Dr. Kovaleski - Interventional Radiologist - ECCO Medical - Denver, CO

The Future of Interventional Radiology: Advancements and Innovations

ECCO Medical is a leading outpatient interventional radiology clinic in Lone Tree, CO, renowned for our exceptional patient care and state-of-the-art facilities. And when we say “state-of-the-art,” we really mean it!

Recently, we have made history as the first outpatient clinic in the United States to receive GE Healthcare’s latest AI Image Guidance Technology. This cutting-edge equipment represents a significant milestone in the field of interventional radiology, with the potential to revolutionize the way we perform minimally-invasive procedures.

Through this collaboration, we aim to achieve an even higher standard of care for our patients with enhanced precision and efficiency in diagnoses and treatments. This achievement is undoubtedly a game-changer, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on patient care in the coming years.

What is the GE Allia and How Does it Work?

The Allia Image-Guided Systems from GE Healthcare are designed to assist our doctors with a variety of minimally-invasive procedures by generating 3D models of the body’s vascular network. Powered by the most advanced AI technology in the world, this machine helps us to visualize specific arteries and veins clearly so that we can treat the issues at hand with ultimate precision.

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“The GE Allia has cone-beam capabilities, as well as advanced applications that allow us to very precisely find the arteries we want to treat,” commented a member of ECCO Medical’s Procedural Team

The benefits of this technology, from a patient’s perspective, are outstanding. By combining live imaging with innovative software and experience, the GE Allia allows us to visualize and navigate through the human body in real time without impacting any other areas of your body.

What Problem Does the GE Allia Software Help Solve? 

Before the creation of this technology, Endovascular Specialist Dr. Charles Nutting relied heavily on his knowledge of the body’s vascular network to visualize, in his head, the areas that required his attention. But now – thanks to the advancement made by GE Healthcare – this visualization can happen in person during patient procedures, displayed on a large-screen monitor. 

“Now we have advanced applications, such as EmboAssist and other three-dimensional navigation, that actually puts it on a screen in front of me. So while I’m thinking of what this 3D model should look like, the computer is generating a model,” commented an ECCO Medical team member. 

During image-guided procedures like Uterine Fibroid Embolization, this advancement allows our doctors to see exactly where the catheters should go and find the best way to get there.

What Are the Benefits of This New Technology for Patients?

The Allia’s high-performance imaging capabilities allow our doctors to see into the smallest and most intricate parts of the body, making it an invaluable tool for procedures such as tumor ablations and embolizations. But what does all of this mean for the patient?

“This technology is really helping the patients in the fact that we can be much more precise about where we’re delivering our therapy, which leads to improved outcomes with decreased adverse events or side effects from the procedure,” comments a member of ECCO Medical’s procedural team.

Using the Allia’s ability to visualize a patient’s arteries in real time, this new technology also allows us to provide much more comprehensive treatments. 

In many cases, it is not merely a single artery needing treatment but multiple. This advanced technology guarantees the simultaneous treatment of all the affected arteries, leaving no concern unaddressed.

What Procedures Can This New Technology Assist With?

One of the primary uses for the GE Allia software is assisting with embolization procedures – one of ECCO Medical’s many diverse specialties. 

Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure devised to stop blood flow to a diseased vessel. At ECCO Medical, this is typically done by injecting tiny particles (called embolic agents) into your blood vessels using thin catheters. 

Dr. Aaron Kovaleski, Denver, Colorado, Endovascular Consultants of Colorado

Embolization creates less trauma and stress on the body compared to traditional surgical treatments and can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Enlarged Prostate)
  • Liver Cancer
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Knee Pain

To learn more about Embolization and the many conditions it can help treat, click here.

In Conclusion

Becoming the first outpatient clinic in the US to receive GE Healthcare’s newest AI Image Guidance Technology marks an exciting turning point in ECCO Medical’s approach to treating endovascular issues. As we embrace this new era of healthcare innovation, we are eager to witness the positive impact it will have on our community. 

ECCO Medical remains committed to providing top-notch, patient-centric care and staying at the forefront of advancements in the medical field. Together, we look forward to a brighter and healthier future.

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