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Minimally Invasive Treatment for Brain Aneurysms

Hartford Hospital Introduces The First Fully-Integrated 3D Biplane Angiographic Lab in Connecticut

First Webcast: October 21, 6:00 pm EDT (22:00 UTC)

Hartford, CT – Hartford Hospital has introduced a revolutionary angiographic biplane lab enhancing the performance of minimally invasive treatments for those suffering from brain aneurysms. Connecticut’s first Fully-Integrated 3D Biplane Angiographic Lab, was the focus of an Internet webcast first seen on Tuesday, October 21, from Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT.

  The Biplane Angiographic display

Viewers of the webcast archive have the rare opportunity to observe how this sophisticated X-ray unit, known as the Artis Biplane Angiographic System presents physicians with a three-dimensional view of blood vessels in the brain. This new technology allows highly skilled physicians in endovascular neurosurgery to better visualize and access diseased blood vessels of the brain facilitating and enabling repair of aneurysms, correcting vessel blockages, and perform other therapeutic procedures. These advances will prove beneficial to patients of stroke, as well as victims of aneurysms, arterial malformations or other vascular aneurysms.

  The Surgical Team

Under the direction and leadership of Gary Spiegel, MD, director of Endovascular NeuroIntervention and co-medical director of the Stroke Center, these minimally invasive procedures can often replace conventional neurosurgical clipping of brain aneurysms. These revolutionary procedures are performed via a catheter threaded from the groin up into the aneurysmal sac, rather than by the traditional surgical approach that requires opening the skull and pushing away portions of the brain in order to access the aneurysm. Once in the aneurysm, the fine coated platinum coils are placed in its sac. This effectively eliminates blood flow through the weak aneurysmal sac, protecting the patient from a life-threatening rupture.

Approximately 2 million Americans have brain aneurysms, and about 1 out of 6 have more than one. Hartford Hospital’s new biplane lab with its state-of-the-art vessel visualization, advanced coiling procedures, along with the most active program of cerebral revascularisation procedures for acute ischemic stroke represent the most comprehensive care for brain vessel aneurysms in Connecticut.

The webcast uses Realplayer to display both video and synchronized slides in side by side windows. Viewers can download a free copy of the player here.

It is not necessary to purchase any of Real's premium players or subscription plans. The free basic player is all that is required to view the surgery.


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