Six Spire Healthcare Hospitals Broaden CT Services to Include Cardiac Scans

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Spire Healthcare has deployed a mobile SOMATOM® Definition AS CT system from Siemens Healthcare, adding CT imaging capabilities to six Spire hospitals located across the north-west and north-east of England and north Wales. (Left to right: Vince Golledge, Regional Sales and Corporate Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare; Chris Chadwick, Hospital Director at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital; Susan Woodhouse, Imaging Manager at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital; and Dianne Hopkins, Head of Mobile Imaging at Spire Healthcare.)   Mobile SOMATOM Definition AS combined with syngo.via ‘thin client’ server from Siemens Healthcare enabling six private hospitals to offer cardiac CT imaging and reporting to patients for the first time

Private healthcare provider Spire Healthcare has deployed a mobile SOMATOM® Definition AS CT system from Siemens Healthcare, adding specialist CT imaging capabilities to six Spire hospitals located across the north-west and north-east of England and north Wales. The system offers high resolution imaging with reduced dose for clinical efficiency and enhanced patient care, allowing those Spire hospitals to offer cardiology CT scans at new locations.

The system is further supported with the syngo®.via advanced visualisation application from Siemens Healthcare, which has enabled the hospitals to avoid investing in workstations at individual sites. It is being used as a ‘thin client’ centralised server shared between the six hospitals, streamlining the process of sharing information between the mobile unit and the sites. The use of syngo.via has enabled radiologists to access images for evaluation from other locations, which has encouraged quick and accurate diagnoses and decision making.

The six sites benefitting from the new mobile SOMATOM Definition AS CT scanner are Spire Fylde Coast Hospital in Blackpool; Spire Liverpool Hospital; Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham; Spire Elland Hospital in Halifax; Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral; and Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital. The mobile SOMATOM Definition AS enables the hospitals to offer patients a broad range of CT imaging capabilities in-situ, including 3D orthopaedic imaging, CT colonography and routine oncology, neurology and cardiac imaging. The system allows for high-speed whole body coverage at a high spatial resolution, while its wide aperture and load capacity minimises patient exclusion. Additionally, the use of FAST CARE technology in the Definition AS rationalises workflow and ensures patients receive the lowest dose possible.

“The SOMATOM Definition AS from Siemens Healthcare represents reliable CT imaging, helping improve clinical efficiency and patient care through reduced dose and outstanding image quality,” said Dianne Hopkins, Head of Mobile Imaging at Spire Healthcare. “Since its recent launch by Spire, feedback has been very positive; patients have commented on the unit’s enhanced clinical environment which makes for a very comfortable imaging experience.”

“The mobile SOMATOM Definition AS together with syngo.via has enabled Spire Healthcare to expand its CT services in the north west and east of England, plus north Wales,” said Vince Golledge, Regional Sales & Corporate Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The system’s deployment has already received positive patient feedback and broadens the services available in new geographic regions.”

About Siemens Healthcare

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimising clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.

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