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Siemens ACUSON SC 2000 4-D system: As one of the top 100 Cardiac Care hospitals in the nation, FHMC is the first and only hospital on the Central Coast to obtain the Siemens ACUSON SC 2000 Ultrasound System. The Siemens ACUSON SC 2000 4-D system introduces an entirely new level of non-radiation imaging technology that allows our physicians to instantaneously capture advanced and more accurate image resolution of the heart, with better clinical results than the currently utilized 2-D and 3-D technology.

While traditional echocardiograms can take up to one hour, the ACUSON SC 2000 system allows our physicians to see an entire cardiac volume and capture all the data needed to evaluate and diagnose in a single heartbeat.

Cardiologist Robert Doria, M.D. states that, “This improved efficiency allows patients to be diagnosed and treated more quickly. The addition of this technology to the cardiac resources at French Hospital will enhance cardiologists’ ability to make accurate diagnosis and provide optimal care for their patients with heart disease.”

Mobile C-Arm scanner: The c-arm is used during vascular surgery, providing superior imaging in procedures ranging from abdominal aortic aneurysm repair to revascularization in legs. In certain cases, before this system, patients would have to endure invasive procedures and face a lengthy hospital stay to recover. With this imaging system, those patients can undergo non-invasive procedures, dramatically decreasing pain, recovery time and length of stay in the hospital. 


"Step-and-Shoot" Computed Tomography (CT) scanner: This CT scanner reduces radiation exposure by up to 80 percent, and offers increased speed, accuracy, and patient comfort. Within seconds, an entire high-resolution body scan or individual organ scan is complete. Typical CT devices can take up to twice as long and require patients to hold their breath longer. This enhanced technology is only available at FHMC.

"This technology has broken boundaries in cardiac care, allowing a clear, non-invasive investigation of the heart and its blood vessels," says Cardiologist Michael Famularo, M.D

For more information call the Cardio Secretaries (805) 542-6238.

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