Benefit for clinicians
For too long MRI machines have required multiple clinicians and healthcare workers to set up the system for each patient. In designing the Ingenia Ambition X, Philips applied the latest technologies and insights from clinicians to develop a machine operable by just one MRI radiographer, with a second MRI radiographer present for safety reasons. The software used guides an MRI radiographer through an intuitive programme, in turn improving workflow and freeing up wider clinician resources.
For MRI radiographer teams this is revolutionary. Not only does each machine save money for the hospital and reduce finite gas use, it frees up vitally important clinician capacity. Together with Philips Compressed SENSE technology, the Ingenia Ambition X can speed up exam times by up to 50%, meaning patients spend less time being scanned with no compromise on image qualityviii.
According to Consultant Radiologist Dr Ravi Ayer, “Philips lead the way when it comes to better imaging and better patient care. A people-centric approach which takes into consideration all elements of the ambient experience and environmental wellness of the patient also creates a more productive and efficient process, by reducing patient stress levels and increasing more first-time right imaging.”
Studies have shown that Philips Compressed SENSE technology allows hospitals to scan more than five extra patients per day within the same scanning hours enabling clinicians to reduce patient backlogix. Dr Ayer continued to say, “Other specialties put on clinics for their backlogs, they’ll put in evening and weekday clinics, meaning many patients come into have scans. Often the scans are to diagnose cancer so have to be done within two weeks.” However, it is a different story at Poole. “We are able to prioritise scanning some of the most unwell and challenging inpatients on the Ambition thus enabling us to deal with the increased amount of imaging arising from these additional clinics.” Despite the postponement of MRI scans during the height of COVID-19, Poole Hospital has since reduced backlogs and waiting times in 2021. The hospital is now averaging an extra 30 patients scanned per month this year, compared to 2020.
MRI Deputy Superintendent Radiographer, Aleksandra Kudyk also discussed the value the Ingenia Ambition X brings with treating older age patients. “Every year we see an increase of patients with pacemakers and implants. With ScanWise Implant we can easily adopt all those conditions and meet criteria. We scan the majority of pacemaker patients on Ambition because it is so simple. I have confidence my patient is safe and we know the implant will still work after the scan.”
For clinicians it is also essential to provide comfort to patients. MRI Deputy Superintendent Radiographer, Aleksandra Kudyk speaks passionately about this. “Every day we have patients who are very thankful for the experience. For us as radiographers it is a game changer, it is a completely different way of working. We can clean everything in between patients and we can keep the environment safe”.
Charlie McCaffrey, Philips UKI Health Systems Lead:
“The MRI was invented in the UK, so it is fitting that the UK has introduced another imaging first at Poole Hospital.
“Philips has long been committed to making the world both healthier and more sustainable through meaningful innovation, and these values come together in the Ingenia Ambition X. Helium is a finite resource, with a large proportion being used in MR imaging scanners across the world. I am proud that we can offer this breakthrough technology that not only supports more patients in getting the care they need but also does so in such a way that enables greater respect for the limited resources on Earth.
“We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the team at Poole and bringing a new era of MR to the Trust.”
Delivering value for the NHS
MRI machines are just one component of a vast array of medical technologies that play a role in delivering high quality diagnostics and care to patients in England. Philips sits at the centre of ensuring innovations in this area continue. Providing a more comfortable and efficient experience for patients goes hand in hand with delivering services sustainably. The Ingenia Ambition X is a breakthrough innovation in this regard. Combining a new patient journey with innovative technology that eliminates critical but finite resources, means NHS trusts can deliver better care and save money.
iv Based on the average MRI scan costing £130 - https://femanin.com/2020/01/15/how-much-have-i-cost-the-nhs/#:~:text=MRI%20Scan%20%E2%80%93%20%C2%A3130&text=MRI's%20scan%20pretty%20much%20any,blood%20vessels%20and%20internal%20organs.
vi The Ingenia Ambition 1.5T contains less than 0.5% of the helium of a conventional system and this is permanently sealed inside the device – record on file with Philips Healthcare
viii Using Compressed SENSE technology and compared to Philips exams without Compressed SENSE – record on file with Philips Healthcare