Elgin says CathWorks is another example of how AI is becoming more integrated into medical technology. “It’s super exciting how it’s (AI) continuing to improve how we care for patients. This (CathWorks) allows us to be less invasive, yet still answer critical health questions,” Elgin says.
Not everyone who needs an angiogram will be a fit for CathWorks right now, Elgin says. Certain patients’ blood vessel anatomy – the way their blood vessels are positioned – is not conducive to the technology. Elgin says there always will be a place for the existing wire-based angiogram technology, but notes he expects the wireless version to diagnose the lion’s share of heart patients as more catheterization labs across Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) are eventually outfitted with the technology.
In addition to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, that would include LVH–Muhlenberg and LVH–Pocono. “As we get more comfortable with the technology, this will be a bigger and bigger piece of how we evaluate heart patients and potential next steps,” Elgin says. Heart and Vascular Institute doctors perform about 4,000 angiograms each year.
“World-class care is foundational here at LVHN and heart health research and testing are part and parcel of that,” Elgin says. “We’re excited about the CathWorks system and what it can mean for our patients going forward.”