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New Imaging Pavilion Pioneers Ultra-Low-Dose Radiation Options

American Family Children's Hospital recently opened the new multi-specialty Pediatric Hybrid Cath/Angio/OR SuiteAny family whose child requires an invasive cardiac, radiological or surgical procedure wants the safest environment for their child. New ultra-low dose imaging equipment, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is now available, providing maximum protection for children while giving physicians high-resolution, high quality images allowing for the most precise guidance possible during procedures.


"This new x-ray technology can reduce radiation exposure by up to 60 percent, compared with existing technology," says Luke Lamers, MD, an assistant professor at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health pediatric cardiologist who performs interventional procedures on children at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison.


In January, UW Health's American Family Children's Hospital in Madison became the first hospital in the world to offer this ultra-low dose radiation, once construction of its new multi-specialty Pediatric Hybrid Cath/Angio/OR Suite was complete.


"This is a remarkable advancement in pediatric cardiac and radiology care," says Jeff Poltawsky, vice president at American Family Children’s Hospital. "As one of the first to offer this advanced technology, we anticipate serving as a model for other children's hospitals while also participating in research studies demonstrating the enhanced safety benefit to patients."


The new multi-specialty Pediatric Hybrid Cath/Angio/OR Suite has become an invaluable addition to treating patients with:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Electrophysiology to correct heart arrhythmias
  • Neurovascular disease, including aneurysms, vascular malformations and strokes
  • Vascular or lymphatic malformations, treated by sclerotherapy or vascular embolization
  • Cancer or tumors requiring image-directed biopsies, embolization or other invasive radiologic procedures