In October, St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif, opened the first hybrid cath lab in Southern California’s Inland Empire equipped with Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc’s Infinix VC-i cardiovascular x-ray system and hybrid table. The flexibility of the Infinix-i system combined with the tilting and cradling features of the table produce an ideal hybrid setting for both surgical and interventional procedures.

St. Bernardine’s IEH&VI utilizes the Infinix-i system and hybrid table for various applications such as AAA stents, transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) and vascular bypasses. Infinix-i also enables the hospital to conduct approximately 30% of its interventions using the radial approach, a safer and more efficient access point.

St. Bernardine’s IEH&VI provides the full spectrum of cardiac services and procedures. Last year, the hospital’s team of notable heart care professionals performed more than 700 open heart surgeries and a combined total of more than 8,600 diagnostic and interventional procedures in the cardiac cath labs, as well as nearly 3,400 echocardiograms.