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Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust installs new angiocardiography system

Siemens Healthcare UK : 27 May, 2008  (Application Story)
A Siemens biplane flat detector angiocardiography system has been installed in the Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust, Alder Hey.
The Artis zee will carry out general interventional radiology, cardiac and neurological investigations and therapy, supporting the work at one of the largest and busiest children’s hospitals in Europe.

The Artis zee is flexible in design, ideal for cardiac diagnostics and interventional procedures. Its versatile functionality means that vital neurological work can now be carried out at the hospital. Before the installation, patients had to be transferred to The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool.

The adaptable system permits examinations at any gantry position whilst ensuring that images are always angled for the best possible visibility. Floor mounted and ceiling mounted C-arms give the radiographer the optimum level of freedom in which to work, including a second isocentric working position that permits free head access to the patient or anaesthesia equipment. The large flat detector provides high contrast resolution to improve accuracy in image-guided procedures at a significantly reduced radiation dose.

The system installed at Alder Hey Hospital has been equipped with syngo DynaCT, an application that will be used at Alder Hey for neurological interventions. This will provide CT-like imaging of the head, neck and spine through the Artis system in order to enhance diagnosis and treatment.

“We selected the Artis zee because it allowed us the flexibility to carry out general interventional work, cardiology and neurology, in the tiniest babies to young adults,” said Dr Andrew Healey, consultant paediatric interventional radiologist at Alder Hey Hospital. “The adaptable nature of the Artis zee means that we can now offer neurological interventions at Alder Hey and provide continuity of care to our young patients.”

“Alder Hey is a busy hospital that is recognised for high quality paediatric treatment and care,” stated Clive West, regional sales manager at Siemens. “We are pleased to provide the hospital with a system that ensures maximum visibility during image-guided interventional procedures to deliver the highest standard of care.”
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