July/August 1999

St. Joseph in Towson part of trial for angina pain reduction procedure

St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md., is one of only a handful of medical centers in the country participating in the clinical trial for a new procedure called percutaneous transluminal myocardial revascularization (PTMR). The PTMR laser procedure creates tiny channels in oxygen-starved regions of a heart muscle with the goal of encouraging new blood vessels to form, resulting in reduced angina pain. "This procedure may be an option for patients who suffer from severe angina pain, even after they have exhausted other treatment options," said Michael Drossner, MD, principal investigator of the study. Holy Rosary in Oregon adds new MRI system, renews trauma center certification Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Ore., has added a new high-field, high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging system to its diagnostic imaging department. The Sigma MRI system is similar to open MRI systems, which are designed to increase patient comfort and produce a higher quality image. The higher resolution and definition of the image can make diagnosis faster and more accurate. The MRI unit provides angiographic images that allow radiologists to see clear images of blood vessels and performs magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which allows doctors to better differentiate between brain tumors and brain processes that look similar to tumors. Holy Rosary’s emergency room has also been certified by Oregon Health Division Emergency Medical Services officials as a Level III trauma center for the next three years. The medical center’s emergency room has been certified as Level III since 1988.