Multiple departments benefit from two CT installations at Victoria Hospital

Multiple departments benefit from two CT installations at Victoria Hospital
  • Scottish Hospital shortens patient imaging and reporting times with two Siemens Definition AS+ systems.

Victoria Hospital, part of NHS Fife, has installed two SOMATOM® Definition AS+ CT systems with syngo®.via, the multi-modality visualisation solution, from Siemens Healthcare. The first system is being used for imaging inpatients and supports the Accident & Emergency, Acute Medicine and Acute Surgery departments 24 hours per day. The other replaces an older Siemens system and is primarily used for outpatient imaging such as general outpatient work, cardiac and CT colonography procedures. The SOMATOM Definition AS+ provides excellent image quality plus obtains rapid coverage with 128 slices per rotation.

Combined with a temporal resolution of 150ms, images are free from movement artefacts and provide a high level of anatomical detail for enhanced diagnosis. The system features ‘Adaptive 4D Spiral’ capabilities, allowing clinicians to view whole organ coverage in 4D. Rapid examination times conducted at the lowest possible dose also help when imaging children, bariatric or claustrophobic patients. The CT systems are linked to syngo.via, the multi-modality advanced visualisation solution from Siemens Healthcare. It automatically prepares cases for reading according to condition-specific requirements and features full workstation capabilities. The solution is creating efficiencies within hospital departments as it can be accessed from any computer, allowing images to be shared anywhere on site or even to the neighbouring NHS Fife hospital.

The Radiology Department is currently exploring the solution’s full functionality and plans to expand this to its MR systems in the future so as to be able to visualise cardiac CT and MR simultaneously. “We chose the two CT systems as they offered the perfect balance of radiographic ease of use and excellent image quality,” said Dr Mark Jones, Clinical Director of the Ambulatory Care Division at Victoria Hospital.

“The two SOMATOM Definition AS+ CT systems have enabled us to streamline our workflows, allowing us to shorten inpatient imaging times – all are now imaged and reported in the same day. In addition the syngo.via thin client gives our consultants the ability to report complex examinations without needing to be in the CT department, or even the same hospital.” “We are glad to hear the Definition AS+ is supporting a number of departments throughout the hospital and assisting with the diagnosis of an increasing number of patients,” said Jim Donald, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The system provides detailed images at an anatomical level, which can be processed, read and shared rapidly with the advanced imaging software syngo.via.”

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