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Lehigh Valley Health Network Is One of Three Institutions in World to Use IRIS Technology for 3D Imaging of a Patient’s Anatomy

Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence has added to its suite of da Vinci surgical system technologies with the leading-edge IRIS system. This innovative technology provides vivid 3D imaging of a patient’s anatomy to support pre-surgical planning, patient education and increased surgical accuracy.

Located at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, IRIS will be used for patients seeking a partial nephrectomy (kidney surgery to remove diseased tissue). The images produced by IRIS clearly define tumors, blood vessels, arteries and veins using color coding – a stark difference from the typical black and white CT (computed tomography) scan.

“The goal of a partial nephrectomy is to take out the tumor and leave as much normal kidney as possible,” says Angelo Baccala, MD, Chief of Urology at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). “This technology allows us to see the exact location of the tumor and save as much tissue as possible, reducing patients’ risk of complications post-surgery.”

Surgical precision is not the only way IRIS helps reduce complications. During surgery, the blood supply to the kidneys is “clamped,” allowing surgeons to perform the procedure with minimal blood loss. However, it’s important to minimize “clamp time” as much as possible. Like all organs, kidneys rely on blood supply to thrive. Thanks to IRIS, the average “clamp time” is cut significantly. Throughout the procedure, surgeons can refer to updated 3D imaging to track progress and determine next steps.

“With the largest most advanced robotics program in the region, Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence continues to invest in the latest technologies to ensure our community receives the very best care,” says Michael Pasquale, MD, Physician in Chief, Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence. “We are proud to be the first in Pennsylvania and the third in the world to utilize the IRIS platform.”

Patients are also more empowered. When surgeons share the colorful imaging with patients prior to the surgery, patients are able to better visualize their anatomy and gain a greater understanding of their upcoming procedure.

IRIS connects to the da Vinci robotic surgery system. LVHN has 11 robots, including the only da Vinci SP® single port robotic surgery system in the region. With more than 50 surgeons trained in robotic procedures across 11 service lines, more patients are able to get in and out of surgery with fewer incisions, fewer scars and quickly return to normal activity.

About LVHN

LVHN includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No.1 hospital for seven straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.