Although the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Conference in Washington DC just ended, I though it would be cool to show some of the behind-the-scenes action at our hospital as we transmitted four live cases on the 22nd of October via satellite to the conference. A tremendous effort was made by all, and gratefully, the three PFO closures and one mitral valvuloplasty cases went without a hitch. For patients who have never seen a cath lab before, here ya go!
Thanks to Jon Hillenbrand from the Media Department at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare for these great shots:
The audiovisional setup: "Hello, Houston, we have a signal."
Reviewing the case under way from the AV room.
Video switcher to cut between different views
The control room just outside the procedure room where vital signs are monitored.
The camera crew.
The crowd in the procedure room.
Drs. Ted Feldman (left) and Mike Salinger study the fluoroscopy images to determine the proper size of the foramen ovale closure device.
The monitors that Drs. Feldman (right) and Salinger were viewing in the previous picture.
A view of the next room with the next case standing by ready to go.
Dr. Tim Sanborn has prepped the patient for the next case and stands by.
The happy crew after everything went well.
Not bad for a bunch of "plumbers." Nice job, guys!