February 21, 2012
By Kaylin Krashesky
MEDFORD, Ore. — New technology at Rogue Valley Medical Center is allowing cardiologists to have a better look at the heart.
The hospital has four new 3-D echocardiography machines. The machines are used during open-heart surgery and allow the cardiologists a 3-dimensional look at the heart while surgeons are operating. The probe is about the size of your finger- and sits right behind the heart- sending out sound waves to get a 3-dimensional picture.
Technicians can spin the picture around to get different angles for the doctors to look at. For years doctors have checked their work with 2-D machines, but the 3-D technology brings a live, realistic look that helps surgeons get a closer look at the heart.
RVMC has four machines located in the hospital. This 3-D technology is also available at Providence Medford Medical Center.