navigating through the patient's vascular system and observing a crisp and distortion free view of tiny objects and details. This allows physicians to make fast, accurate, real-time decisions about diagnosis and treatment of each patient's individual case. The imaging system is part of a "hybrid operating room," which links it to advanced interventional surgical tools which work in smooth synchronization with the X-ray image guidance. This new technology has revolutionized a wide variety of surgical procedures such as stenting, diagnostic catheterizations, balloon angioplasty, hepatic embolization, kyphoplasty, discectomy, and minimally invasive cranial and spinal fusion and procedures.

Moreover, Philips' Allura Xper reduced X-ray dose technology permits physicians to select the lowest level of X-ray dose needed to support the particular application, which results in lessened radiation exposure for both patients and medical staff. And minimally invasive procedures mean quicker healing, lessened hospital stay, faster return to normal activities for cardiac rehab program and other surgical patients.

The new Philips image technology at Riverside Medical Center, a Kankakee County Hospital, is part of its ongoing effort to bring the latest and best technology to Chicago area residents. Riverside's cardiac rehab program, assisted living program, and other outpatient services assure Illinois healthcare patients the very best medical treatment and supervision available anywhere. For further information regarding the world class healthcare offered by Riverside Medical Center visit, or call (815) 933-1671.

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Crystal Senesac
Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
815-935-7256, ext 6764
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