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Advanced Endovascular Suite at Rush

Posted on January 1, 2007

Dr. Lopes uses advanced imaging and navigation equipment at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Lopes performs all of his endovascular procedures in the BiPlane Angiography Suite at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  Rush’s BiPlane Angiography suite is  state-of-the-art facility that enables Dr. Lopes to capture and view detailed images of the blood vessels of the brain and the body.  He uses a Siemens bioplane angiogram with rotational angiography and three dimensional reconstruction capabilities, to treat his patients.  Procedures performed including coiling of aneurysms, remodeling of aneurysms with the Pipeline embolization device, or filling of aneurysms with the Onyx HD “glue.”  Furthermore, he frequently treats patients with acute stroke, AVMs, carotid and intracranial stenosis and other conditions of the blood vessels in the neck and brain.

The Siemens biplane equipment is one of the most advanced available and has two x-ray tubes that can move independently but operate simultaneously.  This allows images to be taken from two directions at once.  This provides Dr. Lopes with more information and makes the procedures he performs safer, more efficient and reduces the amount of treatment time patients are exposed to.

In addition, one of these tubes can rotate around Dr. Lopes’s patient’s head, collecting a large number of images, which can then be reconstructed on the computer to create three-dimensional images of the blood vessels in the brain.  This facilitates safe planning of minimally invasive procedures such as aneurysm treatments, vessel stenting and injection of substances to block weakened or diseased blood vessels in malformations or tumors.