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Kent and Canterbury Hospital to install new interventional imaging system

Siemens Healthcare UK : 21 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Kent and Canterbury Hospital, part of the East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust, has ordered a ceiling mounted Artis zee system from Siemens specifically for use within an operating theatre.
The order is the first installation of the Artis zee system in the UK in such an environment.

Recent developments at Kent and Canterbury hospital include a new haemodialysis unit, a state-of-the-art day surgery centre and a new dedicated interventional radiology theatre suite, the first in the UK to be purpose-built for endovascular treatments. The hospital is the local centre for inpatient urology, vascular and renal services.

By being installed in the operating theatre, the Artis zee will bring vascular radiologists and surgeons together in the same room with the patient. This will assist in scenarios where the insertion of a Catheter is not enough for repair. The surgeon will be able to operate on the patient immediately, in sterile conditions and with the X-ray properties of the Artis zee still available. Siemens are working closely with Berchtold to ensure that the lighting provided is sufficient, meeting the surgical environment needs and not detracting from the flexibility of the Artis zee system.

The flexibility of the Artis zee’s C-arm and flat detector are key benefits of the system. The C-arm can be positioned on either side or at the head, allowing easy patient access and variable imaging. The flat detector can be set up in landscape or portrait positions and changed mid-patient, enabling different examinations to be carried out quickly and easily.

Bespoke imaging application, syngo DynaCT, will be installed with the system. During an examination, DynaCT delivers CT-like slice images of an organ in motion using the C-arm of the Artis zee. The physician simply moves the C-arm in a semicircle around the patient to acquire a defined number of projections. As with a CT scanner, these projections are then reconstructed into slice images and a 3D representation, which are sent to the monitor of the Artis zee.

“The installation of an Artis zee in an operating theatre offers advantages to surgeons and radiologists,” stated Jay Odedra, regional sales manager at Siemens. “The system will enhance the service at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, assisting clinicians in improving the treatment of patients.”
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