Bi-plane Angiography system arrives

The Valley’s only Bi-plane Angiography system is helping patients at Community avoid invasive procedures while experiencing less radiation exposure.

The Philips Allura Xper FD 20/10 is used to visualize blood vessels while providing detailed images from two different angles at the same time. Community first used this new technology for patient treatment on March 15.

The system reduces diagnostic and procedure time while helping patients avoid more invasive procedures for aneurysms, clotted arteries, stroke and spinal disease, as well as playing a vital role prior to performing complicated brain surgery.  

It has 3-D capabilities such as road mapping and basic 3-D imaging, while providing the doctor a clear image on a three dimensional plane.

“Flat detector technology has been around for the last 10 years and it uses much less radiation, gives you a much prettier picture and it has a lot more capability as far as the 3-D type of application,” said Dianna Richardson, clinical education specialist with Philips Medical. “So with the frontal plane, the larger of the two spans, you can get quite a lot of anatomy.”  

“It’s really the latest and greatest,” Richardson added.

Community Regional is the largest outpatient imaging center in downtown Fresno – offering MRI, CT, nuclear medicine and ultrasound in a 50,000-square-foot center on the Community Regional Medical Center campus.

This story was reported by Rebecca Wass. She can be reached at