Albany Medical Center consists of Albany Medical Center Hospital and Albany Medical College. Albany Medical College was founded in 1839, and the hospital was incorporated in 1849. Today, Albany Medical Center Hospital is a 734 bed medical center, and is the only academic health sciences center in northeastern New York. The Interventional Radiology division at Albany Medical Center is located within the facilities of the Department of Radiology.
There are presently five procedure suites and one dedicated procedural CT-scanner within the main Interventional Radiology Department. This space is managed by the Department of Radiology but cooperatively shared with the Division of Vascular Surgery and the Department of Neurosurgery. Each of these specialties starts out the day with access to one procedure suite; Interventional Radiology starts out the day with access to three procedure suites and the CT scanner. It is atypical for Vascular Surgery and Neurosurgery to use their room for an entire day so IR is typically working within all of the rooms by the end of the day.This arrangement works for all involved specialties and is one that we take great pride in being able to orchestrate successfully.
Rooms 1-3 are the main rooms in the department and house Siemens angiographic equipment. These are Artis Q units, which are scheduled to undergo replacement beginning in mid 2014. Room 4 is considered our minor procedure room and has a Philips multipurpose unit. Venous access procedures in addition to tube changes and drainages are typically performed in this room. Room 5 is considered our neuro room and is mostly run by the Department of Neurosurgery. There is a GE Innova IGS 630 biplane angiographic unit in this room, which was recently upgraded in 2014. Room 2 is a second biplane room within our department. There is a procedural CT scanner within the Interventional Radiology department and accessible via a shared control area with the interventional suites. This is a GE 4-slice scanner. It is used for several procedures every day, including biopsies, drainages, radio frequency ablation procedures, and cryoablation procedures.
The Interventional Radiology department also has a dedicated 12-bed intake and recovery unit. This is one of the largest recovery rooms for a department of radiology in the country. Our recovery unit is fully staffed by our own dedicated ICU-trained, IR nurses who provide excellent patient care. As patients check in to our department, they are typically brought to the recovery room. It is there that they are seen by a member of our clinical team (including fellows, residents, attendings, nurse practitioners) in order to prepare a consultation, to have the consent form signed, and to answer all questions and concerns that they or their family may have. This is also where patients recover from their procedures until they are either discharged or admitted to the hospital.