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CETIR selects Agfa’s Impax PACS solution to support radiological services

Agfa HealthCare Benelux : 10 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Agfa HealthCare has signed an agreement with the Spanish private radiology group CETIR Grup Medic (CGM), one of Spain’s leading private radiology providers based in Barcelona, to install its Impax PACS solution (Picture Archiving and Communications System).
The agreement is valid for five years and includes co-operation in the field of reference and testing.

The CETIR radiology group, specialised in Nuclear Medicine and Imaging Diagnosis, provides radiological services for small, medium and large private and public hospitals and clinics. The group is one of the two main private providers of radiological services in Catalonia, Spain. The group has been offering its services to the Catalan region since 1963. Always acquiring the latest technologies, the group has been a pioneer in the field of radiology. Today, it is widely recognised in Spain as a leader in clinical practice and medical research. This is primarily due to the quality of its imaging devices, its constant innovation, and the excellence of its staff.

The group consists of the headquarters in Esplugues de Llobregat, just outside Barcelona, and 20 satellite sites - probably more by the end of 2008 - mainly located in the Barcelona area. The group employs around 80 radiologists and nuclear medicine doctors and has a total staff of about 400 people. Around 300,000 exams are managed every year, with a potential growth to over 400,000 exams per year in years to come. One of the core businesses of the group is the offering of Teleradiology Services.

Agfa HealthCare is installing Impax, its PACS solution, at the CETIR headquarters and two satellite sites at this moment and the go live is planned for early March 2008. CETIR and Agfa HealthCare engineers will do the deployment of the 18 remaining satellite sites in the months to come.

Marçal Aguado, CETIR director of information systems, stated: 'Some of the reason why we have chosen to work with Agfa HealthCare are the trusted working relationships we have had with them in the past, the excellent technical competence of its employees and their reputed technology support. We know Agfa HealthCare is ideally suited for this specific integration in our healthcare enterprise.'

Enric Delgado, diagnostic imaging director of CETIR, added: 'Agfa HealthCare is one of the most important industry leaders in the PACS business and has become a technological and strategic partner for CETIR.'

Xavier Catasus, PACS/RIS business unit manager at Agfa HealthCare, said: 'CETIR is a unique reference site due to its use of state-of-the-art technology. It has customised its integration to optmise specific customer workflows and in that way it has been able to become one of the most important radiology providers in Spain. Agfa HealthCare has provided the latest technology in IT, which has enabled a highly efficient workflow that exactly fits CETIR's very particular needs. Working with the group allows us to contribute to the business development of an excellent and innovative organization. This is a challenge for us which gives us a lot of professional satisfaction.'
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