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Chelsea and Westminster selects Siemens first adaptive scanners

Siemens Healthcare UK : 26 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has ordered Siemens Somatom Definition AS and AS+ CT systems via the NHS Supply Chain Framework.
The Somatom Definition AS and AS+, the world’s first adaptive scanners, were launched at RSNA in late 2007 and introduced into the UK in February 2008. The NHS Supply Chain infrastructure is helping to speed up the process of medical equipment procurement by opening up dialogue between suppliers and Trusts and delivering greater value for money.

“By spending less time on the procurement process we can provide patients with more rapid access to modern medical equipment,” said Alan Kaye, radiology services manager at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. “We were pleasantly surprised at the speed of the process and the advice on offer we wouldn’t now return to the previous way of doing things.”

“Up to this point we’ve managed our waiting lists with just one CT scanner. This makes balancing routine lists and seeing urgent trauma patients a complex process,” continued Alan Kaye. “By selecting these two CT systems we can now expect improved image quality to assist our clinical needs and an increase in throughput to meet the business expectations of targets and NICE guidelines.”

The Somatom Definition AS and AS+ are the first CT scanners that adapt to virtually any patient and clinical need. The systems are suitable for routine diagnostic work and complex examinations including oncology, neurology and cardiology.

The Definition AS combines an Adaptive Dose Shield, which blocks unnecessary radiation thus ensuring the patient is only exposed to clinically relevant dose; a scan length of up to 200cm and a 78cm gantry opening all resulting in fast and problem-free head-to-foot scanning. The Definition AS+ takes functionality further, combining extremely fast coverage with up to 128 slices per rotation whilst maintaining delivery of crystal-clear images, free from movement artefacts and showing the finest anatomical details.

“We are delighted that the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has selected the two new CT scanners. These are new, highly innovative systems that meet the demands of both emergency and routine imaging,” said Gary Cook, London regional sales manager at Siemens. “The enormous flexibility of the Somatom Definition AS and AS+ models improves workflow and enables the integration of CT-imaging into the clinical care process in virtually all clinical and patient situations.”
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