Freeman Hospital to Take Imaging to The Next Level with Dual Source CT


Freeman Hospital, part of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has ordered a SOMATOM® Definition Flash CT system from Siemens Healthcare. (Left to Right): Russell Lodge, CT Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare; Neil Lincoln, Northern Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare; Peter Harrison, Managing Director UK at Siemens Healthcare; Dr Michelle Muller, Consultant Radiologist at Freeman Hospital; Graeme Hughes, Radiology Manager at Freeman Hospital.Hospital orders SOMATOM Definition Flash from Siemens Healthcare with new Stellar Detector technology for enhanced image quality, rapid imaging and low dose benefits

Freeman Hospital, part of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has ordered a SOMATOM® Definition Flash CT system from Siemens Healthcare. The state-of-the-art system, due to be installed later this year, replaces a previous-generation Siemens four-slice CT system. Selected for its image quality, rapid scan times and low dose capabilities, it will be used for a range of procedures including cardiac CT, paediatric scanning, coronary angiography and general imaging.

The Definition Flash is a Dual Source CT system with Spiral Dual Energy where two X-ray sources run simultaneously at different energies, acquiring two data sets showing different attenuation levels for easy classification of the scanned tissue. Diagnostic confidence is enhanced, assisting the clinician to make sustainable and sound treatment decisions in daily practice. The hospital will also be using the Dual Source system for advanced oncology research such as quantifying tumour perfusion and its response to chemotherapy.

Freeman Hospital will be one of the first to benefit from the new Stellar Detectors from Siemens, designed to dramatically reduce electronic noise, cross-talk and increase the signal-to-noise ratio. This ensures slice blurring between neighbouring detector rows can be avoided and results in a much more precise imaging process.

The system also has two adaptive dose shields to ensure that patients only receive the minimum, clinically relevant dose and can reduce dose values down to one millisievert or less. The heart can be examined at a radiation exposure level that is three times lower than the background radiation a person naturally absorbs in a year.

“With an international reputation for pioneering treatment in many areas including transplant surgery, it was important for us to select a CT system that would future-proof our imaging services ” said Graeme Hughes, Senior Superintendent Radiographer / Manager at Freeman Hospital. “We decided to go for the gold standard in Dual Energy imaging, which can provide us with pre- and post-contrast images in a single scan. The added benefits of low dose and rapid scan times, particularly in paediatric CT, will also alleviate our anaesthetic specialists’ workload.”

“We look forward to helping Freeman Hospital benefit from state-of-the-art imaging, it will be one of the first to receive the new Stellar Detector,” said Neil Lincoln, Northern Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “In addition to an existing CT system from Siemens Healthcare, the Definition Flash will help support the busy clinical environment at the hospital, plus provide the speed and excellent image quality needed for an accurate and confident diagnosis.”

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