Interventional radiology (IR) uses the guidance of high-resolution images—typically from CT scans, ultrasound, and X-rays—to perform minimally invasive procedures that are often less invasive than traditional surgery to both diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions. UCHealth Memorial (UCH) North Hospital retained RTA to complete a renovation of their first floor IR area to include a new state-of-the-art Multidisciplinary Interventional Lab (MDIL), a hybrid catheterization lab and operating room that will allow surgeons from different specialties to perform numerous, often complex, clinical solutions in one location. This aligns with UCHealth’s commitment to patient-centered care.
RTA worked closely with UCH to confirm the existing studies and original analysis of the space, including vendor and IT coordination due to the moveable intra-operative image guidance that would be used and the wide range of procedures that would be done in the MDIL. RTA also led several user group meetings with department surgeons, physicists, nurses, and staff to confirm the room and equipment layout.
The new MDIL at UCHealth Memorial North Hospital is one of the few hybrid cath lab/operating rooms in the country that combines diagnostic imaging, minimally invasive procedures, and traditional surgery in one location. The MDIL will be used for a wide range of IR procedures – from interventional oncology to neurointerventional radiology to vascular IR – and will avoid having to transfer patients from a traditional IR lab to an operating room if surgery is needed. Treating common cardiovascular-related conditions with the minimally invasive approach maximizes safety, decreases discomfort, and shortens hospital stays and recovery time for patients. The project also included support rooms and created a new restroom / changing room for patients.