It’s been interesting through the detailed planning of a variety of hybrid rooms that the table has become somewhat of a compromise. Once the focus shifts from determining what imaging modality – fluoroscopy, CT, MR, etc. and determining level of surgical intervention for lights and booms, the table becomes the next level of focus. Sometimes the table decision can get dismissed as a “given” to come with the imaging system. The market is pushing manufacturers of imaging tables and surgical tables to respond to the hybrid environments. There is still work to do to make it functional, economical and space conscious.
Looking forward to seeing the industry's latest R&D at the RSNA in Chicago later this year to see new innovations for hybrid imaging/surgical environments.