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      St. Luke's excited over new technology

      If you've ever needed an X-Ray, then you know it's a process where you're exposed to a lot of radiation.

      N ow , S aint Luke's in Maumee has a new tool that can detect your medical problem without exposing you to heavy radiation.

      " O h. It's phenomenal," plainly explains Tony Kremnetz, director of interventional radiation at St. Luke's.

      S o what is this new technology? It's the Phillips Allura FD 20. A tool used for endovascular surgery with an advanced X-Ray, and this device could be used for a variety of issues, "it could be anything from an oncology biopsy, to a blood vessel that's stenosed and we need to fix to a broken back," says Kremnetz.

      T he technology first debuted at Saint Lukes in the spring. Staff didn't waste anytime putting it work, performing a procedure on a patient that had a pulmonary embolism, the first of it's kind in Toledo.

      F eatures such as large screens to help doctors better see what problems a patient may have. It's technology using computer driven radiology, a big improvement from the big X-Ray machine you're used to, which doctors will tell you was, "much more time consuming and usually more radiation and more contrast was used in order to visualize certain areas. Now with the technology that allows less contrast and less radiation to be used to visualize certain smaller vessels," says Kremnetz.

      He adds training for this device took an intense two weeks. But it's relatively easy to learn regardless of experience, "it will tell you what you're doing wrong or what you're doing right. What the next step is, it communicates very well and allows you to use a little grey cells," says Kremnetz.

      D octor Kremnetz adds the only issues they've experience have been breaking the habits of older doctors who favor using the old big X-Ray machines, in favor of something new.