It's been in Corpus Christi for less than a month and doctors are already calling it a medical innovation for vascular patients.

This week the Corpus Christi Medical Center unveiled their state-of-the-art hybrid catheterization lab at Doctor's Regional Hospital.

It's equipped with a large flat-panel detector that provides high-quality images for simple and complex procedures.

"It has all the latest technology that you need," Dr. Thomas Alexander said. "Images with less amount of radiation."

The lab allows doctors to do procedures like endovascular repair for many people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm; transcatheter aortic valve replacement to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly; and peripheral vascular procedures, a technique used to remove the plaque buildup inside of a blocked artery.

"Trying to miniaturize surgery," Alexander said. "We do a lot of trans-cathater or trans-vascular valves. We put valves in patients' hearts through small incisions in legs."

It's a revolutionary alternative to conventional cath labs.

"But if you have valves that have blockage, 5-10 years ago you'd have to have your chest cut open and a valve put in," Alexander said.

The technology safely improves the work environment and allows a faster recovery for patients.

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