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Spire Washington Realises MRI Flexibility with New Siemens Healthcare Installation MAGNETOM Avanto

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The installation of a MAGNETOM® Avanto 1.5T MRI system from Siemens Healthcare at Spire Washington Hospital in Washington, Tyne and Wear has been opened by players from Newcastle Falcons Rugby Football Club (RFC). (Left to right: Joe Graham, Newcastle Falcons RFC; Neil Lincoln, Regional Sales Manager, Siemens Healthcare; James Hall, Newcastle Falcons RFC.)MAGNETOM Avanto 1.5T installation delivering “exquisite” image quality for radiologists

Spire Washington Hospital in Washington, Tyne and Wear has installed a MAGNETOM® Avanto 1.5T MRI system from Siemens Healthcare, and was recently opened by players from Newcastle Falcons Rugby Football Club. The static system replaces use of a mobile solution shared between multiple sites, allowing the private healthcare provider to conduct rapid scans and provide its patients with access to MRI imaging on an ongoing basis.

This is helping to boost patient throughput and workflow efficiency. The installation also allows the hospital to offer dedicated vascular imaging, which it was not able to perform in the past, and has opened the possibility for further applications in the future, including cardiac scanning and advanced musculoskeletal imaging.

The Avanto from Siemens Healthcare enjoys one of the most comprehensive application ranges available, allowing radiologists to diagnose challenging conditions such as stroke, spinal abnormalities and heart disease with confidence. The system also has an accessible low-to-the-floor table position of just 47cm that can support patients of up to 250kg and enables feet first exams to be conducted for nearly all MR procedures. The Avanto’s AudioComfort functionality harnesses special magnet suspension, special casting for gradient coils and a unique MR sequence design to greatly reduce noise, further supporting patient comfort.

“The installation of the MAGNETOM Avanto 1.5T has already made a positive impact on staff and patients at Spire Washington,” explained Mark Pendleton, Imaging Services Manager at Spire Washington Hospital. “Radiologists have commented on the image quality from the new system and described it as ‘exquisite’, especially images from arthrograms. Patients have also given feedback on short scan times and the bright, less claustrophobic environment.”

The recently installed MAGNETOM® Avanto 1.5T MRI system from Siemens Healthcare replaces use of a mobile solution shared between multiple sites, and allows Spire Washington to conduct rapid scans and provide its patients with access to MRI imaging on an ongoing basis. (Left to right: Dr Ian Minty, Consultant Radiologist; Mark Pendleton, Imaging Services Manager; Mr Guy Wynn Jones, Consultant Neuro Surgeon; Dr Jonathan Spratt Consultant Radiologist at Spire Washington Hospital.)“I have previous experience with a MAGNETOM Avanto and it did not suffer any downtime during an entire five year period,” continued Mark Pendleton. “Such a track record is especially important as it gives us the reassurance of delivering reliable patient care with confidence. The Avanto is a dependable workhorse with excellent support from Siemens engineers.”

“As a replacement to a shared mobile solution, the installation of the MAGNETOM Avanto 1.5T MRI system at Spire Washington has meant it has quickly established itself as an effective means to deliver in a number of areas, from a boost in patient throughput to workflow efficiency,” commented Philip Tesh, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “It is also very positive to hear that staff and patients are benefiting from a static MRI scanner on site, in terms of comfort, image quality and flexibility.”

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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