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Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Expands Cardiac Imaging with Siemens Healthcare

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Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has expanded its cardiac MR imaging capabilities with the installation of a MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5T MRI system from Siemens Healthcare. Left to right: John Brady, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare; Dr John Holemans, Consultant Radiologist; Kieran Murphy, Superintendent Radiographer; Daniel Birchall, Senior Radiographer; Dr Sukumaran Binukrishnan, Consultant Radiologist (seated); Sophie Worrall, Senior Radiographer; Janette Rekatas, Radiology Manager; and Fiona Hopcroft, Senior Radiographer at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.MAGNETOM Aera installation supports specialist hospital’s demand for increased cardiac MR imaging

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has expanded its cardiac MR imaging capabilities with the installation of a MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5 Tesla MRI system from Siemens Healthcare. The system’s deployment follows the installation of a Siemens SOMATOM® Definition Flash CT system earlier in the year. The Aera has helped to reduce patient waiting times by providing increased capacity for cardiac imaging. It has also enhanced patient comfort resulting in reduced claustrophobia.

The MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T system features a 70cm Open Bore and short system for enhanced patient comfort, while its advanced post-processing abilities automate a number of processes to assist workflow and maintain excellent image quality. Furthermore, the system’s implementation of Tim 4G (Total imaging matrix) and Dot™ (Day optimising throughput) technology, together with 48 channels and lightweight coils, ensures flexible and comprehensive exam strategies.

“The MAGNETOM Aera and SOMATOM Definition Flash installations represent a new relationship with Siemens Healthcare for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. The feedback we have received from staff on the quality of images from both systems has been excellent,” states Janette Rekatas, Radiology Manager at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. “The Aera’s installation has enabled us to develop and expand our cardiac imaging capabilities at the hospital. Patient feedback has been very positive since the installation – the open bore and short system design has led to a significantly reduced rate of claustrophobia, increasing efficiency and patient throughput in the process.”

“The Definition Flash system has been praised by staff for its excellent image quality, fast scanning times and low dose,” Janette Rekatas adds.

“The Siemens MRI and CT installations have greatly assisted in extending the provision for cardiac imaging at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital,” states John Brady, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “It is fantastic to hear of the dramatic reduction in patient claustrophobia since the Aera’s deployment, thanks to its short footprint and wide Open Bore design, resulting in shorter patient examination times. This design asset combined with the integrated Tim and Dot technology enables the system to improve workflow within the department.”

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. For further information please visit: http://www.siemens.co.uk/healthcare.

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Laura Bennett
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W: http://www.siemens.co.uk/healthcare


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