Interventional Workflow at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Streamlined by Artis zee


Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Lancashire, part of the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, has installed an Artis zee™ floor mounted system from Siemens Healthcare for use in interventional cardiology. (Left to right) Nichola Yates, Cardiac Product Specialist - AX at Siemens Healthcare; Dr Sanjay Arya, Consultant Cardiologist; Ken Prow, Superintendent Radiographer; Dr Telal Mudawi, Consultant Cardiologist; Dr Ade Molajo, Consultant Cardiologist and Dr Nayyar Naqui, Consultant Cardiologist.Siemens Healthcare system enables greater precision

Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Lancashire, part of the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, has installed an Artis zee™ floor mounted system with a 20 x 20 detector for use in interventional cardiology. Building upon experience gained with the existing Artis dFC, staff expect this latest addition to deliver workflow efficiencies within the newly opened interventional laboratory.

The Artis zee offers fast image acquisition and post-processing with high system reliability and its compact design also allows flexible positioning for easy patient access. The ergonomically designed tableside controls streamline workflow and enable the clinical team to function more efficiently. It also provides excellent image quality at the lowest achievable doses with the latest CARE (Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure) and CLEAR post-processing algorithms enabling further dose reduction without compromising image quality.

The system also comes with the new Megalix CAT Plus tube featuring unique flat emitter technology that allows fluoroscopy of up to 250 mA, making it ideal for cardiac interventional examinations. IC stent is also delivered with the Artis zee to enable significantly enhanced visualisation of the structure of deployed stents during coronary interventions. With enhanced imaging results and improved workflow efficiencies, the department anticipates it will see an increase in patient throughput.

“The Artis zee sits well within the new interventional lab as it is easy-to-use and helps our staff to build on existing skills. The new interventional lab is a great asset and complements the existing invasive and interventional work already taking place in the existing Siemens Artis dFC lab, which has been operational for over six years. Quicker examinations and better image quality have helped to streamline workflow within the department,” said Ken Prow, Superintendent Radiographer at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary. “We are still in the early stages following installation, but we anticipate that the system will deliver more accurate images to enhance the standard of care delivered to patients in the region.”

“Using the latest Artis zee system, staff at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary are able to realise even greater workflow efficiencies and increased confidence during interventional procedures,” said Jane Whittaker, Angiography Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare.

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