TAMPA, Fla. —Moffitt Cancer Center successfully treated the first patient in its new $1 million fluoroscopy suite. Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor. In the past, physicians had to physically move the fluoroscopy machine into each room and manually adjust the device during a procedure.
The new fluoroscopy suite features the Omega e-view system, a stationary C-arm tower, table and imaging system that provides gastrointestinal-specific fluoroscopy for advanced endoscopic procedures. It also has an adjustable table and motorized arm allowing physicians to offer more treatment options to complex gastrointestinal cancer patients such as those battling bile duct cancer and/or pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
It allows physicians to access an obstructed bile duct or pancreatic duct via a nontraditional approach using endoscopic ultrasound under fluoroscopy. Plus, it helps enhance a patient’s quality of life by giving physicians the opportunity to perform luminal drainage of infected gallbladders, fluid collections and pancreatic pseudocysts instead of using external drainage.
The new fluoroscopy suite:
- Improves accuracy and quality of fluoroscopy in advanced endoscopic procedures
- Improves safety for patients and staff
- Expands Moffitt services by offering endoscopic ultrasound-guided access
The new fluoroscopy suite has been in the works since 2014 and is the vision of Dr. Cynthia Harris. “I am thrilled to have instituted and overseen this endeavor. A fantastic team of dedicated professionals came together to complete this project. This new state-of-the-art endoscopy suite will allow us to offer innovative techniques and procedures to serve our patients and the greater Tampa Bay community and fulfill our mission of the prevention and cure of cancer,” Harris says.
Moffitt is one of only 50 centers across the country using this type of fluoroscopy technology.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.