Hybrid operating room streamlines diagnosis, treatment of lung cancer

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Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University

AUGUSTA, Ga. (September 25, 2018) – Representing a paradigm shift in thoracic surgery, the hybrid operating room combines three techniques into a single appointment eliminating multiple clinical visits for improved patient experience and outcomes.

When it comes to surviving cancer, early detection and treatment could be the key to a patient’s survival. Thanks to an investment by Augusta University Health, a surgeon can now diagnose and treat patients with lung cancer faster than is possible in a traditional operating room.

“Before I started using the hybrid operating room, it could take up to six weeks just to get a diagnosis,” said Dr. Carsten Schroeder, thoracic surgical oncologist at the Georgia Cancer Center and Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. “Having the hybrid OR and all of its technologies at Augusta University Health allows me to tailor the patient’s care plan in one day instead of having to schedule multiple follow-up appointments.”

Working with Philips through a unique long-term partnership model that allows for co-creating of clinical solutions, Augusta University Health opened its hybrid operating room in May 2017. It brings three techniques into a single


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