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Customer Care Education A Miraculous Touch Prof. Xinwei Han, MD captains of one of the biggest interventional radiology departments in the world. Zhengzhou University First Affiliated Hospital has almost 10,000 beds and the interventional radiology department consists of 208 beds. He has five Artis systems that work around the clock to treat the patients of the Henan region. He shares his knowledge with regional colleagues to offer cancer patients the best chance of survival regardless of where in Henan they live. Text: Chen Yi | Photos: Tang Ting Ting some involve cerebrovascular diseases and esophageal stenosis, but the vast majority of patients are fighting illnesses such as stomach cancer, liver cancer, and esophageal cancer. A Kernel of Rice In the eyes of a Chinese patient, once he or she has entered the hospital, their life is entirely in the hands of the doctor. Prof. Han stated: “I use the simplest and most easily understandable language and describe this kind of operation as; ‘Grabbing the cancer cells by the throat and making them drink a poisonous potion.’ Interventional therapy doesn’t require a large knife. We make a small opening on the patient’s body that isn’t larger than a kernel of rice, then we take an interventional device that is about one to three millimeters in diameter and enter a blood vessel. Next we take an embolization agent about the size of a tadpole and insert the agent directly into the area affected by the carcinoma. This achieves a targeted localized treatment. Data related to this procedure is instantaneously entered into the hospital information system, for all of the patient’s doctors to review.” Despite having already been in use for more than 40 years globally, and having a history of nearly 30 years in China, A 50-year-old male patient lies calmly on the operating table. A small sheath is inserted into his femoral artery. He has only received local anesthetic around the puncture site, and his fearless eyes sometimes glance at the strange contraption above his head. It is the flexible C-arm of the Artis zeego robotic interventional system installed in the interventional suite. The interventional radiologists and nurses can adjust the imaging system in hundreds of different ways according to their needs. The two ‘eyes’ of the robot are two monitors that help the doctors to observe their minimally invasive devices during the procedure. This is the interventional therapy operating room at Zhengzhou University First Affiliated Hospital. It is ten in the morning, Prof. Xinwei Han, a well-known Chinese professor in the field of interventional radiology, is standing in the control room of the interventional suite. A pane of transparent lead and several pieces of monitoring equipment separate him from the proficient younger surgeons he is mentoring. The patient, who is suffering from primary carcinoma of the liver, is undergoing a superselective hepatic arteriography chemoembolization. On the same day, a total of 40 patients are scheduled for operations in the interventional therapy department, 76  AXIOM Innovations | December 2013 | www.siemens.com/angiography


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