Frimley, Surrey, UK - Patients needing a specialist scan at Frimley Park Hospital can now be seen more quickly and efficiently since the Trust invested in two Philips state-of-the-art scanners. One scanner was a replacement for a 4-slice system and the second one was purchased to expand the CT service at the hospital. The second scanner also comes equipped with full cardiac capability to enable Frimley Park to expand the examinations offered.
Philip Ramsey, Radiology Services Manager comments, “The investment we’ve made in these two scanners is revolutionising our CT scanning service. We are really pleased by the improvements we have been able to make by having the extra scanning capacity. When the old scanner was due for replacement, it was felt that having a second scanner would relieve bottlenecks and make us more resilient, especially in the face of an increasing demand for CT scanning in relation to emergency work.”
The Philips Brilliance CT 64-slice scanner is one of the most advanced CT systems available, expanding clinical boundaries in cardiac, pulmonary, trauma and paediatric imaging. It is built on Philips’ innovative Essence technology, a unique combination of X-ray tube, detector and reconstruction design elements that improve image quality in every CT exam. Key features include Smart Focal Spot X-ray tube technology that improves the sampling density for enhanced spatial resolution. Nano-panel design that enables fast and low-dose examinations, particularly important for coronary artery imaging, lung scanning and brain perfusion, and RapidView Reconstruction, providing high temporal resolution through adaptive, rate-responsive techniques to freeze patient motion.
Philip continues, “We wanted a workhorse for a busy hyper acute trauma department and selected Philips for a number of reasons. In addition to the excellent image quality we were attracted to iDose, which has already demonstrated substantial dose reduction, particularly for CT cardiac angio work and colonography. We also liked the CT portal that allows images to be viewed and manipulated, from a PC, a PACS workstation, or working at home.”
Philips’ iDose4 iterative reconstruction technique is the latest advance in Philips’ DoseWise radiation management. A breakthrough in CT imaging, it is designed to provide equivalent diagnostic image quality with the same look as full-dose images at a fraction of the dose. The result is highly efficient and easy-to-use CT scanning with dose reduction technologies in operation all along the imaging chain.
It uses advanced reconstruction algorithms to enable equivalent diagnostic image quality at a dramatically lower dose, overcoming the inherent challenges of low-dose scanning, such as noisy images and image artefacts. It works in concert with other DoseWise tools, including filters, detectors, collimators and Automatic Current Selection, which adapts tube current to patient size and dose modulation tools, such as Z-axis dose modulation and dynamic dose modulation to automatically adjust the dose delivered to the patient, compensing for individual physiology and optimised dose by anatomic region.
Brilliance Everywhere is Philips’ unique CT-portal that allows images to be viewed and reported remotely anywhere in the world. It gives the freedom and flexibility to have access to patient information from different areas within the hospital, as well as to remote sites. It provides live images and data sets with full clinical applications to a PC or laptop, wherever the user may be located. This means it is possible to run applications found on the CT workstation direct from the PC, including reformatting images or post-processing patient exams with the same tools and interfaces as the CT workstation itself.