Kreis Rottweil – On the monitor, the torso of a human revolves. Mouse click – the views of bone and arteries is free. A teenager at the computer? Not even close. Before the screens sitting Kai Mehlhase, chief physician at the Department of Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine in the Helios Clinic Rottweil.
What looks like a computer game , is the latest technology in the treatment of patients with vascular disease. The vascular specialist treated the Rottweiler hospital mainly diseases of the arteries. Calcifications, closures of receptacles, aneurysms, ie bulges on major arteries
” I want to spare the patient risk and large operations, wherever that is possible, “says Kai Mehlhase. Especially in the field of arterial vascular medicine have for some years very gentle techniques to offer the so-called intervention. The vessels of the patient as it were used as transport routes to bring so-called stents in place, small tubes of synthetic fibers which are reinforced by a metal grid.
images are two-dimensional
They support the artery from the inside and turn the aneurysm from it. For this purpose, only requires a small incision in the groin – a few years ago aneurysm patients were operated on with a long abdominal incision
But before the procedure is the planning.. The stent must not only fit exactly into the artery, he could block no inflows or outflows in internal organs. The planning is based on X-ray images from the CT scanner, CT shortly.
“This is extremely time consuming, because the shots that gives us the CT, are two-dimensional,” explains Mehlhase. Unlike the new software: you set the CT images into a three-dimensional model together, arteries and veins are clearly visible and can, thanks to innovative technology, are measured with a few clicks. Based on the measurements, the software proposes the appropriate stent
In addition to the time savings for the surgeon, this technology brings yet another decisive advantage:. Patients can be much better informed about the upcoming surgery. “It’s like your architect you instead of the normal construction plan on paper a 3-D model of their house to show” Kai Mehlhase describes the difference. For Marcel Koch, clinic manager, the six-figure investment is an important contribution to the issue of quality in medicine.