State-Of-The-Art Electrophysiology Lab at BMC
In July 2011, Berkshire Health Systems opened a state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Lab at BMC that is exclusively dedicated to EP procedures. This spacious new lab is designed specifically for the needs of the cardiac electrophysiologists, their team, and our patients. Equipped with the most advanced technology to support EP studies and treatment, the new lab represents a higher level of comprehensive cardiac care, right here in our own community.
Some of the technology investments used in the new EP lab include the following:
- A new digital fluoroscopy camera designed specifically for use in electrophysiology procedures. This system generates real-time X-ray images that guide the physicians performing EP procedures. The benefits of the new system include a more maneuverable camera and lower radiation exposure for our patients, the physicians, and the nursing staff.
With multiple images on the screen, BMC's new large screen display system enables the physicians to better visualize each step of the procedure by simultaneously displaying multiple images at high magnification and resolution.
Upgrades to the existing electrophysiology recording systems allow for simultaneous tracking of up to 80 channels of electrical activity inside the heart, displayed on widescreen monitors to maximize the ability to visualize and analyze the intracardiac signals.
The new EP lab also benefits from a 3D mapping system used during certain ablation procedures that allows the electrophysiologist to create a three-dimensional model of the heart to better visualize the source and path of the arrhythmia, as well as the position of the catheters inside the heart, allowing for precise placement of the ablation points to target the appropriate tissue.