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BMI installs the UK's first Somatom Definition AS+ CT scanner

Siemens Healthcare UK : 17 July, 2008  (Company News)
The UK’s first Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ CT scanner has installed at BMI’s London Independent Hospital .
The system is one of the world’s first adaptive scanners that not only provides high image quality but is suited to any patient, from paediatric to bariatric, or any clinical need. The AS+ makes complex examinations routine including scans in cardiology, neurology and oncology.

The Somatom Definition AS+ is an expert in cardiac imaging obtaining fast coverage with 128 slices per rotation. With a temporal resolution of 150ms, images are free from movement artefacts and show the finest anatomical details to assist with diagnosis and treatment planning.

ĎAdaptive 4D Spiral’ capabilities of the Definition AS+ open up new dimensions in other organ imaging providing functional information. This gives whole organ coverage in 4D for stroke or tumour perfusion giving clinicians the complete picture instead of preselecting a narrow section to evaluate for perfusion defects.

The system minimises radiation due to an innovative and unique ĎAdaptive Dose Shield’ that eliminates over-radiation on either side of the scan range. Conventional systems deliver pre and post spiral dose either end of the selected organ scan. The Siemens’ Straton tube technology with adaptive dose shield blocks the unnecessary dose ensuring that patients are only exposed to what they clinically require. This is particularly beneficial for scanning small organs such as the heart.

The Definition AS+ is compact in design, with a footprint of just 18m2. Yet, its large 78cm bore, patient table capacity of up to 230kg (36 stone) and fast acquisition speed make the scanner highly useful for traditionally difficult patients such as the obese, children or those suffering from claustrophobia. No patient is excluded due to its adaptive design. The wide bore also gives greater capacity to accommodate IV and monitoring devices that may accompany critical patients.

“Currently 64-slice CT scanners are the gold standard, so a 128-slice adaptive scanner could be considered platinum,” said Dr Charles Blakeney, Consultant Radiologist at BMI London Independent Hospital. “With the Somatom Definition AS+ CT, we are able to offer the people of East London access to one of the most advanced CT scanners in the country. Patients can be assured that we are employing some of the latest, fastest and safest CT technology to quickly determine their best course of personalised treatment and care.”

“We are delighted that the UK’s first Somatom Definition AS+ CT scanner is in place,” said Russell Lodge, CT product manager at Siemens Healthcare. “It is an adaptable solution for any patient or clinical need. It can transform itself into a stroke unit, a non-invasive cath lab, therapy management tool for cancer patients or an interventional suite, all according to the need of the individual patient. This makes it the ideal imaging solution to determine and deliver rapid diagnosis to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare.”
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