First conversion to new Philips Achieva MRI in UK

February 29, 2012

London, UK - The City of London Medical Centre, a satellite diagnostic and treatment centre of London Bridge Hospital, is the first Centre in the UK to select the new Philips MR conversion programme.  The centre had an Intera system installed, which has now been completely replaced with the Achieva system BUT using the actual magnet from their Philips Intera. This conversion programme saves on building work costs, disruption and downtime.  The conversion brings the customer the Achieva’s platform as well as the revolutionary PowerSave capability which can save up to fifty percent on operational energy consumption.  In addition, the centre can enjoy the satisfaction of choosing a sustainable, environment-friendly solution with a low energy footprint.

The conversion to the Philips Achieva 1.5T includes new Pulsar gradients, SmartExam Brain, Cardiac Specialist and a selection of new Sense coils. Tracey Sheard, Superintendent Radiographer at City of London Medical Centre said, “We are very happy with the new system and are pleased that this machine is a UK first for Philips.  Philips overcame a number of unforeseen obstacles during the project but still delivered on time and with great results.”

The conversion itself took only eight working days to complete, compared to the estimated six week time scale for a new installation, with the major advantage that the need for extensive building works was eliminated.  The Conversion will extend the life of the scanner by an additional ten years, enabling the centre to expand its MRI capabilities, increase patient throughput and enjoy state-of-the art imaging. 

At the heart of the converted system is the Freewave Platform: this is Philips’ fully digital broadband data acquisition system with scaleable multi-channel architecture.   SENSE: described as the gold standard in parallel imaging, it can be combined with virtually every scan method for clinical benefits such as reduced scan times, higher temporal resolution and enhanced spatial resolution.  SmartExam and ExamCards that enable automatic planning, scanning and processing, which for most anatomies provides enhanced image quality, reproducibility and consistency in every examination for enhanced diagnostic confidence.  

Tracey continues, “The system is a general purpose scanner which produces high quality images and additional, more complex latest scanning techniques, which means we can offer shorter examination times and improve the patient MRI experience.”

Note to Editors
London Bridge Hospital is part of HCA International Limited, which owns the Capital’s six leading private hospitals, all based in central London and each with an international reputation for the highest standards of acute and tertiary care.  They are: The Wellington – the largest private hospital in Europe, London Bridge Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, The Lister Hospital and The Princess Grace Hospital.

HCA also has ten outpatient and diagnostic centres in and around London, a blood and bone cancer treatment unit as a joint venture with the NHS at University College Hospital - together with a young person’s cancer unit; The London Gamma Knife Centre, another joint venture with the NHS at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Harley Street at Queen’s, a private patient cancer centre at the NHS Queen’s Hospital in Romford.  In addition, HCA is developing, in partnership with the internationally renowned Christie cancer hospital in Manchester, a new state of the art private patient unit – The Christie Clinic – for cancer patients from across the North of England.

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Please contact:

Barbara Neate
Philips Electronics, Corporate Communications UK
Tel: +44 1483 293 071


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