OLVZ Aalst - Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories

Digital Integrated Cathlabs: dare to dream, the future is today…

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories of OLVZ Aalst are now fully digitized and operational. A first teaching seminar was organized by Dr. B. De Bruyne and his staff in collaboration with Boston Scientific and eSATURNUS.


Up to fifteen image feeds, ranging from real-time angiography to planning data were seamlessly acquired, and not only offered for switching and visualization in the cathlab but also made available to a conference room in the hospital via the hospital network. Nothing more than small transceiver units and the default network infrastructure were used to transmit the video and audio feeds in real-time. All processing was done in the hospital datacenter, 3 floors lower and several hundreds of meters further. Not a single additional cable left the room for this event. Simultaneous control from the cathlab, control desk and conference room was enabled, using nothing more than a web browser. Controlling the system turned out to be so easy that untrained guest moderators preferred to direct the video casts themselves…

dr. de bruyne"Video quality was impeccable, and the system performed extremely smoothly. How can we ensure that this system is always in place?" were the first comments of Dr. De Bruyne afterwards. Amazingly, 99% of the event was based on the default installation, which is always present in all five of the cathlabs. The noise-free unobtrusively mounted transceiver units simply went unnoticed. Minimal invasive technology was redefined, as confirmed by Mr. O. Nelis: "The NUCLeUS™ system scaled beyond imagination and is intuitive. Small problems could be easily discussed with eSATURNUS, and were either resolved or workarounds were proposed."

Digitally integrated cathlabs are normally not self-evident, given the wide variety and large number of sources. The NUCLeUS™ digital IP-based approach changes this paradigm completely. The visionary idea to apply NUCLeUS™ technology to the cathlabs by the OLVZ Aalst hospital allowed eSATURNUS to adapt the use case to this specific environment, and create a new level of integration which yesterday was just a dream. The future is today, as more and richer information leads to better diagnostics and teaching or tele-collaboration. We have entered an era where catheterization labs of tomorrow start to be available today.

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