CarePoint Health activates 1st biplane machine in Hudson County

Biplane is advanced interventional imaging technology to provide physicians additional medical application in treating patients

CarePoint Health commemorated the reopening of the renovated Interventional Lab at Christ Hospital in Jersey City with the installation of the first biplane machine in Hudson County — a significant milestone in CarePoint’s capabilities in stroke care.

The biplane machine, which will be used by interventional cardiologists and neurointerventionalists to build on the quality care they deliver, is one of the most advanced interventional medical imaging technologies available. It will expand the scope of procedures CarePoint’s neurointerventionalists can do, improve stroke and cerebrovascular volumes, and improve patient satisfaction and outcomes.

The biplane machine at Christ Hospital. (CarePoint Health/Jennifer Brown)

In the new lab, the interventional cardiologists and neurointerventionalists will be able to perform diagnostic, revascularization and embolization procedures, improve blockage location, identify aneurysms and assist in stent placement.

Utilizing advanced artificial intelligence technology, VIZ.AI, that issues alerts earlier than ever before, the teams at Christ Hospital will be able to coordinate care by connecting frontline health care workers, facilitating efficient communication and improving patient outcomes.

CarePoint Health CEO Achintya Moulick said the biplane technology allows for the application of the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes.

“Our investment in the biplane machine demonstrates once again our commitment to elevating the standard of care we can provide to our patients in Hudson County and neighboring communities,” he said.

Dr. Jeffrey Farkas, system director of neurointervention, said CarePoint’s neurointerventionalists already were successfully performing mechanical thrombectomies (blood clot removal) on a single-plane machine in the cardiac catheterization lab with excellent results. Now, those results will only improve, given that the biplane imaging uses two rotating cameras, one on each side of the patient, to take simultaneous images, he said.

“The neuro biplane machine will allow us to see intricate details of the blood vessels in the brain, including the ability to create 3D models and virtual images that will enable us to evaluate and treat complex blood vessel problems of the brain,” he said. “Minimally invasive treatment for brain aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations can replace more invasive brain surgeries, allowing for more rapid recovery and less disability. This machine will enable us to perform the entire range of neurovascular procedures at CarePoint.”