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Wellington Hospital installs Siemens Somatom Definition unit

Siemens Healthcare UK : 14 April, 2008  (Application Story)
The Clinical Imaging and Research Centre based at The Wellington Hospital in North London has installed a Siemens Somatom Definition Dual Source CT, Symbia T6 SPECT-CT and ultrasound scanners.
With heart attacks responsible for the deaths of one in four men and one in six women, the Clinical Imaging and Research Centre and British Cardiac Research Trust (BCRT) has invested in the latest technology to assist its cardiologists with early detection of coronary disease and to support its pioneering patient research projects.

Siemens delivered a turnkey solution by accommodating the Somatom Definition CT scanner and Symbia T6 in adjacent rooms so that they can work simultaneously and patients can be transferred easily from one scanner to the other. By bringing together nuclear medicine and CT imaging, co-localised physiological images of the patient anatomy are generated, which improves the diagnostic quality of nuclear medicine procedures.

The Somatom Definition Dual-Source CT scanner features the industry’s highest true temporal resolution of 83ms, allowing the system to image the most clinically challenging cardiac patients without beta blockers and independent of the heart rate.

The Symbia TruePoint SPECT-CT system combines variable angle dual detector SPECT with 6-slice CT for rapid, accurate attenuation correction and precise localisation. The systems will expand the current CT and Nuclear Medicine service delivery including Dual Energy CT on the Somatom Definition and General Nuclear Medicine on the Symbia T6.

Professor Lahiri, consultant cardiologist at The Wellington Hospital commented: “We needed to marry the requirements of our research facility with the needs of our clinical practice. This meant we needed scanners that could maintain high volume throughput, while offering the highest precision imaging that can support in-depth research capabilities. Siemens was the obvious choice for us, due to its long standing commitment to developing the latest technology that promotes efficient examination and achieves superior image quality.”

The group is ready to begin sophisticated trials to aid in rapid and accurate diagnosis of heart disease in patients presenting to the NHS ‘Chest Pain Clinics’. This is part of a Randomised Trial for Objective Diagnosis of Chest pain using Alternative Technologies (Radical Trial). The system will pave the way for improved diagnosis and cost-effective treatment.

Vince Golledge, regional sales and corporate business manager at Siemens commented: “With coronary disease remaining the number one cause of mortality in Western societies, it is crucial that UK hospitals invest in research projects to improve early diagnosis and reduce the mortality rate associated with heart disease. We are delighted to have been chosen by the Clinical Imaging and Research Centre to support its research projects such as the Radical trial and to help improve the level of cardiac care in the UK.”
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