Dedicated Bi–Plane electrophysiology cardiac system for Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals NHS Trust

The acquisition of the Philips system enables the Trust to increase its capacity and stay in the forefront of EP technology enabling procedures to be carried out faster with better visualisation

November 27, 2012

London, UK - The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals NHS Trust has expanded its electrophysiology service following the installation of a Philips Allura Xper FD10/10 bi-plane system for its purpose-built Cath Lab at Harefield Hospital.   This state-of-the-art facility is a dedicated electrophysiology imaging suite and includes Philips’ exclusive EP Cockpit, 3D Atriography and EP Navigator and FlexVision monitor.


The Allura Xper FD10/10 bi-plane X-ray system offers full flexibility for electrophysiology (EP) interventions.   It switches quickly from AP to lateral view and features rotational scan, which produces 3D impressions of cardiac anatomy for additional insight during EP interventions.    The advanced system design ensures efficient procedures and optimum clinical comfort in the EP lab.


Chris Prytherch, Superintendent Radiographer says, “The acquisition of the Philips system has enabled Harefield to increase its capacity and stay in the forefront of EP technology.   We find we can carry out EP procedures faster and with better visualisation, and we are also able to reduce contrast dose using Philips XperSwing.”


Philips EP cockpit makes the EP lab less cluttered and more efficient by creating a more intuitive working environment and integrating data management across the EP care cycle.     All equipment can be organised on one movable ceiling mounted rack and images can be mixed and matched from Philips and third party equipment on any Philips’ exam or control room monitor for added ease during procedures.  Images can be stored on any screen as DICOM secondary capture image for later use.  In addition, special EP X-ray dose settings can reduce X-ray exposure to staff and patients by up to eighty percent.  


EP navigator is an advanced tool that visualises 3D cardiac anatomy and the position of catheters, in real-time, in one image, in the EP interventional lab.  It provides a 3D image of the heart based on either pre-interventional CT image or an up-to-date 3D rotation angiography taken during the EP procedure and the EndoView feature enables the physician to look inside the left atrium for enhanced catheter guidance.  


Philips’ FlexiVision XL is a large, full-colour LCD display screen for the interventional suite.  This medical grade, high definition display monitor, which provides minute details of complex cardiovascular anatomy, also facilitates viewing multiple images from difference sources, in a variety of layouts tailored for specific interventions.  

Further Information

For further information, please contact:

Barbara Neate

Philips Corporate Communications

Tel: + 44 (0) 1483 293 071



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