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Renovations Facilitate Leading-Edge Patient Care

The Ohio State
University Veterinary Medical Center continually strives to be the best, and it
now has newly renovated leading-edge facilities to excel in that quest.

Renovated Room 1

Approximately nine months of facility renovations has led to completion
this month of over 4,600 square feet of state-of-the-art space in our patient
care and client service areas. The space includes four new small animal exam rooms; a small animal
internal medicine diagnostic and treatment suite, with a student-learning
center; an oncology diagnostic, treatment and teaching suite, with adjacent
chemotherapy pharmacy and delivery areas; blood bank collection, testing and
processing area for blood and blood products; dentistry and minor procedures
suite; and an interventional medicine/radiology suite. “Our newly renovated and
expanded clinical spaces will enable us to provide the most advanced treatment
options available for our companion animal patients,” said Dr. Rustin Moore, Associate
Dean of Clinical and Outreach Programs.

Surgery without
cutting that offers “open-heart” results with “closed-chest” procedures may
seem far-fetched, but they are part of Dr. Brian Scansen’s everyday world in
Interventional Medicine. Dr. Scansen, Assistant Professor of Cardiology and
Interventional Medicine, is the Director of the Cardiology and Interventional
Medicine Laboratory.

Renovations to
the interventional medicine areas mean even more animals, both small and large,
will enjoy better health through access to less-invasive and life-saving
procedures previously not available.

State-of-the
art imaging equipment has now revolutionized Dr. Scansen’s already cutting-edge
treatments, allowing for procedures such as placement of catheters, stents,
coils and other devices – all guided by real-time x-rays, known as digital
fluoroscopy.

“The system we
had before was developed in the early 1990s, and we hadn’t had the opportunity
to upgrade until now,” Dr. Scansen said. “With our new fluoroscopy unit, we are
able to watch the heart, blood vessels, airway, and urinary tract in real time,
and guide our therapy directly to where we need to treat the disease.”

Renovated Room 2

The suite has
also revolutionized the ability to better educate students, interns and
residents. “The old space was a radiology room with an open communication with
an adjacent radiology suite,” Scansen said. “Now we have
what is arguably the most sterile room in the hospital.”

Dr. Scansen
also noted that it was “nearly impossible” for students in the former space to
get a full view of procedures due to space constraints, but the new suite
allows for ample viewing room at the patient’s side, and also through a nearby
observation room with live monitoring on large screens and two-way speakers.

“From the student’s experience,
this is light years better than what it was,” Dr. Scansen said. And from the
patient’s perspective, it enables us to treat some of the most serious and
complex disease conditions using the most advanced treatment options available,
many of which are not possible elsewhere,” said Dr. Moore. “We are excited
about the opportunities to treat even more patients using these
“latest-greatest” techniques and to do so in ways to minimize risks and
complications, reduce pain, and decrease hospitalization and recovery times.”

For more information on our
Interventional Medicine program, please visit http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/advances-interventional-medicine

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Monday, March 14, 2011 - 3:54pm

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