Multi-purpose digital C-arm that delivers on angiography, fluoroscopy & radiography  

George Eliot Hospital has installed an Ultimax-i multi-purpose digital C-arm from Canon Medical Systems UK. The unit was selected for its small footprint to fit into a restricted space and also for the versatility of being able to undertake fluoroscopy, angiography and digital radiographs on a single system.

The Ultimax-i replaced an end of life system and fulfils the need to expand services at the hospital. It features a ceiling mounted over-couch tube (OTC) and C-arm with extensive angulation and movement range, to help increase patient comfort and improve workflow. The system also includes a wireless flat panel detector (43cm x 35cm) to provide a wide range of DR examinations and deliver excellent image quality.

“The Ultimax-i has been a welcome addition to our imaging department. It offers exceptional versatility for our services which means the room never stands idle. When the system is not in use for fluoroscopy or angio work it can be used for radiography, meaning greater workflow efficiencies across the department,” states Matthew Rayner, Lead Radiographer at George Eliot Hospital.

He continues, “It was the smallest footprint system we saw as part of our market evaluations and it also delivered many functionality benefits with high image quality and low dose. The service support from Canon Medical is one of the best we receive and was also a selection factor. If ever we have a system go down, Canon Medical immediately provides help over the phone or sends an engineer in quickly. This gives great confidence to keep our services running smoothly.”

Daniel Parr, XR Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “We are delighted that George Eliot Hospital refreshed its partnership with Canon Medical by renewing its fluoroscopy system to the multi-purpose Ultimax-i. Now, it can extend its imaging capacity to ensure the room and system are working hard at all times to deliver fluoroscopy, radiography and angiography procedures. This delivers maximum return on investment and versatility.”

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is located on the outskirts of Nuneaton serving a population of nearly 300,000 in north Warwickshire, south-west Leicestershire and north Coventry.

Photo caption: George Eliot Hospital has installed an Ultimax-i digital C-arm from Canon Medical Systems UK. Pictured left to right: Matthew Rayner, Lead Radiographer; Josh Saliba, Assistant Practitioner; Barnaby Harrison, Account Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK; Dan Parr, XR Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK; Dr. Sinha, Consultant Radiologist; Lisa Buckton, Senior ODP; Sradha Kundalia, Senior Radiographer.


UK sales momentum builds for new generation CT featuring Deep Learning Reconstruction

UK momentum of Canon Medical’s new generation Aquilion ONE PRISM CT system featuring Deep Learning Reconstruction technology via its Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) is building with further sales and installations announced. Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the latest organisation to update its imaging facilities selecting Canon Medical Systems as its new CT imaging partner.

The Aquilion ONE PRISM CT, launched in the UK this year, was selected by the Dorset County Hospital team for its high image quality and low dose. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hospital team in conjunction with Canon Medical and its turnkey builders worked seamlessly together to ensure installation of this vitally important equipment.

Simon Jones, Lead CT Radiographer at Dorset County Hospital states, “We entered a market evaluation process for a new CT scanner with open eyes and selected the Aquilion ONE PRISM for its amazing functionality, high quality images and low dose.”

“The cardiac CT functionality of the Aquilion ONE PRISM is very impressive and fully meets our needs. Other clinical applications on the scanner will also help us achieve positive workflow. SURESubtraction Angiography will save us time in post processing by automatically removing bone, calcium and stents. Ortho Area Finder makes complex orthopaedic work much easier,” he concludes.

The Aquilion ONE PRISM maximises the ability to consistently obtain high-quality images across different patients. It features a 16cm wide area detector and with just one rotation in a fraction of a second can acquire an entire heart. Its Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) sees through noise delivering sharp, clear and low dose images at speed.

“The Aquilion ONE PRISM is an AI-assisted CT system built using Deep Learning reconstruction algorithms trained to reduce noise and boost signal to deliver sharp, clear and distinct images at speed. When combined with our range of clinical software applications it provides a powerful imaging tool to meet future radiology demands,” states Mark Thomas, CT Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK. “We have been pleased by the UK market response to this evolution in our Aquilion CT range and welcome Dorset County Hospital as a new CT customer.”

Photo caption: Dorset County Hospital installs Aquilion ONE PRISM CT during COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured left to right: Joseph Rodriguez, CT Radiographer; Dr Ajay Varghese, Consultant Radiologist; Simon Jones, CT Lead Radiographer; Ophelia Walters, Senior CT Radiographer; Katie Bigwood, Radiology Department Assistant.