Cincinnati Children’s is proud to offer a new hybrid operating room (OR) that combines surgery and interventional radiology in one location. The hybrid OR is the first of its kind for a pediatric hospital, and allows our specialists to provide surgical care that is safer, faster and of the highest quality.

A collaborative approach

The hybrid OR offers state-of-the art imaging capabilities in a sterile operating room. It is an ideal environment for surgeons and interventional radiologists to combine their individual skills and expertise in order to benefit patient care.         

Immediate access to imaging technology

The room is equipped with all of the advanced radiology technology a surgeon may need. This includes X-ray, fluoroscopy (live X-ray), ultrasound and computed tomography (CT). Surgeons work side by side in the hybrid OR with interventional radiologists, who specialize in using these imaging technologies.

Imaging can be performed in the hybrid OR just before the surgery to help plan the procedure, during the surgery to identify important anatomy or disease, and after the surgery to evaluate results.  In some situations, the surgeon will pull up images taken prior to surgery and overlay them with images taken in the hybrid OR. This can provide important details and help improve safety and accuracy.

In addition, the technology can help surgeons see their surgical tools as they navigate them inside the patient’s body. This improves surgical accuracy and helps surgeons avoid critical structures.

Patient benefits

The hybrid OR opened in 2018 and serves all of the medical center’s pediatric subspecialties, such as general surgery, urology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and many more. Any surgery requiring radiologic imaging may take place in the hybrid OR. This includes open and minimally invasive surgeries, in which the surgeon operates through small incisions.

Patient benefits include:

  • Less time in surgery
  • Less anesthesia medication and less time under anesthesia
  • Enhanced patient safety
  • Improved surgical precision

More than 40 pediatric surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s have completed specialized training to use the hybrid OR. In the hybrid OR’s first 10 months of operation, surgical and interventional radiology teams performed more than 275 procedures.

A commitment to innovation

Cincinnati Children’s has a research laboratory equipped with imaging technology that is identical to the hybrid OR’s. There, surgical and interventional radiology teams can plan procedures and test the technology of the future.