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RGB Spectrum Supports Interventional Neuroradiology in Ankara Hacettepe Hospital

Neuroradiology, the treatment of head, neck, and spine injuries using X-ray technology, has its origin in Turkey in the 1890's. So it is no surprise that the country remains in the forefront of research and practice in the field today. A major factor in Turkey's progress in radiology is the rapid adoption of state-of-the-art imaging technologies. The recent installation of an RGB Spectrum display system in the Ankara Hacettepe Medical Center interventional neuroradiology facility is in keeping with that practice.

Interventional neuroradiology is a minimally invasive image-based technology for the diagnosis and treatment of the head, neck, and spine. Performed in a catheterization laboratory, or Cath Lab, X-ray imaging is central to diagnostic and surgical procedures. Guided by live X-ray images of the patient, a doctor inserts a catheter through an artery to take measurements, place instruments, and perform operations. Common uses of interventional neuroradiology include repairing aneurysms, removing blood clots, and inserting stents.

X-rays and images from other diagnostic equipment are sent to a control room where a Linx™ DVI Matrix Switcher routes them to a MediaWall 4200® video wall processor for viewing on a 1x2 array of 47" monitors in the Cath Lab. Cath Lab staff can select sources viewed using an RGB Spectrum BP-16 button panel to choose from presets.

When placing a catheter in the brain of a patient, real-time imaging is extremely critical. Doctors have only the X-ray to guide their activities. No perceptible delay between the doctor's actions and the display is acceptable. Using the Linx switch and MediaWall processor together provide a reliable, real-time, high-resolution solution to Cath Lab visualization requirements. Reliability is based on an embedded architecture, rather than a PC, for guaranteed 24/7 operation. Hacettepe University Hospital's roots trace back to the year 1958, when the Institute of Child Health was established and the Hacettepe Children's hospital was inaugurated. On June 15, 1963, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine was established, and a general teaching hospital was built. Today the university hospital ranks among the world's top 500.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.