World’s first automated cardiovascular surgery unit for hybrid operating rooms installed in Lille
14 Feb 2013 | A region on the move, Health Nutrition
Lille’s University Hospital introduces a unique technology platform
The University Hospital of Lille recently announced that it had installed the new Discovery IGS 730 system for hybrid operating rooms and imaging departments—a worldwide first. Combining surgery with high-quality interventional imaging, the unit was developed by a consortium of manufacturers and applied research teams. It uses X-ray technology mounted on a laser-guided mechanism to match the performance of the best interventional radiology operating rooms (3D imaging and multimodal fusion).
Developed and manufactured by GE Healthcare in France, this innovative unit enables surgeons to perform minimally-invasive endovascular and percutaneous procedures on high-risk patients unfit for open surgery. Discovery IGS 730 will be able to handle ruptured aortic aneurysms, fainting spells, cerebrovascular accidents and other cardiovascular pathologies, with surgical teams aiming for 500 operations a year.
This groundbreaking technology adds to the cardiovascular and pulmonary expertise on tap in Lille, reinforcing the region’s reputation as a European leader in the treatment of aortic pathologies. It is also a key part of the University Hospital’s flagship program for the next five years—building a new cardiovascular and pulmonary hospital that will make the site one of the largest centers of its kind in France and Northern Europe.
Lille University Hospital—key figures (2011)
- 3,053 beds and functional places
- 233 730 hospitalizations
Cardiovascular and pulmonary unit—key figures (2011)
- 374 beds and functional places
- 22,085 hospitalizations