Hybrid Operating Theatre vs. RAPTOR Theatre: Key Differences and Benefits Explained


by Christina Hooley

May 29, 2024

A hybrid operating theatre and a RAPTOR (Resuscitation, Angiography, Percutaneous Techniques, and Operative Repair) theatre are both advanced surgical environments designed to integrate multiple capabilities, but they have distinct purposes and features:

Hybrid Operating Theatre

  1. Purpose: A hybrid operating theatre is designed to combine traditional surgical procedures with advanced imaging capabilities. It is used for various surgical specialities, such as cardiovascular, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and more.
  2. Capabilities:
    • Advanced Imaging: Equipped with fixed imaging systems like CT, MRI, or fixed C-arms.
    • Versatility: Suitable for both open and minimally invasive surgeries across various medical disciplines.
    • Real-Time Imaging: Allows surgeons to perform complex procedures with real-time imaging guidance, enhancing precision and safety.
    • Flexibility: Can be adapted for different surgeries and interventions without moving the patient.
  3. Typical Use Cases: Complex cardiovascular surgeries, neuro interventions, endovascular procedures, and combined surgical and interventional radiology procedures.

RAPTOR Theatre

  1. Purpose: A RAPTOR theatre is designed for trauma surgery, enabling rapid resuscitation and intervention in critically injured patients. It integrates multiple resuscitative and surgical modalities to stabilize patients in life-threatening conditions.
  2. Capabilities:
    • Immediate Resuscitation: Facilities and equipment for rapid resuscitation, including advanced trauma life support.
    • Angiography: Integrated angiography suite for immediate imaging and intervention on blood vessels.
    • Percutaneous Techniques: Capabilities for minimally invasive procedures such as stenting, embolization, and other percutaneous interventions.
    • Operative Repair: Equipped for traditional open surgical procedures if needed.
    • Multi-Disciplinary: Designed to accommodate a multidisciplinary team approach involving trauma surgeons, interventional radiologists, and other specialists working simultaneously.
  3. Typical Use Cases: Severe trauma cases involving multiple injuries, such as gunshot wounds, major car accidents, or complex multi-system trauma requiring immediate and comprehensive intervention.

Key Differences

  • Scope of Use: Hybrid operating theatres are used for a broad range of surgical procedures across multiple specialities, while RAPTOR theatres are specialized for trauma care and immediate resuscitation.
  • Primary Focus: Hybrid ORs combine surgery with advanced imaging for enhanced precision in various procedures. RAPTOR theatres provide rapid, life-saving interventions for trauma patients.
  • Equipment: Both may have advanced imaging capabilities, but RAPTOR theatres are uniquely equipped for resuscitation and immediate trauma interventions alongside surgical procedures.

In summary, while both theatres integrate advanced imaging and surgical capabilities, hybrid operating theatres are versatile and used across many specialities. In contrast, RAPTOR theatres are specialized for urgent, multidisciplinary trauma care.

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