Canon Medical Arena - Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Open autumn 2023

The construction of a unique multi-purpose sports facility with an integrated Medical Diagnostic Centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, has been officially named Canon Medical Arena.

Canon Medical Arena, formerly known as the ‘Park Community Arena’, will create new jobs, relieve diagnostic imaging back-logs on local hospitals, provide closer-to-home health appointments for patients plus expand community access to affordable sports and entertainment.

It will join a growing portfolio of health, well-being, sport, education and research institutions at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park with the collective aim of improving physical and mental health, plus power research and innovation to deliver positive change for the UK population.

The almost 5000 m2 Canon Medical Arena will include a state-of-the art Medical Diagnostic Centre, operated by The LivingCare Group, featuring advanced Artificial Intelligence (Altivity) assisted CT and MRI scanners, ultrasound, digital X-ray, fluoroscopy, plus consulting rooms, and a minor surgery operating theatre. It will also provide a sporting arena with multi-sports courts, a seated capacity for 2500 spectators, a fitness studio, meeting or education function rooms and a café. The Canon Medical Arena will be the home of the Sheffield Sharks and Sheffield Hatters professional basketball teams.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK, states, “Canon Medical Arena is an exciting and unique investment in South Yorkshire to bring new positivity for residents, sporting organisations and businesses by fostering a fresh sense of community engagement. It will provide all the facilities to improve physical exercise, enhance social or business networking and diagnose health concerns earlier, thus boosting community well-being into the future.”

Canon Medical Automation Platform integrates stroke application

Powering clinical productivity with informed decision making

Improving productivity, saving time and reducing the burden on clinicians are some of the benefits of AI-assisted automated workflow in diagnostic imaging.

Canon Medical’s Automation Platform utilises deep learning technology to provide valuable clinical applications in a zero-click workflow. From scanner to clinical decision, you will be supported by leading-edge deep learning technologies that process and deliver images for accurate triage, worklist prioritization and treatment decisions. This streamlines workflows by automating post processing of images directly from the scanner and then automatically exporting the results in a format ready for interpretation by the care team.

To aid clinicians in making quick, easy and informed treatment decisions, the automated post-processing findings are consolidated into Insights Results which are immediately sent out to the relevant care team, to help clinicians make the right choice at the right time for their patients. The Insights Results including images are simultaneously routed for clinical diagnostic review within PACS while Insights Results containing the same content is sent as a notification to the care team alerting them that a case is pending review.

Aurora Jenkins, HCIT Modality Manager at Canon Medical UK states, “There’s no doubt, AI has the potential to support clinical teams through improved clinical workflows and increased productivity. For example, the Automation Platform analyses CT brain images automatically as soon as a scan is completed. It detects multiple variations of intracranial hemorrhage when time is of the essence and delivers scoring of early ischemic stroke signs, which are routinely challenging to detect. This is a powerful tool which can improve patient outcomes.”

In addition, the Automation Platform includes two chest pain applications: the Pulmonary Embolism (CINA® PE) and Aortic Dissection (CINA® AD). These applications aid triage of life-threatening acute chest pain. Pulmonary Embolism flags and treats patients quickly with positive findings with improved efficiency from CTPA studies. Aortic Dissection is a triage application to accurately detect aortic dissection (type A and type B) on the chest or thoracoabdominal CTA. With both applications, Canon Medical supports the detection of major acute chest diseases as a comprehensive solution for Emergency Departments.

“The deep-learning based Automation Platform complements our Advanced Visualisation solution portfolio” adds Aurora Jenkins. “Together, they form a comprehensive suite of tools to support healthcare providers in their diagnostic and decision-making processes.”

Canon Medical’s Vitrea Advanced Visualisation solutions process multi-modality, multi-vendor DICOM images and provide specialist reporting across the clinical areas of oncology, cardiac, neuro, MSK and women’s health. It provides 2D, 3D and 4D advanced visualisation from a popular and proven easy-to-use user interface.

Canon Medical Pulmonary Embolism

Photo caption: Pulmonary Embolism (CINA® PE)

Canon Medical Aortic Dissection

Photo caption:  Aortic Dissection (CINA® AD)


Ian Watson, Director of Commercial Solutions at Canon Medical Systems UK explains how overcoming challenges in UK radiology needs meaningful innovation in technology, staffing models and facilities to transform productivity and accelerate prevention.

 The earlier disease is identified, the better the outcome for a patient. So, in a climate of waiting lists, it is even more vital that the first time a patent has a diagnostic imaging scan, it must produce an accurate, clear image with no more delays or repeats. It is this necessity that has led the expansion of frontline imaging with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Now installed around the UK, dozens of AI-assisted CT and MRI systems are powering productivity to provide clear and distinct images at speed, to assist with quicker clinical diagnosis. Earlier diagnosis is not only better for patient recovery, but also better for the overall health economy.

Take cancer diagnosis for example. By identifying small lesions, polyps or nodules early, resulting interventions are needed at a much lower unit cost. This can include keyhole or minimally invasive procedures that avoid more costly open surgery, anaesthesia, longer hospital stays and ongoing medication.

Disease prevention is the cure

The introduction of Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) can be applauded for the success of increasing the number of diagnostic imaging tests and scans accessible to patients. However, the strategic aim of CDCs for preventative health closer to the community still has some way to go.

The holy grail would be to further the advancement of predictive health with early detection of disease and data-led health screening initiatives, saving greatly on the economic burden over the long term. For example, when wellness can be prescribed through lifestyle changes such as sport or diet, these changes can save time and money, rather than waiting for the grip of disease.

This is in progress. A unique, carbon-neutral built community arena (Canon Medical Arena) with multi-purpose sports and medical diagnostic centre in Sheffield is due to open this autumn bringing greater imaging capacity to the community and wellbeing focused, preventative medicine.

Co-providing service delivery with the NHS

The evolution of modern healthcare also goes further than just increasing capacity and volume of imaging systems. It also requires strategic consideration of how to innovate the deployment of human resources and healthcare facilities.

New ideas on staffing models, to work alongside the arrival of new CT or MRI scanners, are happening. This collaborative approach is about working with the NHS to improve productivity by creating a rich, shared talent pool, not poaching, and build back resilience in existing people by creating flexible roles and training new people for the future. Unique times call for unique and hybrid delivery models.

Speed of access to additional facility space is also essential. Unused retail or business units may be an option; however, surveying, planning, and conversion can create delays of up to two years increasing cost implications. Perhaps quick to create and easy to deploy diagnostic modular buildings that can ‘click-together’ to flex up and down with capacity needs are a swifter and more economical solution? It is how we rallied our NHS Covid response scanners in just 12 weeks from order to delivery.

No one can doubt, healthcare transformation is a complicated web of interconnected elements. To achieve preventative healthcare that greatly improves long-term quality of life, innovation collaboration between NHS management, industry, academia is key.

Quick to create and easy to deploy diagnostic modular buildings that can ‘click together’ to flex up and down with capacity needs are a swift solution to community diagnostics.

The advancement of predictive health via data-led health screening initiatives will save the health economic burden over the long-term.