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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - Chris Evert Children's Hospital at Broward General Medical Center Uses RetCam to Improve Care in Pediatric Ophthalmology

Chris Evert Children's Hospital is first in Broward County to offer RetCam digital imaging for screening diagnosis and treatment for NICU patients

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - As the first facility in Broward County to obtain Clarity Medical Systems RetCam fundus wide-field imaging camera, Broward Health Chris Evert Children's Hospital at Broward General Medical Center is improving the screening, diagnosis and treatment of premature babies born at risk of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a disease that can result in scarring, retinal detachment and ultimately blindness.

“This technology allows us to deliver highly valuable care to babies who are born at or before 32 weeks of gestation or who weigh less than1500 grams and are at the highest risk for disorganized growth of retinal blood vessels, which is the cause of ROP” said Morris Guthrie, M.D., a pediatric ophthalmologist for Broward Health. “Although we are currently the only NICU in Broward County to use RetCam, this kind of digital imaging is the future standard of eye care for preemies. I am so pleased that we are able to get a head start on offering it to our tiniest patients.”

RetCam has also been shown to be an invaluable tool in resident training, parent education and documentation of ROP, as an experienced photographer can quickly and safely photograph a baby’s eyes and allowing doctors and parents to see the images and better understand the status of the child’s disease.

Since acquiring the machine last July, Dr. Guthrie and the other pediatric ophthalmologists at BGMC have completed more than 350 RetCam exams and four laser surgeries.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world-class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.BrowardHealth.org.