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A new hybrid operating room created by GE Healthcare is making its national debut at the main campus of St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa.
The Discovery IGS 730 Hybrid OR combines the advanced imaging and the surgical capabilities in one space. Its signature feature is its mobile imaging system guided with lasers.
St. Luke’s physicians – including Hal Folander, M.D., Chairman of the network’s Radiology department and Section Chief of Interventional Radiology – also worked with GE scientists in France to help develop the hybrid OR.
“Having been part of the development process from the ground up, we know firsthand how extremely agile and capable this new technology truly is,” said Dr. Folander in a St. Luke’s news release. “I would say this is probably one of the most revolutionary interventional projects that I’ve seen. The innovation is equivalent to or greater than the invention of the flat-panel technology for interventional procedures.”
St. Luke’s University Health Network is Presenting Sponsor of the Da Vinci Science Center’s Year of the Human Body from Sept. 2012-Sept. 2013.