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Homerton Hospital orders the UK's first Ysio wi-D DR system

Siemens Healthcare UK : 09 May, 2008  (Application Story)
The first UK order of the Siemens Ysio wi-D, a new direct Digital Radiography (DR) system, has been placed by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust based in the east London Borough of Hackney.
The system was selected to increase productivity and flexibility in the Imaging Department.

The Ysio wi-D is a digital general X-ray solution with a wireless detector. The system can be used in bucky, on the table and stand, or removed completely to be placed underneath or next to the patient. Lateral exposures of the hip and other areas which are usually awkward to X-ray, are no longer problematic. The extra flexibility enhances the care provided to patients with limited mobility, enabling images to be taken without moving them from wheelchairs or trolleys.

Routine X-ray procedures are streamlined due to over 500 pre-set anatomical auto-positioning programmes on the Ysio system. This speeds up examination times, increasing patient throughput. The system is fully automated, with movements of the tube and detector replicating each other to ensure the tube is centred during detector adjustments. Fixed obstacles located in the room, for example a washbasin, can be smoothly circumnavigated. Once an examination is complete, the ‘centring’ button can be pressed to return the tube swiftly to the centre ready for the next examination.

Fine adjustments are easily made by the Radiographer with the new servo-assisted technology, which makes tube movement effortless, thereby reducing physical strain of the staff.

‘”Having decided to upgrade the department with DR technology we considered products from a number of manufacturers. There were differences between levels of resolution, exposure to image times and other factors, but it was felt that core specifications were all acceptable. Our decision was therefore based on the more peripheral aspects of the equipment,” said Colin West, head of imaging services at Homerton Hospital. “The Siemens Ysio system offered a combination of advantages: a reduction in manual handling due to pre-determined automatic positioning; the flexibility of a WiFi detector; and a robust Reject Analysis programme. This made it the unit of choice for Homerton Hospital.”

The Ysio system swiftly delivers image previews 5 seconds after exposure. With over seven million pixels and a pixel size of 144 micrometres, the 35cm x 43cm wireless detector provides excellent image quality to assist with diagnosis.

“We are delighted to receive the first order of the new digital radiography system with wireless detector from Homerton Hospital,” said Jay Odedra, regional sales manager at Siemens. “The Ysio wi-D will make X-rays quicker and more convenient for the radiographer and the patient.”

The Ysio wi-D interactive user interface, known as ‘MaxTouch’, has a large colour touch screen which displays patient data, relevant values and enables easy access to key parameters during X-rays. Selection of examination order for user preference and change of detector workplace to suit patient conditions can all be done from MaxTouch.

The Ysio wi-D order was placed by Homerton Hospital via the NHS Supply Chain framework.
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