French Hospital Medical Center continues to bring state-of-the-art technology, usually only found in large metropolitan hospitals, to your community hospital. This is a great source of pride for our hospital, as this provides our community members access to the latest high tech equipment. Our residents don’t have to travel hours, it is right here in our own backyard.
These technologies not only enhance image quality and accuracy, but in many cases, they reduce examination times and even improve patient safety. Some of the technologies include:
OPMI Lumera 700
The OPMI LUMERA 700
provides significantly greater clarity and depth perception during cataract surgery. The OPMI LUMERA 700
can also be used in retina and glaucoma surgical procedures, including: vitrectomy, photocoagulation and membrane peel; trabeculectomy and drainage implant surgery.
DVT Treatment (Trellis Peripheral Infusion System)
At French Hospital Medical Center, a new device called the Trellis Peripheral Infusion System
is being used to treat lower extremity DVT. French Hospital is the only hospital from Monterey to Ventura to offer its patients this technology. The catheter-based procedure is usually completed in about an hour. The procedure is done under IV sedation.
The Acuson SC2000
provides real-time, full-volume, 4-D images of the heart. As one of the top 100 Cardiac Care hospitals in the nation, the addition of this system allows our physicians to capture 20 full volume images in one second.
64 Slice CT Scanner
French Hospital is the only hospital in the greater Central Coast region to offer our community a 64-slice CT scanner with “Step-and-Shoot” technology. The most significant aspect of this CT scanner significantly reduces radiation exposure by up to 80 percent. It also offers increased speed, accuracy, and patient comfort. Within seconds, an entire body scan or individual organ scan is complete. “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.
French Hospital was the first facility within the Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) system in the Western United States to provide the Signa HDx 1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
scanner with a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging package. The Signa HDx 1.5T with cardiac imaging capabilities is a whole body MRI
scanner providing our physicians and technologists with superior image clarity for improved diagnostic capabilities. The scanner will provide advanced cardiac imaging and also performs comprehensive breast exams, vascular assessments, neural scans, and abdominal imaging.
To further enhance the quality work performed in our Operating Rooms, French Hospital added a new mobile C-arm
. The C-arm
provides superior imaging during vascular surgery. With this imaging system, patients can undergo non-invasive procedures, dramatically decreasing pain, recovery time and length of stay in the hospital.
Two Cath Labs
French Hospital is the only hospital in San Luis Obispo County with two state-of-the-art laboratories. This will allow patient cases, both emergent and elective, a better opportunity to receive immediate treatment without scheduling disruption.
Chest Pain Center
With the addition of the 64-slice CT scanner, the Cardiac MRI, as well as the state-of-the-art technology in our two digital Catheterization Laboratories, French Hospital added another level of excellence in heart care – a Chest Pain Center. A Chest Pain Center involves a multitude of diagnostic and treatment modalities to rapidly identify and treat heart disease and related illness.
This new technique means that the hip can be replaced using the natural interval between the muscles, versus having to disturb the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur. The advantage for patients is decreased pain, faster recovery and no mobility restrictions.
, uses a “GPS” navigation system used in certain interventional radiology procedures. French Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are the first hospitals on the entire West Coast to utilize this technology.
The Thermogard XP
for Intravascular Temperature Management (IVTM), regulates the core body temperature by cooling and warming critically ill patients suffering from cardiac arrest.