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Med school at U. gets fluoroscope

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University of Utah medical school doctors and researchers have a mobile, state-of-the-art fluoroscopy system. The machine, provided by GE OEC Medical Systems of Salt Lake City, will be used by different specialties, including radiology, surgery and cardiology.

With the donation, the U. becomes one of the few teaching facilities in the country with a high-quality pre-clinical imaging system. It will be the equal of or better than imaging found in many clinical settings.

A fluoroscopic system allows real-time X-ray viewing of anatomy. During cardiovascular procedures, for example, a physician can use it to look at the metal tubes, called stents, that are used to "stretch" vessels in the brain, heart and leg that may narrow over time.

Doctors also predict that new research with the system may lead to development of techniques to allow stents to remain open longer.

The machine is valued at $290,000. It maps procedures and collects and stores data that can be transferred to a scientist's personal computer.