As a first of its kind for a pediatric hospital, Cincinnati Children’s is proud to offer a new hybrid operating room to provide safer, faster and better quality care for our patients. 

Medical teams using our new Phillips Azurion hybrid operating room (OR) will no longer need to transport a patient while under anesthesia to radiology. This will improve patient flow, decrease anesthesia time and increase patient safety.

The hybrid OR combines interventional radiology and surgery so that our care teams can perform minimally invasive procedures all from one location and with real-time navigation. Together, the surgical and interventional radiology teams will use x-ray, fluoroscopy (live x-ray), ultrasound or CT to guide needles or surgical instruments during an operation.

“Radiology is important in understanding what you are operating on,” said Daniel von Allmen, MD, surgeon-in-chief. “With advanced technology embedded in the room, patients will not only stay in the same room but be positioned and stay in that position for the entire procedure.”

Phillips, a global leader in health technology and a long-standing partner, has teamed with us to explore the possibilities for new surgical navigation technology for spine, lung and other surgeries. But people working together with the sophisticated technology is what makes the hybrid OR most unique.

“Here, not only does collaboration happen, it’s embraced and that creates opportunity,” says von Allmen.

A research laboratory with identical equipment as the operating room allows the teams to plan and translate new procedures directly to the operating room and test technology of the future.

Cincinnati Children’s is the first in the world to perform clinical research on augmented reality technology. Providers can see inside and outside views of the patient by using superimposed, 3D imaging. Ultimately, the interventional radiology systems will integrate surgical navigation in the OR once this technology is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.