For nearly 30 years, Emory's Carlyle Fraser Heart Center has been known for its innovative technology and treatment procedures. Crossing global borders, the heart center now shares its knowledge with an international audience through a high-tech medical education experience, which transmits live, high-definition images from the operating room to physicians in a classroom setting.
Physicians from the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center will implant cardiac resynchronization therapy devices in three patients on June 28 and 29, beginning at 8 a.m. Fortunately these physicians do not suffer from stage fright, because their every move will be broadcast in real-time to a conference room at Crawford Long filled with visiting physicians from Japan.
"Our new technology is like nothing the medical community - even the Japanese medical community - has ever experienced," says Angel Leon, MD, chief of cardiology, Emory Crawford Long Hospital. "The high-definition quality provides images that are clearer, sharper and more vibrant than the current standard."
Emory cardiologists have been using this technology to teach physicians throughout the world for almost two years with great success. High-definition images have been broadcast from the Crawford Long operating rooms to physicians in Ireland, Puerto Rico and across the United States. Visiting physicians from Japan will be making a trip to Crawford Long to experience the technology first-hand. "Japan is an extremely conservative society. Typically, they want to learn from leaders in their fields. They wouldn't participate in this educational program if we couldn't offer the latest in technology and techniques," says Dr. Leon.
This is the third time Emory Cardiologists have trained physicians from Japan. "The Japan scholars place a great deal of importance on studying and perfecting. This program has been so successful because the physicians take two full days to learn from our experts," says Dr. Leon.
The Heart Center has remote-controlled, high-definition cameras mounted in cardiac surgery operating rooms and catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories. In addition, live, diagnostic images from physiologic monitors, fluoroscopy, positive emission tomography, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology can be viewed during invasive procedures.
The Heart Center's conference room has dual screens that enable an audience to view simultaneous images of what is happening with the surgeon's hands outside of the patient's body, as well as what is happening inside the patient's body. Two-way audio communication allows physicians in the Heart Center's procedure rooms to interact with colleagues, health professionals and students in the hospitals conference room and auditorium. Or, in the case of a remote audience, the entire program can be transmitted live via satellite to anywhere in the world.
One of the most progressive and comprehensive heart centers in the country, the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center is a primary training and educational site for physicians and associated healthcare professionals. Established in 1975, the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Emory Crawford Long Hospital is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of heart disease. The Carlyle Fraser Heart Center is a component of the Emory Heart Center, which has been consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report among the top ten heart programs in the country.