The Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute's Interventional Cath Core fosters the development of interventional devices, therapies, and techniques by providing a translational laboratory setting where basic research findings can be developed into clinically relevant treatments for cardiovascular diseases. The Non-GLP core is set up to accommodate a wide variety of interventional cardiac procedures using large animal models. Minimally invasive chronic procedures are permitted in this space. Non-cardiac studies can also benefit from the use of fluoroscopic guidance allowing real time x-ray confirmation during procedures. Orthopedic groups have found it useful for guiding injections into joints. The aide of a contrast agent makes it possible for surgeons to look for leaks following procedures in the GI tract.
The core is equipped with an OEC 9800 mobile C-arm with cardiac package and digitally archived images.
Support equipment include an anesthesia machine, ventilator, basic monitoring equipment (ECG, pressure, pulse Ox), cautery, IV pump and power injector.