Role: This is a fantastic opportunity to join a high performing team, selling Canon Medical Systems range of CT/MR/XR/HII equipment in the South of England/Central region.  

KEY FUNCTIONS:  

Order intake and sales delivery

  • Achieve agreed sales targets within the designated AM territory.
  • Maintain an ongoing rolling forecast for the AM territory. Communicate progress against this forecast on a regular basis (territory review meetings) with the Regional Sales Manager.
  • Identify current and future prospects to manage the territory opportunities and deploy resources efficiently. Use the account seasons framework (growth opportunity vs existing CMSUK footprint) to aid this.
  • Apply sales tools deployed by BE management team under the CMSUK Quality system to maximize our success rate (sales process and checklists, DMU tool, handling objections closing tool, budget summary spreadsheet etc.).
  • Co-ordinate all work streams in the sales process (relationship building, presentations, site visits, demonstrations, buildings projects, negotiation and closing).
  • Ensure Compass (CRM system) configurations are kept up to date and reflect customer requirements prior to tender or NHS Supply Chain responses being prepared and submitted by the Business Support Manager.
  • Agree pricing with Regional Manager for all opportunities before offers are submitted.
  • Communicate information to colleagues about the people, behaviours and politics of each opportunity.
  • Work closely with sales specialist colleagues to convince clinical users to select Canon Medical Systems.
  • Capture and record all salient elements of opportunities in Compass.

Installed base and CMSUK internal relationship management

  • Manage account relationships with all installed base customers in the territory. Deliver this in conjunction with local service engineers and applications specialists and participate in appropriate escalation to Regional Service Managers and Clinical Modality Managers.
  • Ensure that appropriate communication is maintained with project managers, modality specialists and clinical applications colleagues during the sales process and the project delivery phases.

Marketing and business development

  • Participate in the marketing activities and any opportunities to promote the CMSUK brand in the AM territory in conjunction with Regional Manager and the Marketing Manager.
  • Participate in PR stories / photographs for RAD and other industry publications in collaboration with the Marketing Department.
  • Participate in a rota of attendance at exhibitions and meetings in and outside the UK, as and when necessary.
  • Co-ordinate the plan to arrange appointments at the four main radiology events annually (ECR, UKRC, RCR and RSNA). This will be done in conjunction with contracted telemarketing resources.

Knowledge management, diary planning and other activities

  • Ensure that CRM (Compass) records are maintained for all accounts and opportunities in the territory.
  • Maintain product and industry knowledge at a level defined by BE management to enable the AM to compete successfully in the UK marketplace. This includes participation in events organised by BE management to maintain knowledge at an appropriate level.
  • Plan diary and appointments in conjunction with the Regional Sales Manager to ensure that the highest number of customer contacts can be maintained. The expectation for a typical working week is that a minimum of three days of customer facing activities are planned with multiple customer meetings scheduled in each city visited.
  • Audit own diary and discuss work patterns and efficiency with the Regional Sales Manager during territory review meetings.
  • Assist in other territories when needed as directed by the Regional Sales Manager.
  • Any other specialist responsibilities as agreed with the Regional Sales Manager and Sales Director.

EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  1. Good standard of general education with good written and spoken English.
  2. Sales professional with a clinical background and current evidence of outstanding achievement in sales.
  3. Current experience of territory management and planning with evidence of forecasting sales and orders.
  4. Competent in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email systems with understanding and experience of using CRM tool.
  5. Holds a valid passport to work in the UK and valid driving licence.  

To apply, please submit your CV to HR.UK@eu.medical.canon

Role: To provide full site planning requirements to facilitate installations of Big Equipment Systems.  

KEY FUNCTIONS  

  • To project manage all parts of the Salesforce execution project, including all future customer lifecycle campaigns; from prioritisation through to deployment, reporting and optimisation (this includes Driving Crawl Phase 1B project to relaunch Salesforce)
  • Oversee and manage all technical changes, working with all stakeholders including Canon Medical Europe and Appirio
  • You will be responsible for increasing engagement of Salesforce, developing higher participation and program awareness
  • Develop training materials and modules. Deliver Training both face to face and via Webex to manage sustained improvements
  • Develop and maintain customer communication through Chatter
  • Responsible for tracking project expenditure
  • Identify data needs for Salesforce integration, including CRM triggers and all data sources needed to monitor ROI
  • Drive communication to stakeholders and Canon Medical UK
  • Support Business Units with reinforcement phases
  • Meet project milestones and deliver all agreed outputs
  • Provide guidance to the teams and stakeholders based on their requirements and functionality of the system
  • Translate analytics into insights and leverage data to optimise the programme in order to support decision making

EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED 

  1. Salesforce experience – heading up Salesforce in a corporate environment
  2. Understanding of Compass
  3. Commercial awareness
  4. Good attention to detail
  5. Ability to create reports and dashboards
  6. Good communication and presentation skills
  7. Good standard of general education with written and spoken English.
  8. Competent in the use of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Email systems
  9. Valid EU Passport and EU Driving Licence

To apply, please submit your CV to HR.UK@eu.medical.canon

Role: The purpose of the Accounts Payable Assistant is to support the Financial Accounting Team Lead and the Payables Supervisor in performing the day-to-day payables accounting transactions and tasks as required by the business.

KEY FUNCTIONS  

  1. Accurately match, code and input supplier invoices
  2. Code and process employee expenses
  3. Maintain approved supplier database (ASD)
  4. Prepare supplier and employee payment runs for management to review and authorise
  5. Reconcile ledger to supplier statements and resolve discrepancies
  6. Liaise with internal departments to ensure timely approval of invoices
  7. Code and post company credit card expenses
  8. Maintain finance team shared email accounts
  9. Communicate with internal / external personnel to resolve queries
  10. Check employee business mileage returns
  11. Assist with collecting data for internal quarterly waste report

EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED 

  1. High level of attention to detail and numeracy skills
  2. Good standard of general education with good written and spoken English
  3. Minimum 1 year accounts payable experience to include coding invoices to GL accounts
  4. Competent in the use of Microsoft Excel/Outlook

To apply, please submit your CV to HR.UK@eu.medical.canon

Role: To be project liaison for Marketing with all departments, ensuring consistent and quality deployment of the Salesforce application.  Ensure business planning alignment and market execution via Salesforce, to drive growth and retention of all client bases.

KEY FUNCTIONS 

  • To project manage all parts of the Salesforce execution project, including all future customer lifecycle campaigns; from prioritisation through to deployment, reporting and optimisation (this includes Driving Crawl Phase 1B project to relaunch Salesforce)
  • Oversee and manage all technical changes, working with all stakeholders including Canon Medical Europe and Appirio
  • You will be responsible for increasing engagement of Salesforce, developing higher participation and program awareness
  • Develop training materials and modules. Deliver Training both face to face and via Webex to manage sustained improvements
  • Develop and maintain customer communication through Chatter
  • Responsible for tracking project expenditure
  • Identify data needs for Salesforce integration, including CRM triggers and all data sources needed to monitor ROI
  • Drive communication to stakeholders and Canon Medical UK
  • Support Business Units with reinforcement phases
  • Meet project milestones and deliver all agreed outputs
  • Provide guidance to the teams and stakeholders based on their requirements and functionality of the system.
  • Translate analytics into insights and leverage data to optimise the programme in order to support decision making

EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  1. Salesforce experience – heading up Salesforce in a corporate environment
  2. Understanding of Compass
  3. Commercial awareness
  4. Good attention to detail
  5. Ability to create reports and dashboards
  6. Good communication and presentation skills
  7. Good standard of general education with written and spoken English.
  8. Competent in the use of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Email systems
  9. Valid EU Passport and EU Driving Licence

To apply, please submit your CV to HR.UK@eu.medical.canon

Role:

  1. To achieve agreed sales targets within the designated area.
  2. To maintain contact with the Regional Ultrasound Manager and the Sales Support team on a day-to-day basis.
  3. To identify current and future prospects via Salesforce.
  4. To maintain records of prospects and sales information via Salesforce and keep Applications colleague up to date.
  5. To provide a regular feedback of marketing information to the Regional Ultrasound Manager.
  6. Attendance at exhibitions and meetings in the UK, and outside the UK, as and when necessary.
  7. To assist and advise in the preparation of EC Tenders – NHSSC requests related to individual prospects.
  8. To manage customer visits and demonstrations in designated sales area.
  9. Any other task(s) as may from time to time be required by the business.

EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  • Educated to degree level with good written and spoken English.
  • A two year track record of delivering results within a similar role.
  • A valid UK driving license and passport are essential.
  • A valid UK Driving Licence and Passport are essential.
  • A standard Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure is required for this position.

To apply, please submit your CV to HR.UK@eu.medical.canon

 

Role:

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a high performing team, to promote and sell Canon Medical Systems’ range of Ultrasound equipment to the York and Humber Region, and to provide support to existing customers.

 KEY FUNCTIONS

To achieve agreed sales targets within the designated area.

  1. To maintain contact with the Regional Ultrasound Manager and the Sales Support team on a day-to-day basis.
  2. To identify current and future prospects via Salesforce.
  3. To maintain records of prospects and sales information via Salesforce and keep Applications colleagues up to date.
  4. To provide a regular feedback of marketing information to the Regional Ultrasound Manager.
  5. Attendance at exhibitions and meetings in the UK, and outside the UK, as and when necessary.
  6. To assist and advise in the preparation and submission of EU Tenders. To prepare and complete responses to NHSSC and other requests related to individual prospects.
  7. To manage customer visits and demonstrations in designated sales area.
  8. Any other task(s) as may from time to time be required by the business.

 REPORTS TO: Regional Sales Manager

EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  1. Educated to degree level with good written and spoken English.
  2. Two years’ track record of delivering results within a similar role.
  3. Computer literacy is essential.
  4. A valid UK driving licence and passport are essential.
  5. An enhanced DBS Disclosure is required for this position.

CLOSING DATE: Friday 21st June 2019 – for further details and a job description, please contact the HR Department at hr.uk@eu.medical.canon  

Imaging procedures at National Spinal Injuries Centre, 24 hour A&E, cancer care, cardiac & stroke unit to be enhanced & future-proofed at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has placed an order for two Vantage Orian 1.5T MRI scanners from Canon Medical Systems UK to future-proof its imaging services. This represents the first UK orders of the premier MRI system. The two MRIs will be installed into Wycombe Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital to provide patients with the latest techniques for cancer, stroke, heart, spine and wider frontline imaging requirements. The purchase of the scanners will be funded by Buckinghamshire based charity ‘Scannappeal’.

Wycombe Hospital will be first to receive the new scanner later this year to replace an ageing system and support its busy district general imaging needs such as stroke and MSK research work. The Vantage Orian MRI will facilitate shorter patient scan times and thus reduce appointment times for some examinations and enhance patient experience. This will help to drive improved throughput and meet the 13% year-on-year increase in demand at the Trust for MRI examinations.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which includes the internationally recognised National Spinal Injuries Centre and busy 24 hour A&E department, will take delivery of its Vantage Orian MRI in 2020. The benefits of high productivity, patient comfort and greater clinical confidence will boost the standard of care delivered to patients, increase capacity and enable new research projects to be undertaken.

Deborah King, Lead Radiographer MRI at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust states, “We have great CT support service from Canon Medical Systems UK so they were a natural choice to help us modernise our MRI facilities. With 22,000 MRI scans each year, and growing by double digits annually, we needed to replace old systems and get ourselves fighting fit to support patients into the future. Canon Medical Systems listened closely to our needs and supported us on our brief.”

Scannappeal Chairman, William Baxter CBE states, “Scannappeal has been proudly supporting and working with communities across Buckinghamshire since 1987 and this is the biggest appeal that we have run in our history. It is a tremendous commitment, but the new Bucks MRI Appeal provides a wonderful opportunity for the local community to work with us to ensure we have the best possible equipment available at our hospitals.”

“It’s great that the UK’s first orders of the Vantage Orian MRI will be going to hospitals that are so focused on improving the clinical services to the patients they serve,” states Vanessa Ellis, MR Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems. “From the amazing Scannappeal charity, the committed staff in the departments and the enthusiastic research Radiologists, everyone is determined to make a difference, which we will support in partnership with all of them.”

Photo caption: The UK’s first Vantage Orian 1.5T MRI scanners from Canon Medical Systems have been ordered by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Service partnership with Imagex Medical will deliver productivity benefits to hospital radiology, EBME & procurement departments

A new multi-vendor service partnership has been announced into the UK health marketplace by equipment manufacturer Canon Medical Systems UK and specialist, independent ultrasound service provider, Imagex Medical. The unique offering will provide cost, operational and administrative benefits to time pressured NHS and independent hospitals by streamlining productivity in the way maintenance and repairs are carried out on frontline diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems.

The offering will change the way ultrasound imaging servicing can be handled. Instead of 2-4 different Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) visiting hospital departments at different times to service systems or undertake repairs, one specialist engineer trained across many different OEM systems can undertake all the equipment service needs. This delivers many time, administrative and cost savings for EBME (Electro-Biomedical Engineering) and health estates & facilities departments managing the maintenance of systems.

It will also minimise impact on the associated clinical departments of radiology, obstetrics and cardiology that experience equipment downtime whilst planned or unexpected ultrasound repairs are undertaken. At the same time, back office administrative burdens of multiple vendor reviews, contracts and invoices generated by procurement or finance teams will be reduced by simplifying equipment maintenance to one specialist organisation.

“Productivity and efficiency are ongoing mantras in healthcare as we enter 2019, especially in light of the NHS’ new long-term plan. As an equipment manufacturer we understand how important it is for our customers to receive high quality servicing quickly for diagnostic ultrasound systems, to not only maximise the life and uptime of the imaging system, but also to meet operational targets and patient needs. By entering into this partnership with Imagex Medical we can broaden our specialist service offerings to our installed base and reassure them that we’re working in partnership to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare industry head on,” states Paul Parsons, Director Service & Technical Support at Canon Medical Systems UK. “One quote, one contract and a single point of contact for all ultrasound equipment concerns will be beneficial for many healthcare providers.”

Jeff Norrie, Chief Technician, Medical Engineering Department at Good Hope Hospital, part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust states, “We have 45 ultrasound systems at Good Hope Hospital serving a patient catchment population of 450,000. Smooth maintenance and servicing is essential to have good service audit trails and ensure equipment health is kept at an optimum level to meet increasing clinical demands.”

Jim Lowbridge, Commercial Director at Imagex Medical states, “We’re excited to be entering into this multi-vendor partnership with Canon Medical Systems UK and supporting the UK healthcare marketplace with an alternative to OEM service support or managed equipment providers. As an independent specialist in ultrasound service support we focus on keeping equipment running to meet all clinical and operational needs.”

 Photo caption: A new multi-vendor service partnership has been announced into the UK health marketplace by equipment manufacturer Canon Medical Systems UK and specialist, independent ultrasound service provider, Imagex Medical.

Dr. Gray’s Hospital, Elgin, part of NHS Grampian recently replaced its Aquilion 64 with a state-of-the-art Aquilion Prime SP 160 CT scanner from Canon Medical Systems

Mark Shannon, Radiography Manager, comments, “Having for many years valued the quality of service and support from Canon for various modalities, it was clear to the team at Dr. Gray’s that the Canon CT range was going to be considered for our replacement scanner. In the ten years since our last scanner was installed, the progress in software development, within the industry in general, has added considerable options to access high-end functionality to all modalities, not just CT. This is fantastic news for patients and clinicians alike as it reduces dose, improves acquisition times and yields more information.”

Dr. Gray’s is a District General Hospital and only has a single CT scanner. Mark explains, “During any installation we have to ensure a cross-sectional imaging service is available at all times. We also have to remain flexible for the needs of elective and unplanned exams, and to ensure the safety and well-being of patients and staff.” Instead of the ‘traditional’ van in a car park solution Canon offered to install an interim service within the department. Mark continues, “This provided us with a range of exams to maintain the service and allowed the workflow within the safe environment of the department to be maintained. Following the installation of our replacement scanner, Canon’s Aquilion Prime SP, the response from patients, staff and referrers has been highly positive. The radiography team was delighted with the transition from old to new. Not only does the new software platform provide ease and familiarity to acquisition, but applying additional functions was an intuitive process. On a practical level, the larger bore and lateral couch movement contribute to a less stressful and physically demanding day, as well as allowing patients to feel more relaxed. Radiologists appreciate the additional software available within the package, and particularly value the thin-client post-processing capability afforded with the introduction of Vitrea-Extend. These additional packages are all very intuitive to learn, but nonetheless, delivered with minimal fuss and well supported by an excellent applications specialist”.  

In conclusion, Mark says, “Hardware and software aside, the most positive impact of this installation has been the ease with which it happened. From initial discussion to completion of the build, Canon and the company’s partners have been excellent, providing regular updates and advice. We are now better prepared to meet the challenges that face us!”

The Aquilion Prime SP sets new standards of image quality, whilst providing the lowest possible dose for every patient. Built with premium technology migrated straight from the company’s high-end CT, it facilitates the handling of all patients from paediatric to bariatric, including the most challenging cases, while providing staff with a fast and efficient solution to make their work easier.

Photo caption: Left to right; Deborah Searle, Radiographer; Eilidh Jackson, Charge Nurse; Dr. Struan Wilkie, Consultant Radiologist; Lyndsay Smith, Radiographer; Mark Shannon , Radiography Manager; Nicola Goodman, Anne Wood, Rachael Brown, Catherine Dyer, Arlene More, Radiographers and Iain Gray, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems

 

Multi-modality innovations and relocatable imaging facilities on display

In tune with this year’s UK Imaging and Oncology Congress (UKIO) ‘Personalise & Humanise’ theme, Canon Medical Systems UK will be on stand 2, 10-12 June in Liverpool, to demonstrate the company’s #madeforlife ethics and ethos, alongside its equipment innovations and service offerings. This includes a new interventional imaging product launch, CT, MRI and ultrasound equipment showcases, plus a relocatable modality imaging unit.

A new family of interventional imaging systems will be presented to UKIO delegates by Canon Medical Systems UK during the event. The Alphenix range was first previewed at ECR, boasting great clarity and precision for interventional radiology and cardiology, plus a unique dose tracking technology to help operators managed patient procedural dose. Canon Medical Systems will also be presenting the exceptional features of Hi-Def Detector technology (High-Definition Flat Panel Detector) available on the Alphenix Biplane and Alphenix Core+. Hi-Def systems are designed to help clinicians see fine details during procedures such as stent positioning and stent apposition, wire and catheter navigation through the stent struts, and observation of coil deployment.

The market leading CT Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition will feature on the Canon Medical Systems UK stand alongside the Vantage Orian Premium 1.5T and Aplio iSeries ultrasound products. Information on healthcare IT solutions from Canon Medical Systems including the Vitrea® range of modular, multi-modality and multi-vendor advanced visualisation applications will also be available. This will include Global Illumination, an alternative 3D rendering technique to provide photorealistic anatomy images for communication and education needs between peers, specialists and patients; Bayesian CT Brain Perfusion for assessing in 4D cerebral blood flow and perfusion disturbances within the brain; and Olea MRI post-processing tools. Underpinning all product and solution showcases will be information on the Canon Medical Systems’ ‘Applications for Life’ programmes and wide range of highly rated education and training resources.

Outside the UKIO exhibition building, a relocatable imaging unit part of a fleet managed by Canon Medical Systems UK will be positioned for delegates to tour. The versatility of the multi-modality units can help imaging departments flex up service capacity during screening projects, winter pressures, or ensure continuity of service during building works or scheduled maintenance.

Additionally, the British Institute of Radiology / Canon Memorial Lecture will take place at UKIO on Monday 10 June at 12.45 given by Professor Mathias Prokop, Head of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Radboud University in the Netherlands, titled, ‘advanced computer analysis in oncologic imaging: a necessity or a hype?’. Canon Medical Systems UK sponsors the BIR award which recognises values, skills and contributions in medical imaging.

“We’re looking forward to being part of the inaugural UK Imaging and Oncology Congress, the largest multidisciplinary imaging and oncology conference in the UK,” states Maiko Davison, Head of Marketing and Presales Operations at Canon Medical Systems UK. “Our specialist team of product and service representatives are the same people that delivered service excellence under our former company name Toshiba Medical Systems. We will all be on hand to discuss the needs of UK healthcare institutions and detail how our multi-modality range of systems and service can support radiologists, radiographers, sonographers and management teams into the future.”

Photo caption: A new family of Alphenix interventional imaging system for the UK marketplace will be launched by Canon Medical Systems at UKIO 2019.

 

 

 

Social, health, sports & citizenship lessons passed on to future generations

The RESPECT Programme, a community outreach initiative in South Yorkshire run by professional basketball club Sheffield Sharks, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of delivering proactive sports, social and citizenship workshops to primary school children.

This important milestone year of the not-for-profit scheme is supported by diagnostic imaging company Canon Medical Systems UK, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility #madeforlife commitments. The 2018/19 RESPECT scheme is currently seeing over 600 Year 5 and 6 primary school children via workshops on bullying, staying safe online, fire safety and basketball skills. The academic year will conclude with a celebratory basketball tournament between participating schools in June at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.

Over the past ten years, the RESPECT programme has grown in scale, interacting with nearly 5,000 nine and ten year old pupils at schools in the disadvantaged South Yorkshire areas of Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield. Participating schools gain external support and resource sessions in the non-statutory curriculum area of Personal, Social, Health and Citizen Education (PSHCE) combined with practical sports coaching and role model psychology from Sheffield Sharks professional basketball players.

“The Year 5 children love it when Sheffield Sharks come to visit – they engage, listen and want to take part – who wouldn’t when a 7ft tall professional basketball player comes into the room!” states Mandy Fenech, Safeguarding Officer at Arbourthorne Community Primary School. “The Sheffield Sharks RESPECT programme has been so important to our school over many years. It complements our own PSHE curriculum and safeguarding topics perfectly, covering bullying, online safety, crime plus fire and safety. Delivery of the sessions is unique and our pre-teen pupils sit up and take notice – you can see their interest and engagement rise during the sessions.”

“The ethos of the RESPECT programme is to encourage participation in physical activity such as basketball; to promote an understanding of the need for community values; and to help young people stay safe using technology such as the Internet,” states Joel Mills, Operations Manager and RESPECT Programme Leader at DBL Sharks Sheffield Basketball Club. “The sessions are run with Year 5 primary school children, the age that criminal responsibility starts, and aims to openly discuss making the right choices in life.”

“The RESPECT programme delivered by Sheffield Sharks is about striving for the greater good. It mirrors our own Japanese business culture and the philosophy behind our long-standing ‘Made for Life’ vision of building relationships that rely on trust, respect and transparency to improve life for all,” states Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK. “We are proud to see the positive impacts that the RESPECT scheme is having on local children, families and the wider community.”

Sheffield Sharks players and RESPECT leaders are mostly from black or minority ethnic groups and have real-life stories to tell of growing up in challenging circumstances and how choosing a path of sport enabled them to gain skills and stay trouble free. South Yorkshire Police and Fire & Rescue Service also play a part with the RESPECT programme in addressing the wide range of issues that impact local communities, not least in educating the children that the criminal age of responsibility is from age 10.

Mandy Fenech concludes, “Almost 70% of our pupils are entitled to free school meals and some of our families face many hardships. We give the children a routine and safe environment to belong to and our Core Values are echoed through the RESPECT programme. Giving our pupils proactive guidance in life is incredibly important and we’re so thankful, as parents and teachers, to have the support of Sheffield Sharks and the RESPECT programme in our area.”

Due to the success of the RESPECT programme with primary school children, plans for RESPECT2 a programme targeting secondary schools and encouraging teenagers to stay out of gangs and knife crime is under development and due to be piloted in 2020.

Photo caption: The RESPECT Programme, a multi-agency community outreach initiative in South Yorkshire run by professional basketball club, Sheffield Sharks is celebrating its 10th anniversary of delivering proactive sports, social and citizenship sessions to primary school children. It is supported by diagnostic imaging company Canon Medical Systems UK.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems (centre) with other members of the Canon Medical Systems UK team meet Willow, an autism assistance dog specially trained by Support Dogs.

 

Safety, independence and wellbeing of people living with epilepsy, autism or disabilities enhanced as another corporate partner backs national charity Support Dogs  

A family living with epilepsy, autism or physical disabilities will have its spirits lifted as a new puppy will soon enter the Support Dogs training academy sponsored by diagnostic imaging experts Canon Medical Systems UK under its #madeforlife philosophy. For the next two years a puppy will be readied in life-saving and independence inspiring skills before being matched with an owner to provide a lifetime of assistance.

Trained assistance dogs provide important health and wellbeing support to people that need an extra hand. For example, they can pre-empt an epileptic seizure up to 50 minutes in advance, lower stress levels so that medication can be removed, and generally improve wellbeing to reduce the frequency of health appointments required. This not only improves the quality of life for the individual and their family, but also for the wider health economy that is prescribing drugs or struggling to keep up with NHS health appointment demands.

The sponsorship of a support dog is one aspect of Canon Medical Systems’ extensive #madeforlife Corporate Social Responsibility commitment. It is encouraging more companies and individuals to follow its lead of living and working for the common good, and putting more back to charities and communities to improve the health of our nation and the environment we live in.

At aged six, Sam Mills from Sheffield was unable to leave his house due to the social anxiety that his autism caused. He has sensory difficulties which means he struggles with noise and crowds, has severe anxiety and he also suffers from depression. A black Labrador called Willow joined his family from Support Dogs and within one year helped him overcome debilitating and isolating issues from noise and busy social environments.

Emma Mills, Sam’s mother commented, “Since having Willow we’ve had a massive lifestyle change. The doctors wanted to put Sam on medication for his anxiety, but Willow has reduced his anxiety to such an extent that we can work on it with him without medication. Now, he will actually ask to go to the shops or to the woods. Willow has given him confidence and makes him feel safe.”

Danny Anderson, Fundraising Manager at Support Dogs, states, “Assistance dogs change lives. They breathe life and energy back into families that have been struggling to cope with everyday tasks or events. As we are solely funded by donations, partnerships with companies such as Canon Medical Systems UK are critical to ensure the flow of new puppies into our training scheme and enable more people across the UK to access the caring canine companion they need.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK, states, “For people living with constant anxiety, isolation or illness, a support dog brings so much positive change to their everyday lives. As part of our company 2020 vision we feel that it isn’t just our role to supply diagnostic imaging systems to the NHS and independent hospitals, but that we have a moral obligation to promote good health and wellbeing beyond pure financial gains. Sponsoring a puppy through its 2-year specialist training will make such a difference to a family. This is one aspect of our 2019 #madeforlife campaign where we are focusing on respecting the health of our nation and our world.”

The Support Dogs charity specialises in three specific programmes:

Autism assistance dogs for children aged three to ten years. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. The dogs are trained to provide safety for the child and reduce stress in social environments.
Seizure alert dogs for people with epilepsy. Around 1,000 people with epilepsy die each year and research suggests that most of these deaths are sudden and unexpected. The warning provided by a seizure alert dog means that a person can remove themselves from any danger and have a seizure in a safe environment.

Disability assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. The person’s own pet dog is trained to perform tasks which are specifically tailored to their individual needs such as opening / closing doors, picking up objects or dressing / undressing. This provides them with a companion to enhance greater independence and safety.

Everyday life for Sam with his black Labrador support dog ‘Willow’ has got easier lowering his feelings of anxiety and has enabled him to avoid medication for autism. [Photo credit: A Dog Life Photography]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image quality, ergonomics & industry reputation cited as reasons for selection

Canon Medical Systems UK has installed an Aplio i600 diagnostic ultrasound system at North Devon District Hospital, part of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, to support the expansion of imaging service capacity and bolster clinical confidence. It will be situated in a new multi-use room and used predominately for breast imaging procedures.

Featuring Superb micro-vascular imaging (SMI), the Aplio i600 at North Devon District Hospital will be able to expand the level of vascular visualisation and detail to enhance clinical diagnostic confidence when evaluating lesions, cysts and tumours.

Shelley Thompson, Superintendent Sonographer at North Devon District Hospital states, “One of the main drivers for a new ultrasound system was to develop our capacity for breast imaging. The imaging quality and ergonomics of the Aplio i600 stood out during the clinical evaluations, as did the industry reputation of Canon Medical Systems. The Aplio i600 is a very versatile system to suit the wide spectrum of work we carry out in the department, which includes interventional procedures performed by Radiologists.”

“We’re delighted to have installed our first Canon Medical Systems ultrasound unit into North Devon District Hospital and that technical quality, versatility, ergonomics and market reputation played a part in our selection,” states Henry Lewis, Sales Specialist at Canon Medical Systems UK. “We will now continue to support the department with ongoing service and applications needs.”

In addition to breast imaging workload, the Canon Medical Systems Aplio i600 was also selected by North Devon District Hospital for its versatility in interventional imaging. The installation includes the full range of diagnostic ultrasound transducers to give clinical flexibility across breast, paediatric, vascular, interventional and general procedures.

Photo caption: Canon Medical Systems UK has installed an Aplio i600 diagnostic ultrasound system into North Devon District Hospital, part of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Pictured (left to right): Dr Sandra Owen, Consultant Radiologist; Clare Leworthy, HCA; Neli Nyathi, Sonographer; Maria Grigg, Sonographer; Shelley Thompson, Superintendent Sonographer; Vikki Nicholson, Sonographer; Stefan Ramkissoon, Radiology Registrar; Henry Lewis, Sales Specialist at Canon Medical Systems UK; Shane Hanlon, Applications Specialist at Canon Medical Systems UK; and Emma Kiff, Sonographer.

 

Ethics and ethos go beyond product and service offerings

Imaging equipment provider Canon Medical Systems UK has formally announced its 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitments that reach far beyond the products and services provided. #madeforlife, a philosophy and tangible series of regional, national and international CSR initiatives, will focus on the health of the environment and creating a better society for people in the UK and developing nations.

The health of the environment is at the heart and soul of Canon Medical Systems. It is the only UK medical equipment provider to be ‘carbon neutral’ meeting all PAS 2060 requirements by the British Standards Institute, and has gained official partner status from the United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals. Cascading from this is an ongoing commitment to humanity through improving communities, boosting the wellbeing of society and pursuing health innovations to advance healthcare prevention and diagnosis through clinical and academic research.

At an international level, Canon Medical Systems UK will be building on its successful Carbon neutral initiative where each and every purchase of imaging equipment is translated into tonnes of carbon and offset to a high impact project in a developing country. This CO2 offset takes into account the elements involved in manufacturing, packaging, shipping and average energy usage for the standard lifetime of a medical imaging system. Metrics are calculated and monitored by a specialist carbon zero partner and verified by Gold Standard for Global Goals developed by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) or United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals approved auditor. A Canon Medical 1.5T MRI system, for example, has a carbon offset footprint of 226.78 tonnes CO2 which then helps 245 people in Kenya and Uganda via providing cooking stoves and fixing water borehole projects to improve overall health and quality of living standards.

Nationally, UK charity Support Dogs has been selected by Canon Medical Systems to provide corporate backing for the next two years to train a new assistance dog that will improve the safety, independence and wellbeing of people living with epilepsy, autism or disabilities. When matched to a family, the trained dog provides important health and wellbeing support such as pre-empting epileptic seizure up to 50 minutes in advance, or lowering anxiety levels so that medication is no longer required, or can be reduced.

At a regional level, Canon Medical Systems is continuing its support of top British professional league Sheffield Sharks Basketball Club, in rolling out a ‘RESPECT programme’ to more than 600 primary school children in South Yorkshire. Workshops delivered by basketball players aim to encourage positive citizenship and address a range of issues in local communities such as online safety, fire safety and bullying. The sessions also include basketball coaching to inspire the children into having healthy attitudes towards sport. Each of the 16 schools enrolled into the RESPECT programme will end the 2018/19 academic year with a competitive RESPECT basketball tournament at the English Institute of Sport.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK states, “Our Made for Life vision differentiates our commercial consciousness from many of the other providers in the UK medical equipment marketplace. Our goal is not only to deliver solid imaging systems partnerships to our customers and ultimately patients, but also to contribute to the prosperity of the world and improve life for all. We do this by understanding the needs of our customers and by working closely with academic, industry and community partners.”

Donations given in exchange for radiology customers’ time to complete performance poll

Nearly £2,500 has been donated by Canon Medical Systems UK, formally Toshiba Medical Systems, to UK charities in exchange for its radiology customers completing a short online or telephone survey about people, products and customer service. The qualitative and quantitative survey enabled the viewpoints of radiographers, sonographers and clinicians to be collected to ensure the ongoing improvement in Canon Medical System’s offerings in the areas of product support and customer service.

The total amount raised will be split between three health related charities: Little Hearts Matter, a UK charity offering help to anyone affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition; The Stroke Association, a UK charity working to change the world for people affected by stroke; and a leading national Cancer research charity.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK states, “Our customer satisfaction surveys are very important to gauge the views of the people we serve and for the wider healthcare ecosystem. Keeping equipment uptime rates high, being highly responsive to breakdowns or delivering smooth and quick equipment installations, are vital to support our customers delivering frontline diagnostic imaging services to growing numbers of patients. It is part of our Made for Life commitment to put the patient at the heart of everything we do and it’s great to see the results of this survey showing a significant increase in customer satisfaction since the last survey 3 years ago.”

Photo caption: Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK presents cheque to David Walmsley, Regional Fundraiser at Stroke Association.

Castle Hill Hospital, part of Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, recently replaced a ten-year old 40-slice CT system with a Canon Medical Systems Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition scanner. The new system is the second Canon CT scanner to be installed at Castle Hill Hospital. The first system, an Aquilion PRIME, installed in 2017, was delivered with cardiac software and replaced an aged 16-slice system.

The 2017 installation was the hospital’s first experience with a Canon CT scanner. Features that convinced the hospital to purchase a second Canon Medical Systems system included low dose with iterative construction and improved image quality with Canon’s ‘FIRST model-based reconstruction’ (MBIR). Andrew Stephens comments, “We already have a Canon system, purchased in 2017, and we have been very pleased with the reliability of the system. Based on the positive experience with our first system, we decided to go ahead and acquire a second Canon CT scanner.”

Stephens continues, “We have moved from 16 and 40 slice systems to the Canon Medical Systems Aquilion PRIME and Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition. It has been a huge leap in technology. As a regional cardiothoracic centre, high quality cardiac imaging is paramount. We are now able to obtain sub mSv, high quality volumetric cardiac CT scans. SURESubtraction for angiographic studies has produced excellent results, particularly in bone removal at the base of the skull. The training and support from Canon was first-class and the radiographers have quickly learned the new interface of the Canon scanner. Innovative features such as SEMAR, Lateral Tech and Area Finder have all proved to have clinical and workflow benefits.”

Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition transforms routine imaging to new levels of image detail and low contrast resolution, balanced for each clinical question at the right dose. It comes with Canon’s Dual Energy scanning including Dual Energy Composition Analysis and Dual Energy Raw Data Analysis.

The system at Castle Hill includes an array of software including FIRST, the world’s first integrated solution which utilises forward projection iterations to deliver high-quality images with up to 82 percent dose reduction. A full volumetric reconstruction for routine clinical use can be obtained in just three minutes. Other features include SURE Coronary Subtraction, Variable Helical Parameter (vHP), Adaptive Motion Correction  and Area Finder.

Photo Caption: Shown left to right, standing: Helen Wright, Senior CT Radiographer; Dr. Nadia Jawad, Radiology Registrar; Bridie Hutchings, Senior CT Radiographer; Dawn Latham, CISW; Nicola Webster, CT Speciality Manager; and Ruth Rowe, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems. Seated on the left, Andrew Stephens, CT Section Manager, and on the right Heather Dring, CT Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems.

North Manchester General Hospital, part of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, recently replaced a twelve year old Canon image intensifier-based system, in its ERCP room, with the latest version of Canon’s Ultimax-i. The replacement is the second Ultimax-i unit to be installed at the hospital in the last two years, the acquisitions being an important investment and it is anticipated they will improve fluoroscopy services available to patients across the Pennine Acute Trust, by using the latest imaging technology.

Helena Hill, Specialist Interventional/Fluoroscopy Radiographer, says, “We chose Canon as we have had previous experience of the company’s X-ray equipment, and we have found the Ultimax to be extremely reliable and hardworking. In addition, it has always provided the best image quality and dose reduction. Another of the main reasons for our choice is the customer service that Canon provides.  Canon stood out over other suppliers, as we find the customer service second-to-none. Having local engineers makes such a difference as to how quickly we can get an answer to a query or fault. An engineer is always available, either on the phone, or will attend the hospital, if needed. The response is very prompt – we have never waited long for assistance and the personnel at the end of the phone are very friendly and helpful.”  Helena continues, “The applications training was superb and we have found the specialists always willing to answer any questions, no matter how trivial. They are excellent at what they do and we know that we are always able to call on them if needed.”  

The new system enables the hospital to increase efficiency, whilst providing a higher degree of patient comfort than ever before. The Ultimax-i is flexible and versatile, capable of performing multi-purpose imaging with a large field-of-view and excellent image quality. Its innovative design, with a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm, facilitates all gastrointestinal studies, interventional radiology and angiographic procedures, with anatomical coverage from head-to-toe and shoulder-to-shoulder on even the tallest patients.

Following the initial positioning of the patient, the Ultimax-i can be moved to any orientation required, without the need for additional patient movement. In addition, the system has integrated anti-collision technology to protect the patient at all times and a comprehensive dose reduction programme that ensures maximum diagnostic information at the lowest possible dose.

Commenting on the installation, Helena says, “We now have two Ultimax-i systems in place and they have helped to reduce our waiting lists significantly. With one of the rooms, it has enabled us to continue with ERCP procedures as, without the room being replaced, these could not have gone ahead.  We have also been able to reduce our doses significantly with our two new rooms. For the installation last year, the room was redecorated and remodelled to provide an extra door into the room for safety reasons”.

Photo caption: Shown left to right, Jackie Coleman, Endoscopy; Gemma Sangster, Senior Radiographer; Colin Murray, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Helena Hill, Lead Radiographer; Andrew Mayes, Clinical Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems, and Gillian Hill and Vivian Waller, Endoscopy.

Canon Medical Systems recently supplied Warwick Hospital with a state-of-the-art Aquilion Prime SP CT scanner, including an upgrade to their Vitrea Enterprise system, providing advanced visualisation solutions for both Aquilion CT scanners at Warwick.

Beverley Bradley, CT/MRI Lead Radiographer says, “We have been so pleased with the Canon Aquilion CX installed at Warwick seven years ago, that out choice for the Aquilion Prime SP as a second CT scanner was an easy one to make. Low doses, reliability, ease-of-use and excellent customer support were all influencing factors. Having a second scanner has enabled us to significantly improve our throughput, helping to reduce waiting times and to relieve the pressure placed upon the service from having a single CT scanner within the Trust. We are particularly impressed with the rapid image reconstruction and integrated software packages the Aquilion Prime SP offers. The noticeable reduction in post-processing applications has already impacted upon our productivity.”

Productivity is enhanced with the Aquilion Prime SP’s integrated workflow solutions, which render even the most complex tasks easy. The new all three phase variable Helical Parameters (vHP3) provides the flexibility to perform three separate scans into a seamless acquisition to potentially save radiation dose, contrast dose, or both.  Overall fast scan times make vHP3 compliant to the needs of the patient, and shorten exam times for trauma imaging when every second is critical.  A single series reconstruction enables several studies to be interpreted simultaneously for faster reading.

Photo caption: Shown left to right, back row, standing Oliver Letchford, Radiographer; Beverley Bradley, CT/MRI Lead radiographer; Barnaby Harrison, Account Manager, and Nicola Venuto Project Manager, both of Canon Medical Systems. Seated in front, left to right, Samantha Randall, Senior Radiographer; Nicky Dillow, CT Senior Radiographer and Professor Rakesh Sinha, Radiology Clinical Director

 

Official partner status awarded for successful efforts across sustainability, gender equality and welfare by United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG)

Diagnostic imaging systems provider, Canon Medical Systems UK, has been officially recognised with partner status from the United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG). This significant success comes as a result of its continued sustainability efforts through its CarbonZero programme that is leading to improvements in the health and welfare of people in Uganda and Kenya.

Canon Medical Systems’ CarbonZero project has achieved four sustainable development goals which led to the partner accolade from the United Nations. These include (3) Good Health and Wellbeing; (5) Gender Equality; (6) Clean Water And Sanitation; and (13) Climate Action, all resulting in activities that reduce C02 emissions from the burning of firewood and repairing clean water boreholes. This guarantees that Canon Medical Systems’ customers receive a carbon neutral product while helping to deliver livelihood and environmental benefits in Africa.

The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG), part of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), plays a key role in the evaluation of the UN’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the core of this are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that together represent an urgent call to action for businesses to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth. When a company delivers the development goals, they are awarded the official UN partner status, accredited by Gold Standard.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK, said, “As a leading healthcare technology provider, improving the lives of people across our planet is something we are incredibly passionate about – it is part of this company’s DNA. That is why it is of great importance to us that we take good care not only of people, but also of the environment we all share. We are honoured to have achieved UN partner status in recognition of our efforts and contribution to the wider good.”

The four SDGs include:

(3) Good Health and Wellbeing – Distributing fuel-efficient cookstoves through The Kenyan Energy efficient stove project has resulted in a 50% reduction in the need for firewood; less firewood means a reduction in smoke, reducing the likelihood of life-threatening respiratory conditions.

(5) Gender equality – Through local borehole regeneration, the task of collecting fresh water, usually by women and children, is less onerous as it also no longer requires sterilisation on an open fire. This in turn means women are able to play a greater role within society and more children can attend school, improving gender equality and education.

(6) Clean Water and Sanitation – Supplying families with clean water significantly reduces the need to burn firewood for sterilisation and limits the threat of disease. One borehole user said, “The water we drank was always dirty and I worried my children would become sick with typhoid or other water-borne diseases. Our lives have improved so much since the borehole was repaired.”

(13) Climate Action – A key aim is to reduce the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. The result of this to date has been a total offset of C02 emissions of 27,476 tonnes.

Canon Medical Systems will continue its efforts and is working towards a further eight of the SDGs. Through its work with carbon projects developer CO2balance, it supports initiatives that offset the C02 emissions caused through production and distribution of its products, as well as the company’s corporate carbon footprint. Canon Medical Systems has been running its CarbonZero programme since 2014 and is still the only UK medical equipment provider to be a carbon neutral business.

Mark Hitchman concluded: “C02 in the earth’s atmosphere is a critical problem and if we don’t take action, it will lead to unpredictable changes in our global climate system. As customers look to business to define a purpose beyond profit, this announcement is testament to Canon Medical Systems’ focus on improving welfare in developing countries at the same time as improving health outcomes in the UK. This is very much in line with our corporate philosophy “Kyosei” which means living and working together for the common good.”

Photo captions: Canon Medical Systems UK awarded UN partner status as a result of Kenyan Energy Efficient Stove Project and Ugandan Borehole Project

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) NHS Foundation Trust have acquired a Canon Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT scanner. The equipment replaced an existing system that had reached the end of its useful life.

Dr. Bernhard Tins, Consultant Radiologist says, “We chose the Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition after a rigorous competitive procurement process. The new system provides excellent image quality with high spatial resolution and proven dose savings. The dual energy option allows us to assess cases of metabolic disease and the large 16cm wide diameter enables us to perform 3D dynamic joint imaging, aiding problem solving in difficult orthopaedic cases.” Dr. Tins continues, “It has already proven excellent for interventional MSK work with the relatively large bore and lateral table movement. The large detector allows us to image large areas in real time while performing procedures and intermittent screening can be performed with a large number of slice thickness combinations. The 3D features support needle paths outside the gantry plane.”

 The new system was supplied with Canon’s latest technology including Dual Energy, CT fluoroscopy, Tech Assist Lateral Slide and Area Finder, plus SURESubtraction Ortho and Lung software and 4D orthopaedic analysis package.

Dr. Tins concludes, “The advanced technical features will support a number of research projects we have planned. The procurement process and installation and apps training were supported throughout by the competent and helpful Canon team and in particular by Barnaby Harrison, Mark Condron and Huw Jones. Canon, particularly our local reps, were very supportive throughout, helping to keep the project on track.” 

 The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital is a leading orthopaedic centre. A specialist hospital with a reputation for innovation, the Trust provides a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal, surgical, medical and rehabilitation services, locally, regionally and nationally.

Photo Caption: Shown left to right: Huw Jones, Canon Medical Systems; Valerie Jones, CT Superintendent; Gemma Jones,CT/MRI Radiographer;Dr. Bernhard Tins (standing), Consultant Radiologist; Meg Evans, CT/MRI Radiographer; Jodie Rogers, CT/MRI Radiographer and Eric Hughes, Diagnostics Divisional Manager

Canon Medical Systems recently replaced another manufacturer’s CT scanner at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with a state-of-the-art Aquilion Prime SP 160 CT system. In addition, the company supplied a software upgrade for a first-generation Aquilion PRIME CT scanner, installed in 2012. The upgrade brings the original scanner into line with the functionality of the newly-delivered system. The new scanner is equipped with the latest technology, including three phase Variable Helical Parameters (vHP), and offers fast patient throughput, together with robust cardiac scanning and new diagnostic capabilities.

In fulfilling the contract, Canon undertook a complete turnkey solution, to expand the hospital’s CT area and also to refurbish the CT examination and control rooms. The new scanner came with Canon’s tried and tested software packages, SURECardio, and SURESubtraction Head and Neck, Lung and Ortho.  It was also delivered with the company’s latest bariatric couch with Tech Assist Lateral slide technology to ensure safety and comfort. In addition, a Vitrea Enterprise system upgrade was provided, offering advanced visualisation solutions for Aquilion CT scanners.

Zoe Saunders, CT/MRI Superintendent Radiographer says; “Canon worked with the Trust to ensure we were able to maintain our high throughput of patients during the installation of the new scanner and upgrade of the existing scanner. This included a provision of a Canon CT mobile system during the building works and system installation.”

Georgina Waddington, CT/MRI Superintendent Radiographer comments; “We now no longer have to wait for the new scanner to be available for paediatric or complex patients – both scanners provide excellent image quality at low dose.” Georgina adds; The Canon Medical Systems’ Applications team was very supportive in optimising our protocols for both the mobile and our new CT system.”  

Photo Caption: Shown left to right, Hayley Tartaglia, Superintendent Radiographer, Tony Squirrell and Anna Servillion from the Radiography team, with Colin Pellow, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems and CT/MRI Superintendent Radiographers Zoe Saunders and Georgina Waddington, and Radiographers, Pavan Kumar and Joyleen Sankar

 

Four Aquilion Prime SP CT systems selected to deliver improved outcomes to patients.

InHealth, the UK’s largest specialist provider of diagnostic and healthcare solutions to the NHS and independent sector, has selected Canon Medical Systems UK to replace and expand its range of CT scanners. Four Aquilion Prime SP CT Systems have been ordered to support InHealth’s high-quality service provision to over 2 million patients per year, and underpin the clinical and operational needs of its radiographers and reporting radiologists.

The new orders are the latest in a decade long CT partnership between the two companies. The four new CT scanners will all operate within InHealth’s mobile fleet as part of its aim to meet the growing needs of general and specialist CT imaging as a frontline healthcare treatment planning and review tool.

“This deal represents a significant investment in renewing and increasing our portfolio of scanners to allow us to continue to meet the growing demand from the healthcare sector, and help deliver better outcomes for our patients. We are excited to be working with Canon Medical Systems and continue to strengthen and expand our presence in the field of diagnostics,” states Geoff Searle, Managing Director – Integrated Services at InHealth.

Alistair Howseman, Sales Director at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “Our strong and long partnership with InHealth is testimony to Canon Medical Systems’ record of providing imaging equipment that is not only best in class for clinical and operational needs, but also to it giving a sound financial return on investment. We are delighted to receive the new order and look forward to providing a smooth installation of the equipment as well as training and meeting ongoing service needs.”

The Aquilion Prime SP CT powers productivity within imaging departments by speeding up and simplifying complex or routine procedures and automating patient positioning. It has been designed to help save time and increase patient throughput, as well as deliver exceptionally low radiation doses and assure clinical confidence in the resulting scans.                 

Photo caption: The four new Canon Medical Systems Aquilion Prime SP CT Systems will operate within InHealth’s mobile fleet to meet the growing needs of general and specialist CT imaging.

Role:

We have 2 exciting new vacancies for L1 UL Field Service Engineer (South East) & L2 CT Field Service Engineer (South West)

 

THE POSITION:

The Field Service Engineer will provide onsite and telephone support to Canon Medical Systems Ltd customers in order to meet customer expectations in line with the ISO Quality Management System.

 

REPORTS TO:

Regional Team Leader

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Able to work reasonably independently on a day-to-day basis.
  • Handle normal problems that occur with the product trained for.
  • Handle periodical maintenance and planning and keep records up-to-date.
  • Support, maintain, repair and install individual products at your own responsibility and report back when required.
  • Maintain and update all your Field Service manuals and bulletins and ensure they are available for use at all times.
  • Maintain your Car Stock quantities and keep track of usage, replenishment and Down Machine orders.
  • Ensure you call on expert support when necessary.
  • Keep in regular contact with Service Support Centre at least 2 times per day.
  • Accept responsibility for your customer’s internal contacts by maintaining the appropriate communication.
  • Ensure the expectations of customers and business partners are fulfilled with regard to quality of service.
  • Provide onsite operator training according to the operator guide and hand-over products paying particular attention to safety and machine care.
  • Ensure that problem accounts and problem machines are followed up, and escalated as necessary.
  • Promote the sale of Service Agreements at all chargeable accounts.
  • Take responsibility of Call Requests that do not clear off your Despatch Screen and seek help if you cannot clear them down.
  • Constantly improve administration, communication, and technical skills and take responsibility for up-dating your own knowledge.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the mandatory health and safety elements of your job, and that you comply with these procedures fully.
  • Ensure that the escalation process is followed, where issues cannot be resolved within the prescribed timescales.

 

EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  1. ONC/HNC level engineering qualification or equivalent experience.
  2. Good general standard of education, with excellent written and spoken English.
  3. Valid EU Passport
  4. Valid EU Driving Licence

To apply, please send your CV to HR.UK@eu.medical.canon

 

 

Canon Medical Systems continues to focus on the provision of education opportunities by taking to the road again in 2018 and bringing a series of educational events across the UK.

We were delighted to offer the following educational opportunities:

  • Canon Aquilion Large Bore User Group
  • Canon Ultimax-i User Group: Advanced Practice & Beyond
  • Six Canon Ultrasound educational events covering a multitude of topics

At our Aquilion Large Bore User Group, presentations were delivered in Birmingham, by Canon Aquilion Large Bore Users covering a variety of topics relating to their experiences using the system and current practice. The presentations included experiences on system commissioning, looking at the 1st UK Dose survey from radiotherapy planning CT scanners, changing reconstruction algorithms without impacting on treatment planning doses and improving the image quality in head and neck imaging.

Our ultrasound events were available to all ultrasound enthusiasts and hosted in Stirling, London, York, Belfast, Cardiff and Manchester. The programme for each educational event was unique and covered the very latest ultrasound innovations and clinical topics in either radiology or womens health.

The Canon Ultimax-i User Group held in Manchester, welcomed a variety of esteemed speakers from all fields in Radiology, focusing on the Ultimax-i. A diversity of topics were presented, ranging from Interventional to Oncology, and Medical Physics to Advanced Practice.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director at Canon Medical Systems says, “Customer service is key to Canon’s philosophy and as part of our support for our users and potential users we are pleased to offer educational events that enhance their knowledge and skills. In the past we have enjoyed an excellent response to our educational road shows and this year we have extended the number of venues we visit.” Mark Hitchman continues, “The study days are free to our existing and potential customers and together with the clinical programme, this is part of our Applications for Life policy.”

Feedback received from the events ranged from:

“Very informative and great speakers. Would love to attend more courses by Canon”

“Useful tips & tricks to utilise the system to its full potential”

“It’s been brilliant to meet other users and discuss different topics”

“A very useful study day to attend – thank you”

“Very well organised day. Excellent speakers. thank you”.

To view all of our educational opportunities, please visit the events and courses page on our website. We hope to welcome you at our future events.

Caption: Attendees of the Canon Ultimax-i User Group: Advanced Practice & Beyond.

Spire Gatwick Park Hospital recently acquired Canon Medical Systems X-ray equipment. The Ultimax-i digital X-ray system offers versatility and flexibility, and is able to cover a wide range of clinical imaging and interventional needs, from contrast studies of the GI tract to angiography. Its X-ray tube with liquid metal bearings as standard reduces wear on the system and also reduces noise, which lowers the environmental stress for the patient.

Di Hunter, X-ray Lead Radiographer says, “Spire Gatwick Hospital has recently refurbished the X-ray screening room with a Canon Ultimax-i. The versatility of the C-arm configuration facilitates a wider variety of procedures to be performed in this room, allowing us to relocate some work previously performed in theatre. The radiologists have been impressed by the superb image clarity and ease-of-use, as well as the reduction in patient dose. The room has had significant refurbishment and the new Ultimax-i certainly enriches this, providing an enhanced patient experience.”

Canon Medical Systems’ Ultimax-i comes with a 43 x 43 cm flat panel detector and includes an integrated C-arm that eliminates the need for the patient to be moved from the table.  Capable of performing multi-purpose exams, including conventional X-ray, fluoroscopy and angiography, its innovative design enables AP and PA examinations and provides a multi-directional interactive C-arm system, which ensures an ideal solution for all patients. The new imaging technology ‘Super Noise Reduction Filter’ (SNRF) has been adopted to improve visualisation in fluoroscopy, which is of critical importance in many exams, and the system  also comes with a comprehensive dose reduction programme, which ensures maximum results at the lowest possible dose.

The Ultimax-i offers a laser projector for the under-table tube, which improves accuracy when the X-ray tube is positioned on top, bottom, or on either side laterally. In addition, the ergonomic design of the long, wide handgrips improve patient confidence and comfort in any position.

Photo Caption:  Di Hunter, Lead Radiographer; Ritch Ahorro, Radiographer, Laura Mclennan, Acting Imaging Manager, Dr. Sona Biswas, Consultant Radiologist and Jamile Siddiqui, Account Manager from Canon Medical Systems

People, products & customer service highly rated in recent UK customer satisfaction survey underpinning the company’s vision to become the best customer partner in this sector. 

Canon Medical Systems UK has received excellent feedback recently from its customers via a satisfaction poll of over 200 radiographers, sonographers, clinicians and healthcare business managers. 98% of customers rated products from “good to excellent”, with 99% giving a satisfaction thumbs up to the people and engineers at Canon Medical Systems.

When asked about value for money of the range of medical imaging equipment, 9 out of 10 customers surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied. This signals a company that is in tune with budget pressures in NHS and UK macro healthcare environments.

“Quick, efficient and responsive” was the key qualitative feedback from the survey with respondents rating Canon Medical Systems on its customer service and people. Other comments included, “easy to contact”, “problems rare but when they occur they are sorted out quickly” and “courteous and knowledgeable – the camaraderie within the team is obvious.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK commented, “This latest customer satisfaction survey reveals an increase in positive satisfaction rates over 3 years for our overall customer service with an ‘excellent’ rating up by 11% since 2015. This is great news and testimony to our team of product, service and sales people that have steered the company smoothly through our transition from Toshiba Medical Systems to Canon Medical Systems over the last few years. It really shows that ‘new name, same people, service and technology’ hasn’t just been a strapline.”

He continues, “Our customer satisfaction surveys are a proactive way of keeping close relationships with our customers and keeping a check on our performance as we focus on being the best customer partner in the medical imaging sector. The purchase of medical equipment is just the start of a relationship with Canon Medical Systems and our installation teams, application specialists, engineers and call centre staff ensure that customer needs are met at all times to the highest standard.”

Other key results include:

  • 96% of customers rated customer service from good to excellent
  • 96% of customers were satisfied to very satisfied with installation support
  • 93% of customers were satisfied to very satisfied with the call centre
  • 92% of customers were satisfied to very satisfied with applications specialists
  • 100% of customers rated MR & XR customer service from good to excellent

 

Canon Medical Systems UK provides innovative CT, MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray and Interventional Imaging equipment to meet the challenges of modern medical imaging by improving clinical confidence, streamlining workflow and powering productivity.

Research participants were incentivised to take part in the 2018 survey by a Canon Medical Systems charity donation to Little Hearts Matter, a UK charity offering help to anyone affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition; the Stroke Association, a UK charity working to change the world for people affected by stroke; and a leading national Cancer research charity. A total amount of £2,430 was donated to the nominated charities.

Versatility & innovation of Aplio i-series to be showcased alongside explanation of how clinical confidence and patient outcomes can be enhanced

 A demonstration of Canon Medical Systems’ latest ultrasound technology will be delivered to delegates attending the 50th annual scientific meeting of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS), held in Manchester, 4-6th December 2018.

The Aplio i-series, Canon Medical Systems’ most innovative ultrasound system, will be showcased on stand 7 in the exhibition hall together with hands-on clinical sessions in a private demonstration suite. In addition, seven BMUS workshops will provide practical training to clinicians and sonographers as part of the conference programme: MSK Fundamentals; Advanced MSK; Carotid; Elastography; Perfecting Liver & Doppler Techniques; Bowel; and Interventional.

The Aplio i-series ultrasound system from Canon Medical Systems, formerly known as Toshiba Medical Systems, is designed to power productivity for all clinical disciplines, from Obstetric and Gynae exams, to MSK, and Vascular investigations. The Aplio i-series is compact for excellent manoeuvrability and boasts ultra-wideband transducers that cover the same bandwidth as two conventional probes, providing superior sensitivity and image quality.

The Aplio-i series also features Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI) to expand the range of visible low-velocity microvascular flow seen in diagnostic ultrasound and delivers colour flow visualisation giving greater clinical confidence when evaluating lesions, cysts and tumours. Advanced applications include a wide range of navigation tools to ensure accuracy during or when planning interventional procedures such as biopsies or virtual endoscopies, plus measurement tools for Elastography. Furthermore, the Aplio i-series can be operated from a wireless tablet, beneficial during sterile interventional procedures, or during MSK and vascular exams when it is difficult to reach the panel and scan the patient without losing sight of the monitor. This second console can be invaluable in teaching situations.

Stuart Mills, Ultrasound Director at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “It is the first BMUS annual scientific meeting that Canon Medical Systems has attended since our transition from Toshiba Medical Systems in early 2018. We’re the same great people and look forward to showcasing our unique applications that will help provide confidence and improve clinical outcomes into the future of modern healthcare.”

Are you attending BMUS 2018? Book your live demonstration with our Clinical Applications Specialists! Contact us today.

Photo caption: The Aplio i-series, Canon Medical Systems’ most innovative Ultrasound system, will be showcased on stand 7 in the exhibition hall at BMUS 2018.

 

– Relationship to drive medical research in cardiology, musculoskeletal and sports medicine while simultaneously supporting elite football injury assessment, prevention and ensuring a faster return to the field of play.

Zoetermeer, the Netherlands/Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester United Football Club has announced a renewed multi-year agreement with Canon Medical Systems Europe as its official medical systems partner.

The unique partnership will ensure that world-class players continue to gain instant access to advanced imaging equipment to examine injuries and undertake pre-emptive screening for preventable injuries, improving player welfare and maintaining career longevity at an elite level. The collaboration will also continue to push the boundaries of medical research and through translational methods, will benefit patient populations and healthcare professionals internationally.

The agreement between the two iconic organisations was first signed six years ago and top-of-the-range imaging modalities including CT, MRI and Ultrasound were installed into a dedicated Medical Centre at Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex. The renewed contract will continue the diagnostic imaging partnership benefitting players and staff at Manchester United Football Club, clinical communities operating in sports medicine and ultimately patients in the wider world.

Studies seeking the answers to prevent clinical conditions, improve diagnosis or enhance treatment in the areas of cardiology, musculoskeletal (MSK) and sports medicine are regularly undertaken at the Aon Training Complex. Research initiatives conducted throughout the partnership have been presented at high-level European Cardiology conferences, all of which have been very well received. This includes ‘Musculoskeletal MRI in Football Medicine’ and ‘Exercise Myocardial Performance in Adolescent Athletes’ research to extend knowledge and understanding in the fields of sports medicine.

Mark Holmshaw, President and CEO at Canon Medical Systems Europe, said:

“As we continue to develop our medical system partnership with Manchester United Football Club, we do so with enhanced vigour and innovation strengths following our transition from Toshiba Medical Systems to Canon Medical Systems earlier this year. As part of the Canon Group, we are seeing direct results of our collaboration, taking imaging technologies to the next level. Besides this, we can draw on the 100-year medical system pedigree and presence in over 140 countries to ensure access to the latest product and solutions from our research and development teams. Medical technology powers confident diagnoses, speeds up treatment planning and ensures a faster return to the field of play. It is at the heart of modern healthcare, improving outcomes for everyone, whether that is in sports performance, or wider clinical practice.”

Richard Arnold, Group Managing Director at Manchester United, said:

“We are delighted to extend what has been an excellent partnership with Canon Medical Systems over the past six years. At Manchester United, just like at Canon Medical Systems, we pride ourselves on innovation. Our world-class medical team at Manchester United, partnered with the world-class team at Canon has helped us provide our players with the best possible medical care. The feedback from the medical team has been excellent and it is clear that the partnership is making a real difference to player health and career longevity.”

Dr Steve McNally, Head of Sports Medicine and Science at Manchester United, said:

“During the past six years, our partnership has redefined the standard for medical imaging in elite sport. Daily access to state-of-the-art equipment and intelligent technologies has improved responsiveness to clinical presentations. Most importantly, we have developed a concept of ‘performance imaging’ over and above clinical diagnostics.

“By utilising innovative techniques borne out of shared ideas and experiences from Canon Medical’s wider network of experts, we can now profile and monitor our players in ways we have never done before. This not only enhances athlete health and safety but also provides invaluable information to guide the athletic development process. As part of the partnership, we have also shared data that will assist in improving health services for the general public.”

Caption: Mr. Mark Holmshaw, CEO and President of Canon Medical Systems Europe BV (l) and Mr. Richard Arnold, Group Managing Director, Manchester United Football Club during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Arrowe Park Hospital, part of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, selected Canon Medical Systems Aplio i-600 ultrasound systems to replace its aged scanners. The Trust purchased eleven machines to be installed over four sites:  five scanners for general use at Arrowe Park, plus one mobile system; three scanners located at the Breast Screening unit at Clatterbridge Oncology Hospital, and two systems for outlying community centres.

Gail Green, Ultrasound Manager explains “Our old scanners were supplied by Toshiba (now Canon Medical Systems) and their performance over the years has been extremely reliable, backed up by the excellent support we have received from Toshiba/Canon. Therefore, on the strength of past experience and our long-standing relationship, we decided to stay with Canon. Our decision was reinforced, when we were very impressed with the installation of the new machines and disposal of the old equipment. All systems over the four sites, including the connection to PACS were up and running within two weeks with no hiccups.”   

The Aplio i-600 offers robust performance that can be relied on for a wide range of clinical taks.   Combined with a full range of easy-to-use tools for advanced diagnostics and precise interventional work, it ensures diagnostic confidence and superior productivity.

Gail continues, “We were looking for a work-horse scanner with good image quality and penetration and the Aplio i-600 certainly fits the bill. In addition there is the possibility to upgrade the system should we wish to do so. Another benefit is its small footprint, which makes it less cumbersome and easier to manoeuvre, particularly when taking the machine to the bedside.”    

Photo line up left to right: Margaret Baird, Deputy Radiology Services Manager; Paula Connor, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Gail Green, Ultrasound Manager; Adam Cameron, Trainee Sonographer, and seated, Janette Ogalino-Gittins, Sonographer; Lynn Parkington, Sales Specialist, formerly of Canon Medical Systems; Anne Moreton, Sonographer and Deborah Smith, Ultrasound Clinical Support Worker

University College Hospital (UCLH) recently invested in a Canon Medical Systems CT scanner.  It is the first dedicated Emergency Department CT scanner to be installed at UCLH and is also the first Canon Aquilion Prime SP system in London. The acquisition of this brand new system will reduce the amount of time spent, and distance travelled, by an emergency patient going to the CT scanner in the initial ‘golden hour’. It comes equipped with the latest technology, which reduces dose and improves image quality, thereby increasing diagnostic confidence for the emergency team.

Thea Buchan, CT Superintendent Radiographer at UCHL says, “The installation of the Canon Aquilion Prime SP in our emergency department has revolutionalised the flow of our most critical patients through the imaging service. The scanner has performed excellently, both in terms of image quality and dose optimisation and thereby is improving our patient care.”

The new scanner, an Aquilion Prime SP, provides excellent image quality at the lowest possible dose.  It has been delivered with cardiac and perfusion studies enabled and also comes with Canon’s SURESubtraction software packages. In addition, the vHP Variable Helical Parameters technology allows the scanner to perform three scans within a single acquisition, reducing time on the system, contrast agent used and radiation dose to the patient. A robust, reliable CT system, it also comes with Canon’s technology-assisted couch-top lateral sliding feature, which ensures that patient positioning has never been easier.

Photo line up left to right: Eleanor Vella, Operational Superintendent; Jamile Siddiqui, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Christian Metson, Advanced Radiographer; Aimee Sheldon, Radiographer; Darren Boone, Consultant Radiographer and Thea Buchan, CT Superintendent Radiographer

 

The Hospital of St. John & St. Elizabeth, one of the UK’s leading charitable independent hospitals, recently acquired a Canon Medical Systems Aquilion ONE Genesis CT scanner. The hospital, founded in 1856 under the care of the Sisters of Mercy, an order of nuns who worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War, pioneered the use of advanced nursing techniques to help the sick, dying and needy.  Now based in St. John’s Wood, London, profits are used to fund the on-site hospice, which offers free care to over 4,000 patients and their families every year.

Shila Mistry, the Radiology Service Manager for the hospital comments, “The new Aquilion ONE Genesis CT scanner has very significantly lowered our doses. The radiologists and our referrers are delighted with the image quality and we have had a lot of very positive feedback from the cardiologists.The ability to scan the whole heart in a single rotation, using the wide area detector at low dose, has revolutionised our cardiac service and significantly increased the patient throughput. The dual energy on the scanner is excellent and very-user friendly. Working with Canon as our technology provider was new to us, but we are delighted to be working in partnership with Canon and are very happy with the service and after sales support the company provides””.

The Aquilion ONE Genesis maximises the patient experience during a CT examination and, through intelligent exam protocols, provides excellent image quality with low radiation and contrast dose, tailored to each patient. The scanner, which is smaller and lighter and requires less power than any other premium CT systems, offers a suite of adaptive diagnostic solutions to make complex exams easier and to improve diagnostic precision and reproducibility.

Photo line up left to right: Jamile Siddiqui, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Karen Lucas, Lead Cross-sectional Radiographer; Shila Mistry, Radiology Services Manager, and Karina Box, Senior Radiographer

The Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital, part of the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust recently replaced its single CT simulator with a Canon Medical Systems Aquilion LB CT scanner.   The Beacon Centre offers a radiotherapy service in the Somerset area and treats up to 1700 patients per year. The new equipment, which has been delivered with a Varian respiratory gating system, will assist the Trust in meeting its goals to expand the functionality and performance of the Centre, particularly with reference to an increasing 4D RT workload. In addition to its main employment in radiotherapy planning, the new scanner will also be used for diagnostic scanning to provide the Radiology Department with extra capacity.

Victoria Rata, Radiotherapy Advanced Practitioner and Pre-treatment Team Lead at The Beacon Centre comments, “After a very rigorous evaluation process, we chose Canon Medical Systems to supply our new radiotherapy CT scanner. We are extremely privileged to have had the CT scanner funded by our charity, Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE – http://www.surecharity.org.uk).The incredible work of their fundraisers and supporters helps us to give cutting-edge cancer treatment to the people of Somerset.”  Victoria continues, “Our newly renovated CT suite makes the environment more pleasant and less anxiety-provoking for our patients, contributing to a more positive patient experience, as well as more efficient workflow processes for staff.  We chose to work with Canon as they offered a very friendly, customer-focused approach. This has been consistent throughout all our interactions, including their applications training, which was tailored to meet our needs and enables us to provide the best service to our patients”. Concluding, Victoria says, “In terms of technical specification, the Aquilion LB scanner has the largest bore currently available on the market and, as such, allows us a great deal of freedom when it comes to patient positioning, meaning we can enhance accuracy, but also patient comfort”.

The Aquilion LB, designed with oncology in mind, has the largest CT gantry aperture – 90 cm, available on any CT system. The large bore size removes historic restrictions, making it easy for accurate patient positioning and offering maximum flexibility for treatment planning. It comes with Canon’s latest dose saving software, including AIDR 3D Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction, and dramatically improves planning where metal is present using SEMAR – Single Energy Metal Artefact Reduction – software.

Photo line up left to right: Elinor Barker and Marcus Oakes Senior Radiotherapy Radiographers; Graham Martin, Canon Applications Specialist and Megan Newberry, Canon Account Manager; Victoria Rata, Radiotherapy Advanced Practitioner’ Megan Reeve, Radiotherapy Radiographer and Stuart McGrail, Operations Manager

The Paediatric Radiology Department at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital Trust, recently installed a Canon Medical Systems Aplio i-800 ultrasound system in a purpose-built second paediatric room, with space to allow patients to be transported in their beds or cots, directly into the room for their scans.  The first Aplio i-series system to be installed at the Trust, its new Canon matrix abdominal transducer permits all age groups to be scanned quickly without having to change transducers.  Providing exceptional image quality, the ergonomic design of the system allows for different scan positions, to ensure the child is at ease at all times.

The hospital is looking to raise money for future development of a children’s hospital, with the funding for the new scanner coming from the Trust’s capital.  Commenting on the decision to opt for Canon Medical Systems equipment, Dr. Nigel Broderick, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, says; “The new system achieves better image quality for general abdominal and renal imaging across all age groups, with less need to use several probes to obtain high quality images, compared to other suppliers’ equipment.  We have increased our overall capacity, allowing sonographers to gain competencies in acute and more complex cases.”

Dr. Katharine Halliday, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, adds; “We tried a few machines and the images obtained from the Canon scanner were the best.  The image is lovely and the system is easy to use.  We get much better image quality now and it is particularly good for bowel studies.  We are hoping to have a new department by 2021 and would certainly consider getting more of this particular model.”    

Dr. Joyce Sande, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, also comments, saying; “The equipment has a high standard of quality, which has enhanced diagnostic capability.  It is easy to use and this has enabled us to achieve shorter scanning times, which allows us more time for the scans to be prepared and also indirectly has a positive effect on patient waiting times.  The time spent by the Canon applications specialist with our unit was invaluable and the continued support by Canon has also been appreciated.”   

The new scanner has been delivered with Canon Medical System’s panoramic view for continuous image acquisition and SMI technology, which offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition.  It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnostic ultrasound. The Aplio-i series ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both near and far fields.  As well as helping to reduce costs, the new transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition.

Photo line up left to right: Jackie Chambers, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Paediatric Radiographers, Angela Staley and Vanessa Waspe; Dr. Katharine Halliday, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist and Paediatric Radiographers Lauren Padgett and Clare Cormell.

New survey from Canon Medical Systems UK takes the temperature of diagnostic imaging community

The pace of innovation in medical imaging and the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an enabler for improving radiological diagnosis and reporting are the most exciting opportunities in the UK radiology market right now illustrates a recent survey* by Canon Medical Systems UK. Over half of respondents (52%) cited innovation and AI as what enthuses them most, followed by imaging improving patient outcomes (27%) and the use of diagnostic imaging replacing invasive clinical procedures (21%).

The greatest challenges currently facing radiologists and radiographers were cited as staffing and resource shortages (37%), investment pressures (26%), increasing patient workloads (23%) and ageing equipment (14%).

The values that the UK radiology community placed on working with commercial partners for technology and imaging services were also extracted from the survey. Beyond price and product specifications, respondents highlighted that a strong R&D focus (32%) was a key consideration, followed by an ongoing education commitment (28%). Over a quarter of respondents (25%) also consider organisations having environmental sustainability / green credentials and links to charities as a positive partnership value.

“The UK radiological community feels anxious about staffing shortages and investment pressures yet are excited by the acceleration of medical technology innovation as a panacea for the future of the imaging department,” states Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK. “By taking the temperature of the UK radiological market we can ensure that we keep in tune with fears and hopes of our customer community to ensure we continue working in partnership. This is especially important to us with our renewed R&D focus transitioning from Toshiba Medical Systems to Canon Medical Systems this year.

“We feel confident that innovation in new imaging techniques and applications alongside a flexible approach to capital investment financing solutions, will help with patient demand and department resource pressures to drive the future of modern imaging services. At UKRCO, we unveiled our Vantage Orian 1.5T MRI system, this is an example where an innovative focus on developing quick scanning speeds will power productivity and optimise workflow.”

Gill Harrison, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for the Medical Ultrasound programmes at City, University of London gave her views as part of the survey, she states, “Innovation in AI is an exciting advancement and could make some ultrasound examinations more automated, for example screening, which would free up sonographer time for more complex cases. This would certainly complement the development of a National Career Framework for Ultrasound that is work in progress. Also, further developments in the innovation area of ultrasound ergonomics will support UK ultrasound practitioners. Although much work has been done in improving ultrasound systems and probes to enhance ergonomics and transducer grip for sonographers, there is still more to be done in alleviating work-related musculoskeletal disorders.”

Photo caption: Pace of innovation in medical imaging and emergence of AI are the most exciting opportunities in UK Radiology right now illustrates Canon Medical Systems UK survey.

* Image credit: Dr Jon Bell, Consultant Interventional Radiologist at The Christie Hospital

West Berkshire Breast Screening Service recently acquired an Aplio i-700 series ultrasound system with a 1205 Bx linear matrix array transducer.  As the first Canon Medical Systems ultrasound scanner to be installed at the breast service clinic, the new equipment offers leading-edge technology including elastography software.

Dr. Elizabeth Cave, Clinical Director says, “We selected the Canon system for its excellent image quality, especially penetration and easy visibility of all structures, superficial and deep. The probe is easy to use and we have all the functions on the one probe. In addition to breast imaging, it is also excellent for vascular studies and can be used for other imaging, if needed, but this is less of a consideration as it is so well utilised and needed by the breast imaging service.”

The Aplio i-700 combines outstanding image quality with exceptional ease-of-use and a wide range of expert tools. The ultra-wideband linear transducer provides superior sensitivity and resolution for both near and far field, with its revolutionary design facilitating better imaging regardless of the patient demographics. In addition, especially useful for breast imaging is the added feature of high-frequency shear wave elastography software and Canons unique SMI micro vascular Doppler imaging.

Dr. Cave continues, “We like the simple design of the settings on the ultrasound console, and we think that the equipment is sturdy and will be long lasting. In addition we also had strong recommendations about its functions from other centres. In fact, it is a fantastic asset to our breast unit both screening where it is installed, and also symptomatic breast work. And, lastly, another important factor that influenced our choice was the understanding of unlimited training and the good support provided by Canon Medical Systems.”

Stuart Mills, Sales Director, Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems UK comments, The Aplio i-700 is particularly popular for breast imaging, demonstrating superb image quality, Doppler sensitivity and ease-of-use. Clinicians and Sonographers are able see more information and image detail. The Aplio-i series has advanced elastography and SMI (Superb Micro Vascular) technologies, which can help confidence in diagnosis, with the potential to improve patient outcomes”     

Photo line up left to right: Lisa Wright Ultrasound Applications Specialist, and Iain Dunn, Ultrasound Sales Account Manager, both of Canon Medical Systems; Dr. Elizabeth Cave, Clinical Director, West Berkshire Breast Screening Service; Amanda Melhuish, Consultant Radiographer; Carolyn Denham, Breast Screening Specialist Nurse, (seated) and Dr. Marjon Bell, Consultant Radiologist.

As a result of both the success and popularity of its previously held education events, Canon Medical Systems once again took to the road to visit Scotland as part of its series of CT Dose Optimisation Study Days.  The event was held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow and was fully subscribed, with over forty delegates, some of whom had travelled from as far away as The Western Isles.  Delivered as part of Canon’s Applications for Life commitment, this event was provided free-of-charge to Canon CT customers. The event, aimed at radiographers, included presentations on Image Quality, Noise, its management in CT scanning and Dose Optimisation, supported by practical demonstrations using the Aquilion CT interface software. In addition, the Canon CT modality team presented on Canon Medical Systems’ advanced technologies, covering SEMAR, Dual Energy and SURESubtraction.  With the new regulations coming into force, the team also included an update on IRR 17 & IR(ME)R 17.

Feedback was, once again, very positive. The quality of presentations received high ratings as did the relevance and range of subjects. In addition, almost as highly scored was the quality of the venue and catering. Typical comments included, “Good coverage on a range of topics; very good level of information”, and “I have taken away a lot of information from this course, which will help improve my everyday working practice; very worthwhile”.

Photo: Speakers and delegates at the Scottish CT Dose Optimisation Study Day held in Glasgow

 

 

Professor Perry J Pickhardt delivered the eponymous Mayneord Memorial Lecture titled “The natural history of colorectal neoplasia?” on Monday 2 July to an audience of radiologists, radiographers, scientists and oncologists gathered at UKRCO in Liverpool.

In his engaging talk, Professor Pickhardt said colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.  This is a preventable disease and even early cancers are effectively treatable. In many parts of the developed world it is either under-screened or not screened at all, whilst in parts of the USA arguably too many colonoscopies are performed, which reveal many tiny polyps, very few of which will ever turn into cancer. He went on to describe the optimum screening process using CT colonography and then outlined the polyp to cancer sequence, CT colonography overview, and covered both static and dynamic predictors. He finished with a positive message that a prolonged window exists for colorectal cancer prevention and early detection and that CT colonography is highly attractive for population screening.

Professor Pickhardt has a worldwide reputation as a clinician, academic, and educator in GI imaging. He is currently Chief of Gastrointestinal Imaging at the University Of Wisconsin School Of Medicine and Public Health, and the Medical Director of Cancer Imaging at the centre. Originally graduating in physics, he had a career in the US Navy as a radiologist, including a period at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

BIR President Andy Rogers said “Professor Pickhardt’s talk was a tour-de-force of the current evidence surrounding the diagnosis of colon cancer and the important role of CT Colonography (CTC) in that diagnosis. It was a pleasure to welcome Perry to UKRCO and I wish him every success in forwarding the cause of colon cancer screening by CTC.”

After the lecture, Professor Pickhardt was presented with a commemorative trophy. He said, “I was truly honoured to receive the BIR/Canon Mayneord Award and be given the opportunity to deliver a lecture at UKRCO in Liverpool.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director Canon Medical, who presented the award, said, ”It is crucial that we, as society, take note and act on the extensive knowledge and experience of people like Professor Perry Pickhardt, because early intervention with diseases like colon cancer means outcomes are so much better for patients, and affordable for healthcare systems that are increasingly over stretched”.

The BIR Canon Medical Systems Mayneord Memorial Lecture is an annual award made to an individual or a group of collaborators in recognition of recent or current contributions in the wide and expanding field of radiology. The lecture was founded in 1984 in memory of Professor Val Mayneord CBE FRS, past President of the BIR. The lecture is given at the annual UKRCO.

The award recognises values, skills and contributions at the forefront of medical imaging, in line with its sponsor, Canon Medical Systems’ commitment to education.

The lecture can be viewed on the UKRCO website here https://ukrco.org.uk/webcasts/

Previous recipients include Professor Keith McNeill (2017), Professor Adrian Dixon (2016) Professor Sir Muir Gray (2015), Professor John Buscombe (2014), Professor Richard Ehman (2012), Professor Sir Mike Richards (2011) and Lord Darzi (2010).

Photograph: (left to right) Andy Rogers (BIR President), Mark Hitchman (Managing Director, Canon Medical) and Professor Perry J Pickhardt .

Respect project offers a positive pathway to skills, learning and optimism for disadvantaged young people

 Medical imaging experts, Canon Medical Systems UK has announced its ‘Respect’ project in association with professional basketball team Sheffield Sharks. The unique programme will focus on improving the opportunities for young people to break away from a cycle of disadvantage, giving hope and confidence, plus practical skills to better opportunities in life.

Secondary school exclusion rates in the Sheffield area including Rotherham and Barnsley are some of the highest in the UK1. Each year thousands of children are asked to leave mainstream schools due to behavioural issues that impact on teachers and the learning of other pupils. It is a last resort for schools, but a growing problem.

Working with Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Sharks provides an outreach programme with schools that includes a full time teacher and classroom at their training ground. This facility takes 50-60 children each week between the ages of 9-11 years to provide a focused environment to break the negative cycle of behaviour before they reach secondary school age. Its success includes 100% pass rate in pupils achieving City & Guild qualifications and new found philosophies about teamwork and community by playing basketball and cheerleading.

“The children we receive, many from black and minority ethnic groups, have little exposure to purpose or community in their families or in the areas that they live,” states Sarah Backovic, Managing Director at Sheffield Sharks. “Through the culture of basketball and the team spirit it encourages, we can give people boosted purpose to positively overhaul their direction and have beliefs that they can achieve. In our Respect project we teach them that education and academic qualifications are vital; that health & wellbeing in the areas of food nutrition and online safety are key; and that sport can lift spirits and channel energy in a positive direction. Our philosophy has many synergies with the ethics and ethos at Canon Medical Systems and we are hugely excited about their support to power this project further.”

“The community projects that Sheffield Sharks run attracted our interest as they fuse many of our interest areas in the fields of sports, health and working together for common good,” states Ian Watson, Commercial Solutions Director at Canon Medical Systems UK. “Respect is important in all areas of our lives – it helps us aspire, it makes us friends and is a basic life skill. If we can play a part in changing the lives of young people and breaking the cycles that they are sometimes born into, we can feel satisfied that our initiatives and innovations inside and out of the hospital environment, will make a huge contribution to society.”

In addition to exclusion education, the Canon Medical Systems’ Respect project in association with Sheffield Sharks will provide workshops to schools to educate on respect issues such as cyber-bullying, bullying, health and fitness. The community links also promote getting involved in team sports, such as basketball to channel energies in a constructive way.

Work on a community basketball arena for DBL Sheffield Sharks is due to start this year at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

Photo caption: Mark Hitchman, Managing Director, Canon Medical Systems UK (centre) with other members of the Canon Medical management team and Sheffield Sharks management and players.

Due to the success of previously held educational events, Canon Medical Systems took to the road again with its Aquilion CT Optimisation study days. The first location in the series of three events was Newport, Wales; the roadshow then travelled to London and finally visited York. The events, aimed at Radiographers, covered: Image Quality; Noise and its management in CT scanning; Dose optimisation including practical demonstrations using the Aquilion CT interface software; Advanced Canon Medical Systems technologies, such as SEMAR, Dual Energy and SURESubtraction and an update on IRR 17 & IR(ME)R 17.

Mark Thomas, CT Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems; “We offer these study days, free of charge to our customers, as part of the company’s ‘Applications for Life’ commitment. The programme was designed to support users in getting the most from their equipment, as well as reassuring them that they have continuous support from Canon Medical Systems.”

Feedback on all the individual study days has been very positive. The quality of presentations received high ratings as did the relevance and range of subjects. In addition almost as highly scored were the quality of the venues and the ability for delegates to network.  From the Celtic Manor Hotel, set in the Usk Valley, in Wales, to The Principal Hotel in York, delegates at all the venues enjoyed a stimulating and informative day in relaxed surroundings.

The overwhelming demand from delegates was for the study days to be continued, with comments ranging from: “Please do this every year; more and more please, thank you” to “Can I get on a mailing list for future events?” Other feedback included “Very informative and relevant to everyday practice.”  Presenters were very approachable, and all had excellent knowledge and knew the subject inside out.  Good coverage and relevance.”      

Group Photo taken at London venue

New innovation designed to power productivity, boost clinical confidence & support UK radiography resource pressures, now and into the future  

Canon Medical Systems’ new Vantage Orian MRI system will take centre stage on stand 97 at UKRCO, 2-4 July 2018 in Liverpool. It is the company’s major foray into the premium wide-bore 1.5T market and addresses many of the challenges facing the UK health environment such as increasing patient numbers and specialist resource shortages.

The Vantage Orian MRI will introduce ‘ForeSee View’ as a standard scan planning tool that will help junior and experienced radiographers with procedure planning to deliver accurate and swift image acquisition without the need for repeats. It is particularly useful in anatomies that can be difficult to plan such as pancreas, heart and certain orthopaedic joints.

Quick scanning speeds will further fuel productivity meaning that more patients can be seen during service hours. This will help to meet waiting targets, provide emergency frontline support and deliver a much-needed boost to morale in UK imaging departments. New fast 3D functionality, for example, can reduce scan times by up to 50%* for different contrast weighted images at the same time as maintaining homogeneity and fat suppression.

Vanessa Ellis, MR Product Specialist at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “This is an exciting new product launch in the UK for people seeking a MRI that is fast, easy-to-use and versatile for high productivity and clinical confidence. This builds on our existing MRI portfolio, stepping into the premium end of the market as we innovate in tune with the needs of target audiences and under our new brand R&D strategies.”

The Vantage Orian offers a range of new Rapid Scan and Easy Tech technology that further reduces scan time and helps improve workflow. A redesigned gantry interface and dockable table ensure easy patient handling. Plus, new applications like Multiband SPEEDER, that can reduce scan times for diffusion imaging by at least half, expanding the range of clinical applications; and achieve up to x8 accelerated imaging with k-t SPEEDER for high frame rate cardiac cine and perfusion imaging with free breathing.

The Vantage Orian is also compact in size, with one of the smallest footprints in the 1.5T wide-bore class and adheres to Canon Medical System’s carbon consciousness featuring a low power eco feature that reduces energy use by up to 21%**. Patient friendly features include a slim and compact design, wide 71cm bore to put people at ease, and a whisper quiet procedure from Pianissimo™ and Pianissimo Zen technology.

Information on the Canon Medical Systems’ Applications for Life Programme will also be available to visitors at UKRCO. The scheme provides complimentary lifetime support for customers to ensure maximum system know-how to meet imaging service demands. This includes continual knowledge development on new scanning techniques, training in tune with staff changes and access to CPD accredited study days.

The Vantage Orian was first launched into Europe at ECR 28 February – 2 March 2018.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director at Canon Medical Systems UK

Improving the delivery of frontline diagnostic imaging services for the NHS and private healthcare providers is a priority to support the increasing number of patients coming through the doors. Quick and accurate scanning gives clinicians the information they need to make confident clinical decisions to send people into the correct treatment pathway. At the same time, energy consumption to power medical technology in imaging departments is the highest across the NHS estate1. This consumption is growing steadily accounting for over 50% of a hospital’s energy cost currently more than £400 million per year2. But what about the cost to our natural environment and climate?

NHS carbon emissions higher than Heathrow Airport

In 2012, the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions attributable from NHS England were greater than the annual emissions from all aircraft departing from Heathrow Airport3. The same report detailed that in 2012/13, 59% of NHS carbon emissions were linked to procured goods whilst 24% to direct energy use in buildings and 17% to patient and staff travel.

The good news is that a concerted focus on carbon reduction in the UK as a whole – with the aim to reduce UK greenhouse gas by at least 80% by 2050 – has boosted awareness in all industries to innovate in tune with sustainability.

The latest NHS carbon footprint report4 by NHS England, published in January 2016 based on 2015 data, shows that the current NHS carbon footprint in England is 22.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (MtCO2e) and that between 2007 and 2015 the carbon footprint has reduced by 11%. It is great news that progress is being made and that the health of our planet is on the same agenda as improving the health of our nation.

However, CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere is still a critical problem with 2016 figures5 showing a record high. If it continues, it will lead to unpredictable changes in the global climate system such as higher temperatures, flooding and other extreme conditions that will have a knock-on effect to healthcare needs. Just because targets are in place and footprints are reducing it doesn’t mean awareness and initiatives should wane.

Canon Medical: the only UK medical equipment provider to be carbon neutral

In 2018, Canon Medical Systems UK was proud to announce a sustainable milestone offsetting 20,000 tonnes of CO2 from ultrasound, X-ray, CT or MRI systems installed into UK hospitals over the past 3.5 years. Achieving this carbon offset milestone meant that not only was it the only UK medical equipment provider to be a carbon neutral business meeting all PAS2060 requirements by the British Standards Institute, but also that the scheme had helped more than 22,000 people, including 12,000 children, in rural Uganda and Kenya. So, at the same time as our medical imaging innovations help UK patients, thousands of people are helped in developing nations. Canon Medical Systems is now working towards becoming a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals partner.

Our scheme works by calculating the carbon footprint of each Canon Medical Systems imaging product used in the daily prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients in NHS and private hospitals. This considers the elements involved in manufacture, packaging, shipping and average energy usage for the standard lifetime of a system. Each month, UK sales figures are translated into tonnes of carbon and offset to a high impact project in a developing country to help to improve mortality, health, quality of life and female empowerment.

A sale in the UK helps to improve health and wellbeing in the developing nations

For example, a Canon Medical 3T MRI system has a carbon offset footprint of 306.31 tonnes which then helps 342 people in Kenya and Uganda via cooking stoves and water borehole projects. Cooking on open fires is a big health issue in developing nations with World Health Organisation figures stating that there are 3.8 million premature deaths per year from non-communicable diseases such as stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer6.

The Canon Medical Systems UK carbon offset scheme, managed by specialists CO2balance and monitored by the United Nations, provides 47 modern fuel-efficient stoves per 3T MRI system sold. This reduces the amount of smoke particles in a family home, the equivalent of 2 packets of inhaled cigarettes per day. The amount of firewood needed is also halved delivering further environmental and quality of life positives, such as time savings on wood collection so children do not miss school, and lessening deforestation benefitting wildlife habitats and flood prevention.

The same process is applied across the range of medical imaging technologies – a 1.5T MRI scanner sale offsets a carbon footprint of 226.78 tonnes going towards helping 254 people in rural villages; a CT scanner offsets 77.46 tonnes to help 87 people; an X-ray system offsets 81.33 tonnes to help 91 people; and every Ultrasound system is calculated to have a total footprint offset of 5.47 tonnes to positively impact 7 people in Africa.

Carbon offset is just one part of sustainable commitments

The long term quest in the R&D labs is to produce next generation medical imaging systems that consume less energy to therefore emit less CO2 plus cost less to run over their lifetimes. Our carbon offset initiative is a quick way to illustrate our ethics and ethos, but technical equipment innovation takes a bit more time.

We are proud to have made some inroads in this area and earlier this year our Aquilion ONE GENESIS CT Scanner was awarded Gold at the Green Apple Environmental Best Practice Awards, an annual international campaign to recogise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. The CT was recognised as smaller and lighter than its predecessors, thus requiring less power and is built to deliver lower levels of exposure dose to patients. It has been designed for an installation space of just 19m2 to reduce the need for hospitals to undertake costly and energy emitting renovations.

Our CT systems innovation also features advanced standby functionality to draw less energy when not in use, while also borrowing ideas from the world of Formula One racing, with Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) applied to our gantry designs. When the gantry decelerates from spinning it recovers energy thus drawing less electricity to power its use.

Kyosei at the heart of our values

So why are we concerned about the natural environment and our contribution to its wellbeing? It’s not just about ticking the Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) box, it’s from a Canon company philosophy called ‘Kyosei’, a Japanese word that means living and working together for the common good. It has shaped our 80 year pedigree and our values; the way we treat people and conduct our business. It also means that we’re serious about taking responsibility for the impact of our activities, respecting our customers, plus the communities and countries we operate within, including our natural environment.

As we celebrate the 70th birthday of our treasured NHS, we feel putting heart and soul, ethics and ethos, into the future of medical imaging innovation is a long-term investment that our brand, our customers and the environment will all benefit from.

Canon Medical Systems recently supplied Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary with a state-of-the-art Aquilion Prime SP CT system.   The new system, which replaced an existing Aquilion 64 scanner was launched in 2017, and is the first of its type to be installed in Scotland    It incorporates cutting-edge technologies designed to meet current, as well as future, healthcare needs.

Commenting on the new installation, Christine West, Superintendent CT Radiographer says, “Our previous Aquilion 64 system performed well and was well supported by both applications and service.”

The hospital has recently moved to a brand new building, which highlighted the need for reliable service and support.   Christine adds, “Our team not only appreciated the new advances in technology that the Aquilion Prime SP brought and the positive impact that these advances would bring to their work, but just as important was the relationship that they had with Canon Medical Systems’ personnel.   The strong relationship meant that they felt secure and supported with the move to the new site and that they were dealing with a manufacturer that they trust.”

Christine continues, “Since the Aquilion Prime SP has been in use there has been a significant improvement in dose, which impressed the staff, and other technologies, such as SEMAR, have also been well received.   The Tech Assist Lateral Slide couch has made life easier for the radiographers and is therefore likely to have a positive impact on patient experience and comfort, along with saving time.”

The Aquilion Prime SP is a robust, reliable CT system, which provides excellent image quality at the lowest possible dose.   The system has a wide range of integrated technologies to ensure that excellent outcomes are reproducible for every patient, regardless of size and shape.   The system is supported by a highly skilled and dedicated support team of engineers and applications specialists enabling the clinical team to get the very best out of the system for the whole duration of its installation.

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Shown here, left to right, Valerie Grierson, Interim Radiology Services Manager; Dr. Petr Hrobar, Consultant Radiologist; Paul Wilson, Radiographer; Dr. Joseph Lastik, Consultant Radiologist; Christine West, CT Superintendent, Iain Gray, Account Executive, Canon Medical Systems, Kirstin McMurray, Specialist Radiographer and Lynn Wilson, Healthcare Support Worker

Precise patient positioning, unique extremity imaging & rapid single rotation cardiac scanning cited as key innovations to support service needs

To meet increasing demands in cardiac CT and futureproof its general imaging capabilities, Croydon University Hospital has upgraded its CT scanner to a Aquilion ONE™ GENESIS Edition CT from Canon Medical Systems.

Cardiac CT is now the first-line investigation for all patients presenting with chest pain due to suspected Coronary Artery Disease. This change in NICE guidelines, away from invasive coronary angiography to cardiac CT, has resulted in an increased workload for NHS imaging departments. At Croydon University Hospital cardiac lists are increasing to represent over a quarter (26%) of its daily scanning workload.

The Aquilion ONE™ GENESIS Edition CT scanner is the fastest in the NHS, boasting 135 millisecond scanning of the entire heart in half a rotation without distortion artefacts and at the lowest possible dose. This fast scanning speed and superior image outputs give a higher level of clinical confidence for treatment planning.

“The new Aquilion ONE CT from Canon Medical Systems replaces an ageing piece of equipment to bring our CT imaging strategy firmly up to date. Growing cardiac CT lists and general imaging workload pressures will now be met confidently and innovatively,” states Anne Geoghegan, CT Superintendent at Croydon University Hospital, part of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. “We are also particularly impressed by the Lateral Assist functionality on the scanner that moves the table side-to-side ensuring accurate placement of the patient in the isocentric beam. This reduces manual handling and ensures detailed image quality at the lowest possible dose.”

Laser Collimation functionality further uniquely positions the Aquilion ONE™ GENESIS Edition CT scanner as one-of-a-kind to meet the versatility of imaging demands. No scanogram is required during imaging planning, lowering dose and shortening set-up time.

Anne Geoghegan, CT Superintendent at Croydon University Hospital continues, “The ability to do extremity imaging such as wrists and elbows from a chair through the CT bore, without patient placement on the table, is another unique feature that we are really impressed with. It means that we can be very precise without needing to irradiate the rest of the body.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “The speed of our CT scanning is truly amazing – an entire image of the heart at nearly the same rate as the speed of light to travel around the world, or an entire liver in the blink of an eye. These innovations at the frontline of patient care in the NHS, will help support the clinical and service demands facing radiographers and radiologists today. We are very pleased to have been selected by Croydon University Hospital to work in partnership to futureproof its CT imaging equipment and we will continue to support with maintenance, service and training.”

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Tessa Sanderson CBE, Olympic gold medallist with family links to Croydon, opens the new Aquilion ONE™ GENESIS Edition CT from Canon Medical Systems at Croydon University Hospital.

[Left to right]: Jamile Siddiqui, Account Manager at Canon Medical Systems; Anne Geoghegan, CT Superintendent at Croydon University Hospital; Mike Bell, Chairman of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust; Tessa Sanderson CBE, Six times Olympian athlete; Simone O’Connor, Superintendent Radiographer at Croydon University Hospital; and Dr Ketul Patel, Lead Consultant Radiologist at Croydon University Hospital.

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust recently acquired a Canon Medical Systems’ Aplio i-700 ultrasound system for its Breast Unit.   Based on positive experience with Canon’s equipment, the hospital opted to replace its Aplio XG scanner with the very latest version of the company’s Aplio i-series.

The unit runs a symptomatic breast clinic for Bedford and the surrounding areas, and Sarah Rainford, Consultant Radiographer in breast imaging, commenting on the reasons for selecting Canon Medical Systems, says, “The Aplio i-700 fulfils our wish list.  We are achieving stunning image quality and we also appreciate its ease-of-use due to prior knowledge of the equipment.   We particularly like the movable screen height on the monitor and we are also very satisfied with the excellent support we receive from Canon Medical Systems.”

The new scanner has been delivered with a 1205Bx high frequency probe.   The multiple frequency design of the probe encompasses the traditional 6 and 3.75 MHz curved transducers in one unit, an innovation which saves on cost and promotes efficiency of use since the need for switching during an exam is negated.  It provides superior sensitivity and resolution for both near and far field, and this revolutionary transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition.

Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually assist the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency.  In order to facilitate faster ultrasound exams, the system also features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes mage adjustments, automatically, without pushing a button.   In addition, with flexible panel height adjustment, lateral slide and a fully articulating monitor arm, the Aplio i-series allows the user to optimally adjust the console to virtually any scanning position.

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Shown, left to right, Lisa Wright, Ultrasound Applications Specialist Canon Medical Systems; Christian Kasmeridis Radiology Clinical Service Manager; Dr. George Stasinos, Consultant Radiologist Lead of Breast Imaging; Barbara Jaggard, Specialist Radiographer and Glenys Wiltsher, HCA, Radiology Department

Canon Medical Systems’ Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT system was recently installed at BMI The Priory Hospital in Edgbaston, the largest independent sector hospital in the region.

Fiona Cawley, CT Lead Radiographer comments,”We are thrilled with our new scanner.   The image quality is amazing and the lower dose is better for our patients.  We are excited at the possibility of restarting cardiac studies.  The bigger gantry gives better access and makes positioning easier.   All our radiographers love the new system, and its ease-of-use.   The Canon Medical Systems technical and applications personnel are very supportive and nice to deal with.”   

Going beyond the evolution of dynamic volume CT, the Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition has been re-engineered to achieve ultimate performance with an optimised imaging chain that takes imaging to a new level of detail and resolution, balanced for each clinical question and patient at the right dose.

The patient-centric design of the Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition with its unique flared gantry, 78cm bore and wide patient couch provides a comfortable and calming wide-open space for an improved patient experience and also enables easy access for the clinician from both sides of the system.  Laser collimation allows the scan field-of-view and range to be set directly on the patient, speeding up the examination time and further reducing dose.  .

The wide area detector allows whole organ coverage in one rotation which, when used in conjunction with SURECardio software, enables robust, reliable and reproducible single beat acquisition in cardiac studies.  The system is supplied with a Vitrea Extend workstation, an advanced visualisation solution that complements the extensive capabilities of the Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT system.

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Shown here (left to right) Tony Avery, Executive Director, BMI The Priory, Edgbaston; Fiona Cawley, CT Lead Radiographer; Barnaby Harrison, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Suad Hashi, CT Radiographer and Graham Martin, CT Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems

Canon Medical Systems followed up on its successful CT study days, held in 2016, and aimed at Medical Physicists, by running a series of courses entitled ‘Canon Medical Systems technologies – a physicist’s perspective’.  The events were held in Glasgow, Manchester and Oxford, with invitees including Clinical Scientists, Radiation Protection Advisors, Medical Physics Experts and Radiation Physicists.   The course was provided as part of Canon Medical Systems’ Applications for Life promise and offered free-of-charge to delegates.

The day opened with a review of key points that emerged from the previous study days, followed by ‘Noise and its management in CT scanning’, with an explanation of the core elements on a CT scanner that contribute to noise in images and affect their quality.  Also included was theory on image generation and viewing modes.

Two sessions were held during the day on dose optimisation. The first part covered dose reduction technologies available on Canon Medical Systems’ new Aquilion CT scanners and included a background explanation of how each of the technologies results in dose reduction and their application in optimising dose.

The morning session ended with an IRR & IR(ME)R update and a review of what has changed in the regulations and how it will affect CT, dose management and DICOM dose reports. This was presented by David Platten, MSc CSci, MIPEM, Principal Physicist at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

After lunch the second of the dose optimisation session consisted of using a demo unit and the latest software to give a practical demonstration of the technologies covered in part I and their effect

Finally the meeting looked at the advanced technologies that enhance diagnostic image quality, whilst keeping doses low. This also included Canon Medical Systems’ SEMAR Dual Energy and Subtraction software, covering theory, protocols and clinical applications.

Positive feedback was received at all three events about the relevance and range of the information delivered and the quality of the presentations, with the delegates rating the events even higher than the previous study days.

Comments included “Extremely knowledgeable presenters: Thorough, comprehensive, good balance without too much bias”, “Clinical talk was very useful to put it all into context”, “Virtual scanner was Very Useful!!”,  “Thank You for arranging the day – very informative.”

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Group photo at Oxford venue

Canon Medical Systems’ Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT system was recently installed at Arrowe Park Hospital, a large acute hospital and part of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Gail Green, CT/Ultrasound Manager explains, “The new Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition scanner benefits from a flared gantry which we find can alleviate worries from anxious patients.   This improves patient experience whilst also allowing staff better access to the patient.   The system is consistently performing exceptional quality scans at lower doses and with less contrast agent than we have been able to achieve before.”   Gail continues, “We chose Canon Medical Systems to deliver our new CT system as we have been impressed with the efficiency of Canon’s service provision in the past and are confident that they are able to continue to provide us with a high quality customer service.”

The Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition transforms routine imaging to new levels of image detail and low contrast resolution, balanced for each clinical question to the right dose.  A completely redesigned X-ray system from photon generation to beam distribution and detection is the basis of  PUREVision Optics, resulting in a better balance between image quality and dose.   It comes with a reconstruction speed of 80 fps, and is also equipped with Canon Medical Systems’ low dose software, AIDR 3D Enhanced.

The Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition comes with a wide 78 cm bore for improved access to the patient from both the rear and front of the gantry, and a gantry tilt of ±30 degrees. The system is equipped with Canon Medical Systems’ Tech Assist Lateral Slide technology to ensure safety and comfort. Using SUREPosition the patient can be remotely positioned into the exact iso-centre, ensuring best practice in CT accuracy.

The installation was a turnkey project provided by Canon Medical Systems with the new ‘tech room’ freeing up space and making the scan room environment more relaxed.  During the installation period, Canon Medical Systems supplied Arrowe Park Hospital with a relocatable CT scanner so that installation did not impact on capacity and workflow.

Gail Green adds, “The Canon Medical Systems’ design team configured the existing area to maximise the available examination room space, as we were compromised by the space we had initially when looking at new systems.  The new area design allowed us to remove the computer cabinets to an adjoining room so that we could de-clutter the scan room.”

With three Canon systems in use at Arrowe Park, Canon Medical Systems is now the sole provider of CT scanning at the hospital.

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Shown here, (left to right) Colin Murray, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Pam Black, Radiology Service Manager; Linda Horsfall, District Sales Manager, North & Scotland, Canon Medical Systems; Karl Taylor CT Principal Radiographer; Yvonne Jones, Clinical Service Lead for Radiology; Gail Green, CT/Ultrasound Manager; Dr, Dan Earnshaw, Consultant Radiologist and Jennie Brady, CT Radiographer

Airedale NHS Trust recently purchased two Canon Medical Systems Aplio i-700 ultrasound systems, one system for use in the hospital, and the second system for the Keighley Medical Centre. Users at both sites are now able to enjoy state-of-the-art technologies such as such Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), and ultra wide-band i-series transducers.

Both systems will be used as ‘work horse’ machines. The Airedale Hospital scanner has been purchased for the antenatal clinic where it is anticipated that the improved image quality will enable the clinic to shorten waiting times and also cut down on the number of patients having to be called back for rescans. The system at Keighley Medical Centre is used for all disciplines within ultrasound, including abdominal, gynaecological, obstetric and vascular scanning.

The new systems replaced two existing units and the Trust selected the Canon Medical Systems for their image quality, reliability, as well as the excellent customer services support.   They also like the ‘look’ of the new platform and its ease-of-use due to fewer buttons and a larger touch screen.   In addition, the fast boot-up times makes the starter of the day much quicker.

The i-700 series features new beam-forming technology, iBeam, which optimises the efficiency of the beam, increasing penetration, spatial resolution and contrast resolution, while at the same time, reducing artefacts and clutter. It also comes with intelligent Dynamic Micro-Slice (iDS), which increases clinical accuracy and reveals more detail in all depths by electronically sharpening the imaging slice thickness.

SMI offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition. It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnosis ultrasound. The ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both the near and far field.

Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity and iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition,, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.

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Shown here (left to right), Sonographers Susan Oates, Nicola Willoughby Lorna Gray and Christina Henry with Canon Medical Systems’ representatives: Jo Bertelsen, Ultrasound Account Manager and Louise Higgins, Ultrasound Applications Specialist

Canon Medical Systems returned to Barcelona Football Club for its MRI users meeting. The agenda, which covered two days, concentrated on men and women’s health.

With a full and exciting agenda, the two-day meeting was enthusiastically received by participants, with delegates commenting positively on a very informative, well organised and enjoyable meeting that provided an opportunity, in addition to the formal lectures, to meet and network with other users.

The first session covered men’s health, concentrating on prostate cancer. The opening presentation by Dr. Jurgan Futterer from Nijmegen, the Netherlands covered the anatomy of the prostate, detailing where the cancer was most likely to be situated, size of the zones, how the cancer is scored using the Gleason score and the importance of the tumour extent and tumour volume. This was followed by session on the technical aspects of prostate cancer imaging, highlighting the use of multi-parametric studies. Gleason scoring for Radiologists was then covered, together, followed by explanation of the post-processing tool PIRAD 1 and 2. The morning closed with a presentation on ‘Pitfalls and non-visible tumours’.             

The afternoon opened with a session entitled ‘A plea for MR-targeted biopsies, followed by ‘Staging of prostate cancer’ and ‘MR-guided focal therapy’. The day ended with practical demonstrations, including a real-time ultrasound with MRI fusion demo, using a 3D MRI data whist performing live ultrasound. The data registration and set-up took only approximately three minutes, which reduces the exam time whilst giving good pathological information.   After the meeting had closed, delegates were given a demonstration and overview of Olea Medical’s software and the opportunity to use the Olea workstations in the congress hall to post-process a number of prostate patient cases.

Day Two covered women’s health: breast imaging, opening with an overview of technical requirements for breast imaging. This was followed by Dr. Pau Palana from Barcelona who presented on Beast MRI, indications and level of evidence, focussing on the screening of high-risk women’. This was followed by a lecture on’ MRI examination of the high risk dense breast’, which concluded that MRI allows an early detection of breast cancer. Advanced MRI techniques were then discussed, including fMRI, contrast and fast MRI screening. Olea Medical also presented its breast post-processing platform.  The day closed with a look at future developments in breast MRI. Throughout the two days, the presentations were interspersed with discussions and questions and answer sessions.

Feedback included “Thank you to everyone for a brilliant couple of days. It was great meeting lovely, like-minded people! Hopefully we will all meet up again at some point,” and“It was indeed a great time, with lots of helpful information which will be put into practice.” Another delegate, commenting of the networking opportunities said, “Many thanks to Canon Medical Systems for the user meeting. We were really spoilt and felt like VIPS.   It was great meeting you all – likewise radiography is a small world and hopefully we will meet up again sometime.”   

 Delegates also enjoyed a tour around Barcelona Football Club followed by a tapas dinner in the restaurant at the club.

Photograph caption: Two of the UK participants won the quiz and received FCB shirts as a prize. Shown on the left Kumaar Thiagarajan, Senior MRI Radiographer at Lewisham & Green NHS Trust and on the right Shyam Bheemreddy, Senior Radiographer at Vista Diagnostics InHealth, Waterloo, London

The Holly Private Hospital, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, recently acquired a Canon Aquilion Prime SP 160-slice cardiac CT scanner.   The new equipment, which replaced an existing 16-slice system, equips the hospital with the very latest in cutting-edge technology, including Vitrea Extend ‘thin-client’ workstation with cardiac and ColonCAD post-processing.

The new system is a welcome addition to the advanced suite of imaging technology at The Holly Private Hospital and ensures that the award-winning private hospital has the most advanced cross-sectional platforms in the local area.

At the official opening of the scanner, David Henderson, Hospital Director said, “We welcome this huge investment in our imaging technology, which demonstrates our commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare to our patients.   A particular big thank you goes to Michele Fox, Imaging Services Manager, who did a fantastic job in managing the new CT scanner project.”

Speaking about the investment, Michele Fox, Imaging Services Manager and Aspen Group Radiology Lead said, “The new Canon Medical Systems Aquilion Prime SP 160 CT scanner provides excellent image quality at the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient, using the latest scanning technology.   It allows us to carry out exams covering all parts of the anatomy, but what’s really exciting is that we can now offer cardiac angiography CT scanning at The Holly.   We are so excited to be able to offer our patients and referrers the most advanced imaging technology in CT scanning and look forward to welcoming even more patients to The Holly in the coming months.”

The Aquilion Prime SP, which was purchased to cover a wide range of diagnostic CT examinations, including cardiac studies, will also be used for radiotherapy planning.   The standard 78cm bore of the gantry enables good access for the CT fluoro package as well as for radiotherapy planning.

During installation of the new equipment, The Holly Private Hospital used one of Toshiba’s (now Canon) mobile CT scanners, comprising an Aquilion PRIME 160-slice cardiac CT system.   This allowed the hospital to provide a seamless CT service, while enabling works and CT installation took place.   Another key benefit of this mobile solution was that the radiography staff could be trained on the new CT system ahead of the actual one being delivered and installed.  The Holly Private Hospital took advantage of a full turnkey solution as provided by Canon Medical Systems, utilising Apollo Building Services Ltd.

The Aquilion Prime SP is capable of generating 160 slices per rotation using the coneXact™ reconstruction algorithm.  High speed rotation allows rapid data acquisition, which, in conjunction with fast reconstruction times, further improves throughput, reducing the time required for diagnosis.

The new system has been delivered by an array of software including cardiac CT, Variable Helical Parameters, SURESubtraction neuro, lung and ortho packages, and CT fluoro.    In addition, the radiotherapy capability includes RT indexed couch inlay and LAP Dorado Lasers.

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Shown here left to right, Dr. Lorraine Kelly, Director of Nursing & Clinical Services; Colin Pellow, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Dr. Nicholas Reading, Consultant Radiologist; Michele Fox, Imaging Services Manager/Aspen Group Radiology Lead; David Henderson, Hospital Director; Mayur Zaveri, CT Lead/MRI Reporting Radiographer, and Simon Weeden, Branch Manager, Canon Medical Systems

Positive benefits will cascade from acquisition to support NHS and private healthcare

The transition of Toshiba Medical Systems to Canon Medical Systems UK is complete and it not only brings a name change, but also fresh energy, greater access to innovations and an expanding portfolio of world class imaging systems.

The UK team will continue to support NHS and private healthcare institutions with products, solutions and services. But by now being part of Canon Medical Systems Corporation, the UK team will be able to further their support of imaging professionals and hospital management facing unprecedented challenges from increasing imaging demand, skills shortages and budget constraints.

A 2018 programme of Canon Medical Systems UK study days are in place available to view online at https://uk.medical.canon/courses/. These are designed for radiographers, sonographers, radiologists, cardiologists and neurologists to fully optimise their knowledge of the systems and applications they use. This will ensure that systems are used to their full potential, delivering not only a sound return on imaging investment, but also that patients can benefit from the latest techniques being used to diagnose or manage their clinical conditions.

This new chapter will accelerate R&D into the design of imaging systems that are patient-friendly, while powering workflow productivity in today’s modern healthcare environment. This will be underpinned by Canon’s heritage of providing state-of-the-art innovation and support to over 140 countries and regions.

“It’s a new name, but it’s the same great people, world-class service, innovative solutions and a shared philosophy of ‘Made for Life’,” states Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems Ltd. “Moving from Toshiba Medical Systems to Canon Medical Systems is a huge opportunity for our customers, employees and wider stakeholders. The patient is still at the heart of what we do, but as part of a larger organisation we can gain access to greater research and development opportunities to power innovation and support humanity. It seems apt that the same year that the NHS has its 70th birthday, we transition to be part of a global institution with a 100-year history and commitment to improving the quality of life for all.”

He continues, “Our sustainability targets and earth-friendly initiatives will continue under the Canon Medical Systems brand, showing our commitment to our planet and its finite resources. We work to a Voluntary Environmental Plan that follows a cycle of making, using, returning and reusing. This actively reduces waste in manufacturing sites plus reduces CO2 emissions at our office, our transport fleet and throughout the entire production and lifecycle of medical equipment used by UK hospitals. Canon’s corporate philosophy is ‘Kyosei’, a Japanese word that means living and working together for the common good. In this spirit, we have minimised waste during this organisational transition and name change by donating over 350 pieces of Toshiba Medical Systems branded clothing to a local homeless charity and handing over redundant brand stationery such as notepads and pens to our local hospital in Crawley.”

 

Professor Perry J. Pickhardt will be delivering the BIR/Canon Memorial Lecture at UKRCO on Monday 2 July 2018.  His lecture will be titled “The Natural History of Colorectal Neoplasia”.

Professor Pickhardt has a worldwide reputation as a clinician, academic, and educator in GI imaging. He is currently Chief of Gastrointestinal Imaging at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Medical Director of Cancer Imaging at the center. Originally graduating in physics, he had a career in the US Navy as a radiologist, including a period at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

CT colonography and colorectal cancer screening are among Professor Pickhardt’s clinical and research interests, along with machine learning/artificial intelligence, oncologic imaging, and opportunistic CT screening. His work in abdominal imaging has resulted in over 400 scientific publications and book chapters, as well as multiple textbooks and he has received the best paper award at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiology on four occasions. He was named “Most Influential Radiology Researcher” by auntminnie.com in 2016.

The BIR Canon Mayneord Memorial Lecture is an annual award made to an individual or a group of collaborators in recognition of recent or current contributions in the wide and expanding field of radiology. The lecture was founded in 1984 in memory of Professor William Valentine Mayneord CBE FRS, past president and honorary member of the BIR. The lecture is given at the annual UKRCO.

Canon Medical Systems sponsors this BIR award which recognises values, skills and contributions at the forefront of medical imaging, as it is in line with Canon Medical Systems’ commitment to education.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK said, “Canon Medical Systems is delighted to support the BIR and this award and we look forward to learning from Professor Pickhardt, who is one of the top experts in his field.”

Andy Rogers, President of the BIR, said, “The BIR Mayneord lecture has a long tradition of delivery by top educators and clinical leaders, and with Professor Pickhardt delivering this year’s lecture, the tradition is admirably continued. I would also like to thank Canon Medical Systems for sponsoring this award for the next three years.”

Previous recipients include Professor Keith McNeil (2017), Professor Adrian Dixon (2016,  Professor Sir Muir Gray (2015), Professor John Buscombe (2014), Professor Richard Ehman (2012), Professor Sir Mike Richards (2011) and Lord Darzi (2010).

 

Launch at The Hive London, home of Barnet Football Club, is a blueprint for national chain of elite diagnostic clinics closer to the community

 A unique imaging centre in North London has today officially opened its doors to patients following accreditation from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The Imaging Centre Limited (TIC) at Barnet Football Club’s Hive Stadium is the first in a series of planned diagnostic centres built to improve community access to CT, MRI, ultrasound and X-ray imaging examinations in a high-calibre environment. It will include the latest advanced imaging equipment from Canon Medical Systems.

Patients can be referred by their GP, NHS or Private Consultant and be scanned within days – much quicker than the non-urgent NHS referral-for-treatment 18-week wait commitment. This will greatly speed up diagnosis, improve clinical decision making and treatment planning, thus reducing the anxiety and frustration experienced by some patients who are concerned by symptoms or experiencing pain. The facility will open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, extending to 24 hours as demand requires. The non-clinical feel to the centre will help draw in nervous patients who may usually decline diagnostic appointments. It will also provide easy and plentiful on-site parking.

TIC will continue to provide imaging examinations to Barnet Football Club players, managing or preventing injuries and optimising training schedules based on individual anatomies. It also offers local cricket, rugby and athletic clubs a discreet imaging facility for sports medicine.

“Skill shortages in the NHS are acute and the demand for innovative imaging scans as a frontline diagnostic test is outstripping capacity at most NHS hospitals,” states Richard Bartlett, Chief Operating Officer at The Imaging Centre. “Our aim with TIC at Barnet Football Club is a blueprint

for further community based imaging centres where patients can be seen quickly using the latest

technology. Clinicians can swiftly gain access to detailed images and reports that they need to make an accurate and informed diagnosis. Greater imaging capacity across the UK will mean an improved flow of healthcare referrals that support the NHS and improve the overall wellbeing of local communities.”

TIC offers imaging equipment not currently found in other local North London hospitals or clinics. This includes the UK’s first Vantage Galan 3T MRI from Canon Medical Systems which puts patient comfort and highly detailed images for accurate diagnosis at the heart of its design. 3T MRI scanners are known to be extremely noisy but the Galan is the quietest MRI on the market, emitting a 63dB acoustic noise when scanning with its Pianissimo Zen sequences. This is only 2dB above ambient noise from every sequence scanned, significantly lower than the average MRI scanner noise level of 150dB. Patient anxiety is known to be reduced with a quieter scan. The Galan MRI also has a wide and short scanner bore hole for a more pleasant patient experience, which helps to reduce any patient movement, ensuring highly detailed images, which are better for clinical review,  interpretation and diagnosing with clinical confidence. An Aquilion One Genesis Edition CT scanner, Aplio i-series ultrasound scanner and Radrex Digital X-ray, all from Canon Medical Systems are also installed to provide a spectrum of diagnostic imaging tests for most clinical needs.

A fleet of 9 relocatable imaging systems are also part of the TIC business portfolio. Hospitals across the UK can hire the mobile trailers housing Canon Medical Systems’ MRI or CT scanners to scale up imaging to meet demand, or temporarily replace equipment in times of breakdown or maintenance.

Tony Kleanthous, Barnet Football Club Chairman and CEO of The Imaging Centre Limited states, “The conception of TIC was for first class imaging for elite sports people. However, it doesn’t make sense to have advanced imaging equipment stood idle when not in use, especially when the NHS is facing so many pressures. This is just the start of our community imaging business plan and we hope to roll the concept out across the UK. Patient care at the heart of communities will improve the health and wellbeing for everyone.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK states, “Access to top-end University Hospital grade imaging equipment within 24 hour referral is rare in most areas in the UK. The vision of TIC to see patients quickly and report scans straightaway in a seamless process is in tune with what patients expect. We are very pleased to be working with TIC, not just for this first elite diagnostic centre, but also the fleet of mobile CT and MRI scanners that are supporting the NHS on a day-to-day basis.”

A very well received study day organised by the Royal Cornwall Hospital was held at the St. Austell Conference Centre. The focus of the day was centred around extended scope of ultrasound practice, and the topics discussed, choice of speakers and venue where all highly received by the thirty attendees, who also enjoyed a Cornish cream tea.

The delegates enjoyed the interactive discussions surrounding testicular and neck scanning with debate concerning training, and especially the future role of sonographers in thyroid biopsies. The speakers were open to questions, which produced debates on liver assessment, with a hepatology nurse specialist, endo-leak assessment, post stent placement and the use of renal contrast. The extended scope of practice theme extended into specialist paediatric scanning which again, given the time frame, produced a positive feedback. The spleen, the ‘forgotten organ’ was also discussed, which gave many delegates food for thought in their scanning practice. There was also a well received talk from Canon Medical Systems’ partner in CO2 carbon offsetting, who explained how the company’s carbon footprint is being reduced.

Liz Farrington, Consultant Nurse Hepatology at the Royal Cornwall Hospital opened the proceedings with “Liver disease from a Nurse Specialist perspective”, and this was followed by Dr. Simon Freeman, Consultant Radiologist at Plymouth Hospital speaking on “The spleen, the forgotten organ.” After coffee, Dr, Sarah Hamilton, Radiology Registrar at Plymouth Hospital spoke on “Solid ovarian masses, and Dr. Simon Thorogood from the Royal Cornwall presented “Acute paediatric ultrasound scanning.”

The afternoon opened with an interactive session conducted by Dr. Simon Freeman on testicular pathology. This was followed by Dr. John Hancock, Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital presenting on “Aortic aneurysm endo-leaks – ultrasound follow-up” and a second presentation from Dr. Simon Thorogood, who spoke on paediatric renal ultrasound. Dr. Ben Rock, Consultant radiologist, also from the Royal Cornwall, followed with thyroid head and neck ultrasound.

Paul Chiplen, who represented Canon Medical Systems’ CO2 offsetting partner, spoke about some of the CO2 offsetting projects that Canon is involved with in the third world, which included the renovation of water bore holes that had fallen into disrepair, along with the manufacture of fuel efficient wood burning stoves in Kenya. This initiative by Canon Medical Systems is completely unique in the medical imaging sector and is of direct benefit to the lives of people in the third world.

Photo: St. Austell Conference

Group photo – delegates attending the Cornish Ultrasound Study Day

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Canon Medical Systems offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MRI, across the globe.  As of December 2016, Toshiba Medical Systems became a member of the Canon Group.  In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do.  Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

 

Canon Medical Systems held two successful study days, one in London and one in York. Both meetings had a clinical focus.

The London course, entitled “State of the art advanced ultrasound technology and its clinical uses”, was aimed at sonographers, radiologists and registrars. It provided an opportunity for delegates to consolidate and advance their ultrasound knowledge, with leading experts in the field sharing experience of new technologies and their everyday use, with clinical demonstrations.

The York study day entitled “Ultrasound 2020 and beyond: how, when & where”, was aimed at all ultrasound professionals with a focus on the challenges of the rapidly changing environment.

The programme for the London event opened with “Advanced ultrasound technologies and their everyday clinical uses”, presented by Professor Adrian Lim, Consultant Radiologist at Charing Cross Hospital. Dawn McDonald, Consultant Radiographer at James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth spoke on “Breast elastography: its potential role in breast disease and implications for future management in benign findings”.  This was followed by Professor John Simpson, Consultant, Paediatric & Fetal Cardiology at Evelina Hospital, speaking on “advanced fetal cardiology”. Dr. Lol Berman, Consultant Radiologist and Senior Lecturer Radiology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge spoke on ultra high frequency imaging of the head and neck with imaging tips and a clinical demonstration.

At the York venue, Dr. Tim Hoare, Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne presented on “Appendicitis and what to do when it isn’t”, followed by Dr. Richard Cooper, Consultant Radiologist at South Tyneside Hospital speaking on “Hernias – a practical approach”. Simon Richards, Programme Leader at Teesside University and Chair of CASE, together with Ben Stenberg Consultant Sonographer at Newcastle Teaching Hospitals Trust introduced “The future of sonographic education – provider versus needs”, and this was followed by a discussion from the floor.  Dr. Richard Cooper gave a second talk, entitled “Future technologies now – high frequency imaging and SMI.” The meeting closed with the Canon Medical Systems team presenting “Helping you meet your real-time challenges”.

Both meetings received great feedback, including such comments as “glad to give up a Saturday to attend”, and “loved it – very informative.”

 

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Shown, left to right at the London venue: Dawn McDonald, Consultant Radiographer, James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth, with Stuart Mills, Director, Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems and Professor Adrian Lim, Consultant Radiologist, Charing Cross Hospital

 

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Group photo of delegates and speakers – York venue

Canon Medical Systems offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MRI, across the globe.   As of December 2016, Toshiba Medical Systems became a member of the Canon Group.   In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do.  Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the stand lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water.

 

The Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT system was recently installed at Sunderland Royal Hospital in its newly-built ED department.

Cheryl Bean, CT Modality Lead says, “Our new Canon Medical Systems CT scanner, located within the footprint of our new ED department, will allow us to provide faster access for the scanning of patients presenting to the department.” Cheryl continues, “We chose a Canon Medical Systems’ scanner for our ED department to add to our two existing scanners within radiology.  The ease-of-use of the scanning platform allows transferable radiographer skills between all three scanners. Canon Medical Systems also provides very responsive local engineer support which is important to minimise any scanner downtime. The Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition scanner provided the specifications required for a busy ED department, allowing faster scan times for acutely unwell or trauma patients.”  

Speed, flexibility and safety are all key to providing high quality emergency care diagnostics. Commenting on the scanner’s performance, Cheryl Bean says, “Its high specification provides us with low dose, but high quality images, which is especially important for patients in this acute setting. The fast image reconstruction time allows the CT images to be available immediately within the scan room, facilitating quicker clinical decision making for the patient. In addition, the Tech Assist Lateral Slide feature allows us to centre the patient correctly without having to move them manually. This reduces handling of the patient which is preferable for trauma or acutely unwell patients.”

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Shown here (left to right) Ruth Rowe, Account Manager and Heather Dring, Senior Applications Specialist, both from Canon Medical Systems. Cheryl Bean, CT Modality Lead, Holly Fergusson and Eloise Collings, Faustina Walton, CT Radiographers; Steph Wake, Health Care Assistant; Portia Makuyana CT Radiographer

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

Canon Medical Systems offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MRI, across the globe.  As of December 2016, Toshiba Medical became a member of the Canon Group.  In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do.  Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

 

Thousands of people helped in developing nations at the same time as UK patients reap the benefits of innovative medical diagnostic systems

Medical imaging innovators, Canon Medical Systems UK, has today announced a sustainable milestone offsetting 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from ultrasound, X-ray, CT or MRI systems installed into UK hospitals over the past 3.5 years. The scheme means that more than 22,000 people, including 12,000 children, in rural Uganda and Kenya have received practical help to improve mortality, health, quality of life and female empowerment.

Achieving this carbon offset milestone also means that Canon Medical Systems is the only UK medical equipment provider to be a Carbon neutral business meeting all PAS2060 requirements by the British Standards Institute. It is now working towards becoming a United Nations Sustainability partner.

The carbon footprint of each Canon Medical Systems imaging product used in the daily prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients in NHS and private hospitals has been calculated. This takes into account the elements involved in manufacture, packaging, shipping and average energy usage for the standard lifetime of a system. Each month, UK sales figures are translated into tonnes of carbon and offset to a high impact project in a developing country.

For example, a Canon Medical 1.5T MRI system has a carbon offset footprint of 226.78 tonnes which then helps 245 people in Kenya and Uganda via cooking stoves and water borehole projects. Cooking on open stoves is a big health issue in developing nations with World Health Organisation figures stating that there are 3.8 million premature deaths per year from non-communicable diseases such as stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer1.

The Canon Medical Systems UK carbon offset scheme, managed by specialists CO2balance and monitored by the United Nations, provides 35 modern fuel efficient stoves per MRI system sold. This reduces the amount of smoke particles in a family home, the equivalent to 2 packets of inhaled cigarettes per day. The amount of firewood needed is also halved delivering further environmental and quality of life positives, such as, time savings on wood collection so children do not miss school, and lessening deforestation benefitting wildlife habitats and flood prevention.

“We are proud to be a Carbon Zero company helping the environment at the same time as helping people less fortunate than ourselves,” states Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems. “We are aware that the NHS is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Our R&D commitment starts with developing systems that use less electricity and thus emit less carbon, at the same time as seeing more patients, delivering the highest quality clinical images at the lowest possible dose. This spirit of innovation then extends to sustainability where we embrace a gold-standard scheme that helps some of the poorest rural communities in East Africa.”

“CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere is a critical problem with 2016 figures showing a record high. If it continues, it will lead to unpredictable changes in the global climate system such as higher temperatures, flooding and other extreme conditions,” states Paul Chiplen, Director at CO2balance. “Canon Medical Systems UK is a carbon zero hero identifying that our fragile environment is at risk and focusing much time and energy into doing something about it.”

Canon Medical Systems’ energy efficiency innovation in medical imaging includes its latest generation CT scanner. It recovers energy when the gantry decelerates from spinning thus drawing less electricity, plus advances of standby functionality further reduces emissions.

Harrogate Hospital recently purchased two of Canon Medical Systems’ latest Aplio i-1700 ultrasound systems.  The new scanners, which replaced existing equipment, will be used in the hospital’s antenatal clinic, all day and every day. The systems come with an array of new technologies, including Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI) and ultra-wide-band i-series transducers

 

The hospital selected the i-700 series for image quality and reliability. It is anticipated that seeing the anatomy more clearly than ever before will cut down on waiting times and rescans.    Canon Medical Systems’ Made for Life’ philosophy was also influenced the hospital’s choice, with installation and training going very smoothly for the department.

 

The matrix curvilinear probe the hospital uses with the new systems allows the user to scan a variety of differing body types and gestations with just one probe. Due to the new broadband technology in the probe, it is easy to choose the frequency instead of having to change between high and low frequency probes, as one probe fits all. The multiple frequency probe design encompasses two conventional curved array probes in one unit. This innovation saves on cost and promotes efficiency of use since the need for switching between probes during an exam is negated. In addition, the design of the probe is larger than the usual 6 MHz version and is therefore more ergonomic, assisting in the prevention of RSI.

 

Another feature liked by the users is the modern appearance of the equipment, with its smaller size being helpful for the department’s compact ultrasound rooms. In addition, the ease-of-use with fewer buttons, large, swipe-able touchscreen and fast ‘boot-up’ times all contribute to shorter waiting times for patients. The intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during daily routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition, to make the ultrasound exams faster, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.

 

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Shown here, (left to right), ultrasound applications specialist, Canon Medical Systems: Louise Higgins; sonographers, Samantha Gilmour; Lucy Lambert; Sally Creegan; Emily Forde and Philippa Kirkpatrick, and ultrasound account manager, Canon Medical Systems, Jo Bertelsen

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recently purchased Canon Medical Systems’ latest Aplio i-800 ultrasound system to be used for a wide variety of outpatients examinations, including ENT work and thyroid biopsies. The new scanner replaced a five-year old Aplio MX in the Elective Care Centre at the hospital.

 

Key features of the new equipment appreciated by the hospital include the SMI technology, and the multiple frequency probe design, which encompasses the traditional 6 and 3.75 MHz curved array probe in one unit. This innovation saves on cost and promotes efficiency of use since the need for switching between probes during an exam is negated.

 

Helen Campbell, Ultrasound Manager comments, “We are very pleased with the new i-Series.   The system is used by consultants for ENT work and they are especially impressed with the image quality obtained. Canon Medical Systems’ SMI technology is included as standard, which also contributes to the superior image quality. We like the ease-of-use and familiarity of the system. It is modern, slimmer and a very ergonomically friendly machine.”   Helen adds, “We selected Canon Medical Systems again as we like the company’s service history, Applications for Life and after sales support     

 

SMI offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition. It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnosis ultrasound.    

 

Aplio i-series ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both the near and far field. As well as helping to reduce cost, this revolutionary transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition   

 

The new series features new beam-forming technology, iBeam, which optimises the efficiency of the beam, increasing penetration, spatial resolution and contrast resolution, while at the same time, reducing artefacts and clutter. It also comes with intelligent Dynamic Micro-Slice (iDS), which increases clinical accuracy and reveals more detail in all depths by electronically sharpening the imaging slice thickness.

 

Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during daily routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition, to make the ultrasound exams faster, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.

 

 

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Shown here, (left to right) Paddy Grant, Sonographer, Paula Connor, Clinical Applications Specialist Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems; Helen Campbell, Ultrasound Manager; Samantha Lacey, Deputy Ultrasound Manager; Julie Davidson, Andrea Weston and Jackie Tyler, Sonographers.

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

 

Cannon Medical Systems offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MRI, across the globe.   As of December 2016, Toshiba Medical became a member of the Canon Group. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

The Huntingdon NHS Treatment Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital recently acquired a Canon Medical Systems’ latest Aplio i-700 ultrasound system for use in its gynaecology clinic.    The new scanner, which replaces an existing machine, comes with state-of-the-art technologies such as such Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), and ultra wide-band i-series transducers. In addition, the clinic purchased a 4D endo-cavity transducer, which offers the potential for obtaining volume data for transvaginal and OB procedures.

 

Key features of the new equipment include SMI technology, and the multiple frequency probe design, which encompasses the traditional 6 and 3.75 MHz curved array probe in one unit.  This innovation saves on cost and promotes efficiency of use since the need for switching between probes during an exam is negated.

 

The hospital selected the new ultrasound system for its high quality images, ease-of-use and manoeuvrability, as well as Canon Medical Systems’ commitment to after sales service and training.

 

Dr. Hema Nosib, Consultant Gynaecologist comments, “We are delighted with the technology and that high quality images with this product. The machine is easy to navigate and move around.   Canon Medical Systems has been committed to training our staff and their after sales service has to be commended.”

 

SMI offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition. It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnosis ultrasound.    

 

Aplio i-series ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both the near and far field. As well as helping to reduce cost, this revolutionary transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition   

 

Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during daily routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition, to make the ultrasound exams faster, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.

 

 

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Shown here (left to right, standing) Diane Webb, Advanced Ultrasound Practitioner; Dr. Hema Nosib, Consultant Gynaecologist; Iain Dunn, Ultrasound Account Manager and Lisa Wright, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, both of Canon Medical Systems

Seated in front is Dr. Tarang Majmudar, Consultant Gynaecologist

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Canon Medical Systems offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MRI, across the globe. As of December 2016, Toshiba Medical became a member of the Canon Group. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do.  Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

North Manchester General Hospital recently invested in two Canon Medical Systems ultrasound scanners. One of the new systems will be used for antenatal scanning and a second one used in urology studies.

Zoe Mottram, Clinical Lead, says, “We selected the Canon Medical Systems ultrasound machines for their excellent image quality and ease-of-use, particularly in antenatal scanning.   We are familiar Canon Medical Systems equipment as we already have several systems in our department and this helped our staff with training and becoming comfortable with the new equipment. We find the machines robust and reliable, which is backed up by the company’s track record in supplying service, education and applications support.”

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective, productive and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and detailIt comes with extra functionalities and increased image quality that will allow the users to scan patients in a faster time frame and is also equipped with a wide range of probes for use in scanning women in gynaecology and obstetrics. In addition, Canon Medical Systems’ SMI (Superior Micro-vascular Imaging), which complements colour Doppler techniques in visualising small micro-vasculature. This technology, along with the quick and ‘easy-to-use’ functions of the system enhance the patient experience due to a decrease in scanning times and improved image quality.

 

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Shown left to right, back row, are Sonographers Claire Melia, Danielle Pearson and Esther Phillips, with Paula Connor, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems

Seated in front, left to right, are Sonographers Lorraine Edwards, Sherrie Akbari and Clinical Lead Zoe Mottram

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to including manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

 

Canon Medical Systems offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions, including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MRI, across the globe.   As of December 2016, Canon Medical became a member of the Canon Group. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

TOKYO, January 4, 2018—Canon Inc. and Canon Medical Systems Corporation today announced the official corporate name (trade name) change of Canon Group Company Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation to Canon Medical Systems Corporation (hereafter referred to as Canon Medical Systems).

Since joining the Canon Group in December 2016, Canon Medical Systems has been undertaking the procedures for obtaining regulatory approval for integration with the Canon Group and change of the company name under the relevant national or regional laws concerning pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Canon announced that such procedures have been completed, and that the change of the company name enters into effect today.

Since its establishment in 1930, Canon Medical Systems has introduced a number of “world’s first” and “first-in-Japan” medical systems in cooperation with its customers worldwide. With its sales and service network, Canon Medical Systems conducts business globally, providing diagnostic imaging systems to around 140 countries and regions.

Canon Inc. first entered the medical equipment business in 1940 with the development of the first indirect X-ray camera produced in Japan and, utilizing its advanced imaging technologies, currently produces such equipment as digital X-ray imaging systems and OCT ophthalmic devices. Since its founding, the Company has maintained a strong commitment to the medical equipment business, and will further strengthen the business with the aim of contributing to a safe and secure society.

Through its integration with the Canon Group, Canon Medical Systems—in the spirit of the Canon Group corporate philosophy of “kyosei” and its own management slogan of “Made for Life” (Made for Partnerships, Made for Patients, Made for You.)—will continue to expand in order to accelerate the growth of the Canon Group’s medical equipment business and contribute to better healthcare throughout the world.

About Canon Medical Systems Corporation

Canon Medical Systems Corporation develops and manufactures diagnostic imaging systems including CT, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray systems and clinical laboratory systems and provides them to around 140 countries and regions around the world, offering technology that provides faster diagnosis and early treatment. Under the slogan “Made for Life” (Made for Partnerships, Made for Patients, Made for You.), Canon Medical Systems is making positive contributions toward hospital management, and provides a range of patient-friendly healthcare systems and services.

Company Name: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
President and Chief Executive Officer: Toshio Takiguchi
Headquarters: 1385 Shimoishigami, Otawara-shi, Tochigi, Japan

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For further information please contact Karl Bruder (tel: 03-5482-8055; fax: 03-5482-5130; e-mail: bruder.karl@canon.co.jp) or David Kelly (tel: 03-5482-8058; fax: 03-5482-5130; e-mail: kelly.david@canon.co.jp)

Canon Medical’s Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT system was recently installed at Poole Hospital, part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 

Dr. J.P. Carpenter, Consultant Cardiologist comments,”We’ve been delighted with the new CT scanner. It just keeps on performing exceptional studies at the lowest conceivable doses, using much less contrast than before  Superb workflow and throughput, whisper-quiet and an overall better experience for patients – we love it.”     

 

The Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition, which was launched in 2016, comes with a completely redesigned system from photon generation to beam distribution and detection, and is the basis of Canon Medical’s  PUREVision optics. The result is a better balance between image quality and dose. Adaptive scatter correction removes scatter through intelligent modelling that preserves more primary photons for reconstruction, as opposed to a hardware-based approach. In addition, thanks to its unique laser collimation system, CT scans can be performed with the simplicity of conventional X-ray. Laser collimation allows the field-of-view and scan range to be set directly on the gantry.  Patients are positioned more comfortably and exams are performed faster and with reduced radiation dose.

 

The new system also has with a unique flared gantry, providing a calming wide-open space, with a short bore for improved access to the patient from both the rear and front of the gantry.   Its optional Tech Assist Lateral Slide couch ensures safety and comfort by providing a tool to move the patient laterally to the correct position at the push of a button, and precision engineering equips Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition with its bidirectional gantry tilt. Highly advanced reconstruction technology overcomes the mathematical complexity of angled scanning for helical and volumetric acquisition with no compromise on quality.

 

Smaller, lighter and requiring less power, the scanner has been designed for installation into a space of just 19m2.

 

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Shown here (left to right) Mark Foxall, Account Manager, Canon Medical; Dr. J.P. Carpenter, Consultant Cardiologist; Cliodhna Brennan, CT Specialist Radiographer; Dr. Angus Wood, Consultant Radiologist; Katy Bysh, Deputy Superintendent Radiographer; Paul Culshaw, MRI Superintendent Radiographer; Amy Morris, CT Superintendent Radiographer; Maddy Broughton, CT Specialist Radiographer; Dr. Joseph Jacoby and Dr. Andrew Leonard Consultant Radiologists, and Andrew Watson, CT Specialist, Canon Medical

 

 

Canon Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions, including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MRI across the globe.   As of December 2016, Canon Medical became a member of the Canon Group. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do.  Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

 

Canon Medical has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

The University of Hertfordshire Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences recently invested in its first CT scanner for the Department of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery (AHPM), School of Health and Social Work.   The new Canon Medical scanner, which will be used for teaching and research for the undergraduates and postgraduate radiography programmes, will help contribute to the University’s strategic objectives, ensuring that the University remains at the forefront of health education for radiography.     

 

The Aquilion 64 CT system has been delivered with DICOM enhanced for rapid data transfer, it also comes with an array of software packages and is cardiac enabled, which will allow students to carry out prospective cardiac gating studies.  An easy system on which to train, it is equipped with remote diagnostics, and has a small footprint for installation in a compact area.

 

The next generation of radiographers with the University will be training and conducting research on Canon Medical CT technology, Louise Smith, Postgraduate Subject Lead & Postgraduate Programme Tutor says, “Due to the constraints of the imaging service and ionising radiation implications it is not always possible for students to practise imaging techniques whilst on clinical placement.   The availability of this specialist equipment for simulation at the University will greatly increase the student understanding and confidence in the functioning and application of this imaging modality, which will ultimately influence the quality of patient experience and care received.”

 

Louise continues, “The availability of a CT scanner will also be an excellent resource to expand research opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.   The use of CT as a modality is growing and further research on this modality would enhance the evidence-base in this area.  Currently there is one PhD level experimental project being undertaken within Diagnostic Imaging and Radiography at the University into the important area of CT research – radiation dose reduction.   The availability and continuity of onsite equipment will greatly enhance and ensure the robustness of the research results for worldwide dissemination.”

 

Another predicted benefit of the investment in the new scanner is that it will improve the learning experience for international postgraduate students.    Louise says, “Currently there are only a very small number of international students on the postgraduate programme at the University of Hertfordshire and having the Canon Medical scanner on site will be an attractive marketing tool to potential applicants, as we will be able to offer experience with state-of-the-art equipment.   This will give us the scope needed to expand this potential market.”

 

Summing up, Louise concludes, “The training and follow-up service offered by Canon Medical has been excellent.  Hopefully the purchase of the scanner is the start of a partnership, which will offer opportunities for future synergies with Canon Medical for teaching and research, benefiting both the University and its students and staff.”

 

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Shown left to right, Alan Hilliard, Principal Lecturer; Louise Smith, Postgraduate Subject Lead & Postgraduate Programme Tutor; Richard Cherrill, Senior Lecturer; Louise Hadley, Senior Lecturer and Jamile Siddiqui, Account Manager, Canon Medical

 

Canon Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions, including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MR, across the globe.  As of December 2016, Canon Medical became a member of the Canon Group.  In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy patients are at the heart of everything we do.   Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

 

Canon Medical has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment, as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

 

Otawara, Tochigi, Oct. 2, 2017 – Canon Medical Systems Corporation (Headquarters: Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan; President: Toshio Takiguchi) will change its company name to Canon Medical Systems Corporation on January 4, 2018.

“In 2016, canon established the last of four new core businesses designed to drive the company’s next phase of expansion. The company expects annual growth of 6%.”

This advertorial appeared in August 1, 2017 issue of Fortune magazine’s Worldwide edition.

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Royal United Hospitals Bath recently purchased two of Canon Medical’s latest Aplio i-800 ultrasound systems for use in obstetrics, gynaecology, abdominal and MSK applications. The new scanners replace existing Canon Medical equipment, so that users are now able to enjoy state-of-the-art technologies such as such Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), and ultra wide-band i-series transducers.

 

Key features of the new equipment appreciated by the hospital include the SMI technology, and the multiple frequency probe design, which encompasses the traditional 6 and 3.75 MHz curved array probe in one unit. This innovation saves on cost and promotes efficiency of use since the need for switching between probes during an exam is negated. In addition, the design of the probe is larger than the usual 6 MHz version and is therefore more ergonomic, preventing RSI.

 

Tracey Blacker, Team Leader comments, “In the past our department has always chosen Canon Medical ultrasound equipment, which means that the products have a familiarity, which aids in training and also reduces the need for extensive applications support, an inevitable cause of reduction in throughput.” Productivity is always important in a busy acute hospital setting,  and as well as saving time, having the same equipment also assists in probe connectivity -(for several years the department had one linear probe shared between five machines, a major cost saving”. Tracey continues, Canon is very innovative with numerous training days up and down the country and the applications support and aftercare/service are excellent, so that we are able to get the most out of our equipment”.      

 

SMI offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition. It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnosis ultrasound.    

 

Aplio i-series ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both the near and far field. As well as helping to reduce cost, this revolutionary transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition   

 

The new series features new beam-forming technology, iBeam, which optimises the efficiency of the beam, increasing penetration, spatial resolution and contrast resolution, while at the same time, reducing artefacts and clutter. It also comes with intelligent Dynamic Micro-Slice (iDS), which increases clinical accuracy and reveals more detail in all depths by electronically sharpening the imaging slice thickness.

 

Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during daily routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition, to make the ultrasound exams faster, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.

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Shown here (left to right)  Becca Morgan and Rita Phillips, Advanced Practitioner Sonographers; Tracey Blacker, Team Lead; Elena Williams and Sue Jones, Advanced Practitioner Sonographers; Helen Lockyer, Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems.   In front on the left is Catherine Elmes, Trainee Sonographer and on the right, Jane Rosevear, Ultrasound Department Assistant

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

“The revision in outlook reflects the newly consolidated Canon Medical Systems Corp.”

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Canon Medical Systems recently sponsored the North East Ultrasound Study Day. This inaugural meeting attracted sixty attendees from across the north east of the country. Due to Canon’s sponsorship, and also the speakers at the Study Day offering their services free-of-charge, it was possible to offer the event free-of-charge to delegates.

The main organisers were Ben Stenberg, Consultant Sonographer at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Richard Morrell, Ultrasound Services Manager at Northumbria NHS Trust and Claire Casling, Advance Practitioner Sonographer at the RVI, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In addition, Tracey Bellas and Jo Bertelson, Ultrasound Specialists at Canon Medical Systems were in attendance.

After the opening remarks by Ben Stenberg, Ms Khalida Jan, Consultant Sonographer at Sunderland Royal Hospital present in “Thyroid (BTA classification), what they are and why we should be using them”. This was followed by Dr. Tim Hoare, Consultant Radiologist at the RVI speaking on “Appendicitis and what to do and when it isn’t”. After the coffee break, there followed a lively debate on “The future of sonographic education: Provider versus Manager”, led by Simon Richards of Teesside University and Richard Morrell from Northumbria NHS Trust. The morning closed with a lecture by Dr. Andy McNeill, Consultant Radiologist at the RVI on “Fusion ultrasound, not just for intervention.”

The afternoon programme opened with Dr. Tracey Hughes Consultant Radiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead speaking on “Gynae US perils and pitfalls, followed by a presentation from Dr. Richard Cooper, Consultant Radiologist, South Tyneside District Hospital on “Lumps and bumps”.

The meeting concluded with a questions and answers session. The session was chaired by Claire Casling, and included on the panel Richard Morrell, Simon Richards, Dr. Richard Cooper, Brian Allan, Ultrasound Service Manager, Newcastle NHS Trust and Jayne Richardson from South Tyneside District Hospital.

Ben Stenberg closed the meeting, and commenting on the day Ben said, “It was a fantastic day and great to see so many sonographers together from around the region with the appetite for educational events such as this. It is something I have wanted to set up for a long time and hopefully it will be the start of many more. Education and professionalism is so vital in maintaining and improving standards in patient care and I am glad others see it the same way and were prepared to give up their Saturday for the cause. And, of course, it would not have been possible without the excellent speakers and sponsorship from Canon, which was very much appreciated.”

 

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Group photo of delegates and speakers at the Ultrasound Study Day, RVI Clinical Learning Centre

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Canon’s Aquilion Next Generation Aquilion ONE CT system was recently installed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, part of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The new equipment replaced an existing 16-slice scanner and will provide cardiac patients with cutting-edge equipment on their doorsteps. It means that people in Buckinghamshire who would previously have had to travel out of the county for this kind of CT imaging can now come straight to Stoke Mandeville.

Designed to cater for the most specialised CT departments, the new system will enable the hospital to start a world-class cardiac service. It comes with Canon’s PUREVision detector which provides unparalleled image resolution and dose savings. In addition, the high speed gantry has a 78cm aperture to accommodate all patients, including bariatric and patients with high heart rates.

The new system performs coronary angiography using a single rotation axial scan. This not only ensures uniformity in the Z-axis. But the short scan time also reduces the need for contrast. With SURECardio Prospective even patients with arrhythmia can be successfully scanned while the patient dose is maintained as low as possible.

A major advantage of the 320-slice CT scanner includes minimal radiation dose. Optimal imaging quality is produced at the lowest possible dose. Ultra helical scanning capabilities reduce the scanning time to seconds, minimising the length of time patients are required to hold their breath and overall examination times.  The exceptional 4D diagnostic imaging can record a moment in time, or over multiple moments, to image dynamic blood flow or the mechanics of joint movement.

The system at Stoke Mandeville has also been equipped with Canon’s

SEMAR (Single-Energy Metal Artefact Reduction) technology. This innovative software employs a sophisticated reconstruction algorithm to eliminate artefacts caused by metallic implants, while improving visualisation of the implant, its supporting bone and adjacent soft tissues for an accurate diagnosis.

 

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Shown here (left to right) Simon Weeden, Branch Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Tessa Sanderson, CBE, and Andrew Wainwright, Radiology Operational Manager

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

 

“We hope to address the expanding variety of health care needs around the world by combining technologies.”

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“Consider me part of this family,” said Canon Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai to Canon Medical management at a meeting in January

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Otawara, Tochigi, Jan. 30, 2017 – Canon Medical Systems Corporation (Canon Medical; headquarters: Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan; President: Toshio Takiguchi) has decided on a new company name, “Canon Medical Systems Corporation”. The new company name will be officially introduced around the beginning of 2018 after regulatory procedures with the pharmaceutical and medical equipment authorities of each country regarding the name change are completed.

Canon Medical was established with capital provided by Tokyo Denki (Tokyo Electric Company, one of the companies that merged to form Canon Corporation) in 1930, and expanded its business globally, focusing on diagnostic imaging systems including X-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound. Canon Medical has the No. 1 market share in Japan and provides high-quality, reliable medical equipment and services to over 140 countries worldwide.

Canon Medical became independent of the Canon Group in March 2016, and decided to change the company name after officially becoming a subsidiary of Canon Inc. in December 2016.

As in the past, Canon Medical will continue to strengthen and expand the healthcare business, which is strategically important to Canon. Canon Medical will remain committed to contributing to healthcare worldwide under its management slogan “Made for Life”, while aiming to expand and achieve continued growth.

 

Canon’s Aquilion ONE Vision Edition CT scanner has been installed at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Cornwall. The opening ceremony coincided with the hospital’s 50th birthday, highlighting the technological changes since the hospital opened, such as sub 1mSV cardiac imaging.

 

Emma Spouse, Imaging Lead, says, “Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust was impressed with the quality of the installation project of the new Canon Aquilion CT scanner on site. This was a difficult project requiring operational service continuity in the shared back-to-back control room, with equipment delivery into the department down a steep bank. Canon kept to time within a very tight project schedule, which was planned in meticulous detail. The applications training was of a high standard and the radiographic CT team was well supported through the challenges of different CT equipment and the associated software platform variations.   Despite being based at the tip of the South West, on-going system support has also been of a high standard with our local Canon engineer providing almost in-house level support.”

 

The Aquilion ONE Vision Edition CT scanner with its wide range of clinical imaging tools, delivers advanced performance, fast workflow, ultra helical scanning, ultra -low doses with high quality imaging and ease of use. With a 16cm wide detector for volumetric scanning of heart, organs and joints in a single rotation, and 4D dynamic acquisitions for moving joints and whole organ perfusion.

 

The system comes as standard with a 300kg weight limit bariatric couch. Conventionally a CT has in-out table movement, but with Canon’s unique option, Tech Assist Lateral Slide” which is lateral couch movement of 42mm to the left or right, this ensures patient safety and comfort, moving the patient at the touch of a button to the correct position. Lateral couch movement ensures that once the patient is on the couch, you can achieve perfect positioning optimising dose and image quality. With “no push and no pull”, this option reduces manual handling, and is ideal for ITU patients, unstable, trauma and bariatric patients.

 

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Shown here (left to right) Jackie Knox, Radiography Service Lead (in the scanner bore); Gemima Savage, CT Team Lead; Duncan Mitchell, CT Radiographer; Megan Newberry, Account Manager,  and Mark Condron, CT Clinical Development Specialist,  both of Canon Medical Systems; Tara Maher, CT Radiographer, and Emma Spouse, Imaging Lead

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

Cwm Taf University Health Board recently purchased four of Canon’s latest Aplio i-800 ultrasound systems, allocating two scanners for Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil and two for Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda Hospital. Users at both sites are now able to enjoy state-of-the-art technologies such as such Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), and ultra wide-band i-series transducers.

Royston Hibberd, Superintendent Sonographer comments, “We decided to purchase the Canon i800 after evaluating a number of manufacturers’ systems. The i800 was our first choice due to its image quality, the ergonomics of the system and Canon’s reputation for its after-sales support. The scanner out-performed all the other systems in our evaluation. A feature that particularly impressed us was the ‘Superb Micro-vascular Imaging’, which produces incredible images of the vascularity of the area under investigation. This feature is especially useful for MSK applications. The images produced of the ‘larger’ patients are also impressive. We found the Canon team very friendly and support during our installation.”    

SMI offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition. It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnosis ultrasound.     

Aplio i-series ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both the near and far field. As well as helping to reduce cost, this revolutionary transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition   

The new series features new beam-forming technology, iBeam, which optimises the efficiency of the beam, increasing penetration, spatial resolution and contrast resolution, while at the same time, reducing artefacts and clutter. It also comes with intelligent Dynamic Micro-Slice (iDS), which increases clinical accuracy and reveals more detail in all depths by electronically sharpening the imaging slice thickness.

Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during daily routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition, to make the ultrasound exams faster, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.

 

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Shown here (left to right)  – Royston Hibberd, Superintendent Sonographer; Gayle Godfrey, Support Worker; Erica Oliver, Clinical Specialist, Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems, Jackie Charles, Support Worker (seated), and Annie Crocker, Sonographer

Forest Veterinary Centre, an independent veterinary practice in Epping, Essex, specialising in small animal work, recently invested in a Canon Aquilion Lightning 16-slice CT scanner.    The practice extended its premises with a custom built facility to accommodate the new system. Forest Vets also has a low field MRI solution on site.

Clive Swainsbury, Practice Partner says, “We were considering a second-life CT solution, but after seeing the advantages of Canon’s SEMAR software, we wanted a new CT system and Canon’s Aquilion Lightning was the obvious choice. We looked at acquiring a CT scanner about five years ago, but at that time we had a power supply problem. Canon was very helpful then, although at the time we didn’t purchase a system. We recently revisited our decision and during the acquisition of the new scanner, we again found Canon very supportive in all respects.”     

Continuing, Clive Swainbury explains, “We are achieving superb image quality, and we are finding as a result of having an in-house scanner our referrals have increased. It has been a very steep learning curve for our staff, but Canon’s applications support has been excellent, with the installation of the scanner going like clockwork. In addition, the SEMAR software is proving its worth.”

Canon Medical Systems’ Aquilion Lightning 16-row helical CT scanner comes with the world’s smallest detector element size of 0.5 mm, and is designed for all routine isotropic imaging. The environmentally friendly system incorporates fourth generation fast iterative reconstruction (AIDR 3D Enhanced) and Canon’s new PUREVISION detector to minimise the patient exposure dose for all examinations.

SEMAR utilises a sophisticated iterative reconstruction technique to virtually eliminate metal artefacts, improving visualisation of implants, supporting bone and adjacent soft tissue.

In addition, the Aquilion Lightning has the smallest footprint in its segment while having the largest gantry aperture. With a footprint of only 9.8 m2, the Aquilion Lightning can be installed in the smallest room and still offer a pleasant working environment.

 

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Shown here, left to right, Colin Pellow, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Sophie Dennis, Veterinary Nurse; Glenn Bengtson, Practice Partner; Natalie Bennie, Veterinary Nurse and Clive Swainsbury, Practice Partner

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment, as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

 

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust recently in vested in Canon ultrasound, purchasing a total of five Aplio 500 systems, one for Todmorden Health Centre, to be used for a variety of exams and one for Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for the antenatal clinic.  Calderdale Hospital took delivery of three systems, two for the antenatal clinic and the third scanner for the Gynaecology Assessment Clinic. Chosen for its high image quality, excellent uptime and Canon’s unique low flow colour technology (SMI), the new systems also come with Canon’s highly valued lifetime applications support.

Shown here, (photo: Calderdale20), back row, left to right, Louise Higgins, Applications Specialist Canon Medical Systems; Advanced Practitioner Sonographers: Tina Halstead, Lisa Bury, Ann Hampshire and John Sunderland. Kate Grayson, Team Lead in Ultrasound;  Alina Robertshaw, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer; Jo Bertelsen, Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems and Nicola Longthorne, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer.

Seated in front: Lexi Hall-Lembo, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer; Samantha Ambler, Student Sonographer and Chris Bostock, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective, productive and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail. It comes with extra functionalities and increased image quality that will allow the users to scan patients in a faster time frame and is also equipped with a wide range of probes for use in scanning women in gynaecology and obstetrics, as well as 3D transvaginal capabilities.

Canon’s SMI (Superior Micro-vascular Imaging), which complements colour Doppler techniques in visualising small micro-vasculature. In addition, the Aplio 500 is also equipped with 3D packages.   Both of these exciting technologies, along with the quick and easy-to-use functions of the system,   improve the patient experience due to decreased scanning times and improved image quality.

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to including manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

 

 

Canon Medical Systems recently undertook a hands-on practical training session on groin scanning at Fairfield Hospital, part of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The day, which was in line with Canon’s reputation for excellent after sales support and ongoing commitment to training, consisted of presentations and lectures followed by a hands-on session, with Sara Riley, Consultant Sonographer from Leeds Teaching Hospital being invited as guest speaker.

Angela Booth, Clinical Lead General Ultrasound commented “We covered anatomy, scanning technique and normal and pathological ultrasound appearances. After the theory there was a practical demonstration and after lunch we had a hands-on practical scanning session and we all managed to do several groins under Sara’s guidance.”

Angela concludes, “It was a really interesting day and very informative, and having Sara there to scan with us just brought all the knowledge together. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, with many thanks to both Canon and Sara.”

 

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Shown from left to right , standing – Paula Connor, Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Angela Booth, Clinical Lead General Ultrasound; Sara Riley, Consultant Sonographer, Leeds Teaching Hospital; Fiona Challinor,  Joanne Caballero and Safiyyah Sabat, Ultrasonographers

Seated, left to right – Esther Philips, Ultrasonographer; Marcia Wild, Ultrasound Service Manager and Angela Hargreaves, Ultrasonographer

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy use for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Royal National Orthopaedic XR

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore recently acquired a Canon Ultimax-i X-ray fluoroscopy system. The new equipment, with its innovative design, provides a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm system, which makes it an ideal solution for all patients. It brings all the benefits of flat panel detector technology together with a comprehensive dose reduction programme. Effective dose management is available with a variety of fingertip controls, with three dose modes capable of reducing dose by up to sixty percent and three filters reducing hard and soft X-ray exposure.

 

The RNOH as a dedicated orthopaedic hospital will be performing exams mainly associated with orthopaedic injury and pathology. Antony Turner, Imaging Services Manager, says, “We chose Canon for the RNOH because it ticked all our boxes.  The equipment is easy to use, so training was easy to implement with our radiology and urology staff. The table height goes really low, which is a huge advantage for the types of patients we see on a regular basis.   We were very impressed with the enabling works and applications specialist support. The image quality is excellent and feedback from both radiographers and radiologists is very positive.  I am really pleased we went with Canon.”

 

With the Ultimax-i the RNOH has acquired a versatile, flexible system, designed to satisfy a wide range of clinical imaging and interventional needs. In fact the Ultimax offers ‘three systems in one’, with angiography, radiography/fluoroscopy and direct radiography all in the one unit. The C-arm system with a digital X-ray table is provided with remote and local operation, with rapid table and C-arm motion allowing virtually any position and projection whilst capturing high-resolution clinical images.

 

The tabletop may be lowered to only 52 cm above the floor, this height being ideal to meet the requirements of patients in wheelchairs, significantly reducing the burden on operators and assistants during patient transfer. Once the patient is initially positioned on the table, the quiet, smooth operation of the table-tilt can perform subsequent positioning without additional patient manipulation. In addition, the anatomical coverage from head to toe is in excess of two metres, taking into account the scanning range of 163 cm and the size of the 43 x 43 cm detector.

 

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Shown here, left to right: Gordon Stewart and Anna Drozdz, Radiographers; Edmond Kinene, Superintendent Radiographer; Jenny Armstrong, Radiographer; Nina Ghodrati, Superintendent Radiographer; Ella Mukherjee, Senior Radiographer; Sujatha Herath, Radiographer; Chi Burt, Account Manager and Dan Parr, Applications Specialist, both of Canon Medical Systems, with Antony Turner, Imaging Services Manager

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy useful for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

X-ray equates to 13 stoves and 50,781 litres of water

 

Bradford Royal US

Bradford Royal Infirmary recently acquired three Canon ultrasound scanners, two Aplio 400, and one Aplio 500 system. The Aplio 500 is being used in the main ultrasound department for general radiology applications, including paediatrics, interventional cases, contrast ultrasound, MSK work and abdominal and gynaecology studies. The Aplio 400 systems were purchased to replace two aged Canon ultrasound machines in the obstetrics department.   The new scanners joined other Canon equipment at the hospital, and as existing users of Canon ultrasound, Bradford Royal Infirmary opted for Canon again due to the excellent image quality as well as Canon’s commitment to lifetime applications support and high uptime.

 

The new systems come equipped with a host of features, including a fully programmable console that can be customised to suite individual clinical needs. The Aplio 500 comes which smart fusion software, which allows the ultrasound image and MR/CT images to be fused so that prostate and liver lesions can be targeted more accurately. In addition SMI (Super Micro-vascular Imaging), Canon’s unique colour imaging technique complements colour Doppler techniques to define to small blood vessels.  Shearwave and strain elastography packages provide quantitative measurements and dynamic visual display of tissue stiffness in a variety of clinical settings, ranging from abdominal to small parts exams.

 

The Aplio 400 scanners were also delivered with SMI software and users enjoy high resolution images of the foetus with the added benefits of SMI for looking at fetal hearts and brain structures.

 

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Shown here, right to left, Karen Lomas, Sonographer; Jo Bertelsen, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Shama Bi Ali, Penny Halmshaw, Naomi Titley, Gemma Powley and Donna Reynolds Sonographers; Louise Higgins, Clinical Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Carol Cahill, Midwife;  Jacqui Lee, Lead Sonographer; and Penny Fleming, Midwife

In front on the left, Wendy Hall, Superintendent Sonographer and on the left, James Chan, Sonographer

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Galan

Canon Medical Systems recently launched at the 2016 RSNA meeting in Chicago a new 3T MRI system. The Vantage Galan comes with a host of unique features, offering excellent image quality, streamlined workflow and outstanding patient comfort.

 

Commenting, Alistair Howseman, Director of Sales CT/XR/MR, Canon Medical Systems, says, “The new system as well as providing outstanding clinical image quality is extremely quiet and remarkably fast. Canon has focused on improving the patient experience and the result is a scanner with a 71cm wide bore aperture which allows the imaging of large patients comfortably and efficiently and a slim gradient design which provides significantly more space between the patient and the inside of the bore, greatly reducing acoustic noise with our patented Pianissimo technology.”

 

The Vantage Galan includes Pianissimo Zen, Canon’s silent technology, a combination of the company’s well-known Pianissimo hardware and new silent sequences for demanding applications such as FASE-DWI, FF3D and MR angiography. Its industry-leading non-contrast techniques allow for vascular imaging from head to toe, expanding patient access to MR angiography and dramatically improving patient safety. Multi-phase transmission technology provides outstanding homogeneity across all anatomical regions and clinical targets.

 

Compared to Canon’s conventional coils, Canon’s Atlas SPEEDER coil technology utilises a unique combination of smaller elements, which deliver a higher SNR and larger elements which provide greater penetration. By simultaneously integrating up to 128 channels, Vantage Galan 3T provides better image quality throughout the entire imaging volume. In addition, PURERF Transmit and Receive results in an increase of 20 percent in SNR.  Another feature unique to the new system is ultrashort TE imaging, enabling, for instance, a bright signal from ligaments and tendons.

 

The Vantage Galan comes with a short and compact bore which lowers patient anxiety and at the same time allows a 3T scanner to be installed in a room originally designed for a 1.5T system.

 

Photo:  The new Vantage Galan MRI system

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

3T MR equates to 47 stoves and 191,250 litres of water.

Hospital of Wales

The University Hospital of Wales (UHW) recently purchased a Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound scanner. The system has been delivered with Canon’s Smart Fusion technology which is being used at the hospital in conjunction with ultrasound for biopsies of the prostate.

 

UHW is one of the first sites in the UK currently using this ‘cutting-edge’ technology in every day practice, and commenting, Dr. Luke Wheeler, Consultant Radiologist says, “Canon Medical Systems is the University Health Board’s managed equipment service (MES) partner for ultrasound. The Smart Fusion technique has a learning curve, but then the process is quite straight forward. Canon’s support has been excellent. We are the first site in Wales to have started this procedure and I know that there is interest from other centres in Wales and elsewhere in the UK. Hopefully, Smart Fusion will improve the accuracy of targeting prostate cancer, identified on the pre-biopsy MRI.  Canon has always been around to advise and help me.”      

 

Lesions within the prostate are not always that easy to see using ultrasound and therefore are not easily biopsied. They may be better seen in CT or MRI images, but biopsies within these modalities can be time-consuming and costly. Canon’s Smart Fusion reads 3D DICOM data sets from all major imaging modalities and shows the corresponding images, in real-time, adjacent to the live ultrasound display. For a comprehensive pre- and post-evaluation of the intervention, Smart Fusion permits the user to work in any ultrasound imaging mode, including colour Doppler and contrast-enhanced ultrasound.

 

Tim Palarm, Regional Manager Ultrasound Sales, Canon Medical Systems commented “this is a first for Wales and Canon are proud to be working with the University Health Board on a leading technology that will change the radiological clinical pathway for patients.”

 

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Pictured at the handover, left to right, Erica Oliver and Helen Lockyer, Ultrasound Applications Specialists, Canon Medical Systems; Dr. Luke Wheeler, Consultant Radiologist and Matthew Gallivan, Radiographic Helper (RDA)

 

 

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Northern Ireland

Medical Imaging NI has been a Canon Medical Systems partner for 25 years and is an established, and highly regarded, distributor for imaging equipment in Northern Ireland.

Retaining all staff from Medical Imaging NI, Canon Medical Systems will establish direct operations in Northern Ireland. The acquisition allows Canon Medical to develop innovative medical imaging equipment solutions and service offerings for its CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound customers, in Health and Social Care Trusts and private hospitals in the region.

 
Canon Medical Systems’ mission is to deliver the best quality products and services, as well as the industry’s best after-sales support through long-term, customer-focused partnerships. The company’s existing and new customers in the region will be able to enjoy enhanced benefits of being a direct Canon Medical Systems customer including: access to 7-day technical support, which drives the company’s 100% uptime and customer satisfaction goal; immediate access with enhanced spare parts delivery, as well as access to a growing fleet of relocatable MRI and CT scanners.

 
Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Canon Medical Systems comments: “The acquisition of Medical Imaging NI signals our attempt to establish strong and lasting direct relationships with our growing customer base in Northern Ireland.”

 
Brian Beggs, Managing Director Medical Imaging NI comments: “Having been an established Canon Medical Systems partner, we are delighted by the acquisition and have ultimate faith that the quality product and service offering we have successfully developed over 25 years will be taken to the next level by a globally renowned medical imaging innovator.”

We will keep the same contact number allowing continued, uninterrupted communication. Tel: 02890839836
The office has relocated and the new head office details are listed below:
Mossley Mill
Carnmoney Road North
Newton Abbey
BT36 5QA

 

Diane Lennox (Consultant Radiologist), Tracey Bellas (Canon), Merilyn Cockburn (Consultant Radiologist), Nidhi Sibal (Consultant Radiologist)

Canon Medical Systems recently supplied the Breast Screening and Assessment Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with its recently-launched Aplio i-series ultrasound system. One of the first installations in the country, the new equipment comes with Canon’s Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI) and Smart 3D technology as standard.

 

Commenting, Merilyn Cockburn, Consultant Radiographer at the Breast Screening and Assessment Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, says, “The system is a replacement for a much older Aplio. We have two Canon ultrasound machines and we have found Canon scanners to be very reliable and user-friendly. In addition, the technical and applications support has always been very good. The image quality of the new equipment is very impressive.”

 

The Aplio i-series’ unique imaging technologies provide better image quality by reducing clutter, strengthening signal and improving visualisation. All functions work hand-in-hand with other imaging modes for greater uniformity across all applications. The new iBeam forming architecture enhances image quality thanks to sharper, more homogenous ultrasound beams, whilst simplified controls, a visual guided user interface and automated image optimisation features help to boost productivity, even during the more complex exams, without compromise on accuracy and precision.

 

Dr. Joanne Gholkar, Consultant Radiologist also appreciates the new features on the scanner, saying “I am impressed by the image quality for breast work, especially in the near field. It is a compact machine, but has a lovely-sized monitor, plus an uncluttered control panel that is easy-to-use and intuitive. It is easy to review images and reselect a patient for a rescan, even if the patient’s images have been closed and sent to PACS”.

   

Smaller and lighter, the Aplio i-series is easy to manoeuvre, with over 36 cm panel height adjustment, lateral slide and a fully articulating monitor arm to assist the user to optimally adjust the console to virtually any scanning position.

 

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Left to right, Diane Lennox, Consultant Radiographer; Tracey Bellas, Clinical Specialist, Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems; Merilyn Cockburn Consultant Radiographer and Dr. Nidhi Sibal, Consultant Radiologist

 

 

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Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water.

 

 

MRI User Group

Canon Europe, together with Clinica Creu Blanca and Olea Medical invited Canon’s European customers to participate in a MRI MSK meeting held at Barcelona FC. The main theme of the event focussed on advances in MRI for musculoskeletal imaging, especially for sports injuries. Speakers were invited from both Europe and the USA, and included radiographers, radiologists and physicists.

The first day of the two day meeting focussed on the anatomy and histology of cartilage, tendon, muscle and bone and included a presentation by the Chief Medical Officer for Barcelona FC explaining how decisions were made regarding the management of the players’ injuries based on medical imaging. As part of these sessions, delegates also enjoyed a demonstration on how to improve MSK imaging at 3T using practical tips and tricks, during which they were fascinated by the use of pig lard at the Clinica Creu Blanca site to help with image homogeneity when scanning small areas using fat suppression.

In a lecture on chondral and osteochondral pathology, Dr. Padron from Clinical Centro Madrid showed that MRI is more and more moving from a qualitative to a quantitative approach for better comparison in follow-up examinations, commenting that the new ultra short TE sequences from Canon Medical Systems give more accuracy than the previously used sequences. This was followed by Dr Cerezal from Diagnostico Medico Cantabria, Santander, with a very informative presentation on advances in hip imaging.

Commenting on the meeting, Alistair Howseman, Sales Director at Canon Medical Systems UK, said, “The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for customers and users to interact with each other. During the evening, participants were able to discuss their current studies and work over dinner at the Princesa Sofia hotel, while admiring the view of the city and Mediterranean.”   

Speakers over the two-day period included Professor Gold from Stanford University, who gave two lectures, the first on functional imaging of the cartilage and quantification of the chondral change, and the second describing the measurement of the muscle velocity and inertial force using a phase contrast technique.

Other speakers presented on ‘advanced imaging techniques when imaging muscles and tendons’; ‘muscular break and follow-up’, and also diffusion tensor imaging and tractography of the internal structure of the peripheral nerves. In addition, Professor Derave of the University of Ghent gave a lecture on carnosine spectroscopy of the muscle. This indicates which muscle type is present in the individual, either explosive, or a slower muscle type, and is important information for athletes when determining how to treat injuries and also to establish which sports suits the individual, e.g., a sprinter or a long distance runner.

During a live scan, a volunteer was used to demonstrate the fusion of US and MRI. By synchronised fusion of an MRI 3D dataset during live ultrasound scans, the problem of imaging the deep structures, which is difficult for ultrasound, is resolved by the MRI data and the scan time overall is faster using this technique.

The visit to Barcelona was concluded with a visit to the nearby Camp Nou, when delegates had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the stadium and grounds of Barcelona FC.

Concluding, Alistair Howseman adds, “Both Canon and Olea Medical considered that the meeting was a great success with a lot of potential for the future.”

Photo: Group photo of the UK customers who attended the meeting

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Royal Stoke

The Royal Stoke Hospital Breast unit recently purchased a Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound system. The new equipment, which was delivered with Canon’s Strain Elastography software and the PVT1005BT probe, is being used for both screening and symptomatic patients including biopsy and FNA work.

 

Bernadette Booth Clinical Specialist Breast Imaging/Team Leader, says, “As users of Canon’s ultrasound systems we are very familiar with the equipment and are very happy with the service and continued after-care provided by Canon. We selected the Aplio 500 for its ease-of-use and customisation to suit group and individual preferences. The availability of two transducers enables efficiency in scanning the axilla, superficial structures, deeper lesions and improved scanning of larger breasts. In addition, the excellent after sales service has not only supported training in new techniques, but has also assisted in competency updates of established and new staff.”

 

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and clarity.  Canon’s strain and shear wave elastography technology assists in localising and assessing palpable masses with high accuracy and reproducibility, providing the user with integrated quantification tools. In addition, the new PVT1005BT probe offers a wider field-of-view and excellent image quality. Canon’s unique B-mode delivers images with sharpened lesion outline, enhanced uniformity and reduced noise. Penetration is increased for improved assessment of the large and dense breast.

 

Other advanced technologies include Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS), which allows the user to assess and quantify perfusion dynamics with exceptional detail, providing sentinel node evaluation and improving patient management.

 

Superb Microvascular flow (SMI) imaging elevates colour Doppler imaging to a whole new level of spatial resolution, revealing minute vasculature whilst Biopsy Enhancement Auto Mode (BEAM) offers improved visualisation of biopsy needles in live scanning mode, enhancing diagnostic confidence for difficult, deep lesions.

 

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Shown here, back row, standing (left to right), Ultrasound Account Manager, Canon Medical Systems Sean Steadman, with Consultant Mammographers Lorraine Moss, Catherine Ruane and Clinical Specialist Breast Imaging/Leader Trainer, Bernadette Booth

Front row, standing on the left Jackie Chambers, Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems, and seated, left to right: Consultant Radiologists, Dr. Bawja, Dr. Mohd Isa, Dr. Salehi-Bird and Dr. De Kluck

 

 

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Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

India Tech Summit - Official Announcement with PM's

INDO UK INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AGREES DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING PARTNERSHIP WITH CANON MEDICAL

20-Year Partnership Sees Canon Medical Deliver World Class Imaging Equipment, Clinical Training and World-Class Customer Service for unique Healthcare Collaboration Between The UK and India.

 

UK – 11th November 2016 – Canon Medical, one of the world’s leading medical imaging technology companies, announces a multi-year collaboration with Indo UK Institute of Health’s (IUIH) Medicity Programme to serve as a radiology partner in the area of diagnostic imaging products and services. Canon Medical and IUIH’s new relationship will provide greater access to high quality imaging services for patients in India.

 

The partnership was announced at the INDO UK Technology Summit inaugurated by the PM of India Mr N Modi and the PM of the UK Theresa May. Dr Liam Fox Secretary of State for Trade and Industry chaired the meeting where the agreement was made public.

 

The unprecedented 20-year partnership between Canon Medical and IUIH, a forward-looking healthcare provider, will create and deliver real value throughout the continuum of diagnostic imaging, driven by a combination of high technology premium products, clinical training and world-class customer services.

 

The Indo UK Institute of Health’s (IUIH) Medicity Programme is backed by private investment and supported by governments both in India and the UK. It aims to establish 11 Indo UK Institutes of Health, which will see high quality hospitals, nursing schools and medical colleges developed across India. When fully implemented, the initiative will amount to a huge investment into India’s healthcare system and provide healthcare to 100’s of millions of Indian people with currently no or little access to healthcare.

 

“We are proud to partner with Indo UK Institute of Health and our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients. Together, we strive to create industry-leading solutions that deliver an enriched quality of  life through the broad portfolio of products that we offer but also in our commitment to research and customer education,” said Mr. Takiguchi, CEO and Chief Executive Officer of Canon Medical Corporation, Japan.

 

In addition to its commitment to provide access to its renowned products and technology, Canon Medical’s commitment includes the sponsorship of a post-graduate training and education center on the campus of one of IUIH’s medicities, and a research collaboration in India to develop more effective and efficient patient pathways.

 

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director at Canon Medical comments: “Healthcare has been identified as one of the priority areas for the two countries to work more closely together as part of the bilateral relationship between India and the UK. As a key strategic partner we are inspired by the philosophy of this project – The NHS in India – therefore we will be assisting IUIH in bringing tangible benefits to the population of India, and in doing so be able to develop beneficial strategies

to support the NHS here in the UK”.

 

“As a key partner for the project, the benefits of our collaboration are broad ranging and will include the provision of world class imaging equipment and knowledge that will form the basis of advanced medical research and development, plus training and education of imaging professionals in both countries, as well as extensive technology and innovation links – all with the aim of improving patient care and wellbeing.”

 

Mr. Ajay Rajan Gupta, Managing Director and Group CEO, IUIH said “The partnership with Canon Medical is set to redefine the existing paradigms in healthcare industry. It will add unparalleled value to IUIH at multiple levels. The agreement demonstrates our strategic intent to create a globally admired, affordable and accountable Indo UK Institute of Health Medicities Program. With this partnership we will have access to not just the best in radiology products, but also world-class customer after care, training and ongoing R&D, which will benefit not just the patients in India but reciprocally and ultimately also those in the NHS.”

 

Photo from left to right:

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology India, Theresa May, Prime Minister of U.K, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Imaging Innovator to Advance Product and Service Offerings for Northern Ireland Customers From its New Belfast Base.

 

Belfast, NI – September 5th 2016 – Canon Medical Systems Ltd today announces the acquisition of Belfast-based Medical Imaging NI Limited. Medical Imaging NI has been a Canon Medical Systems partner for 25 years and is an established, and highly regarded, distributor for imaging equipment in Northern Ireland.

 

Retaining all staff from Medical Imaging NI, Canon Medical Systems will establish direct operations in Northern Ireland, where the operation will be led by Canon Medical Systems UK Director of Service, Paul Parsons. The acquisition allows Canon Medical to develop innovative medical imaging equipment solutions and service offerings for its CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound customers, in Health and Social Care Trusts and private hospitals in the region.

 

Canon Medical Systems’ mission is to deliver the best quality products and services, as well as the industry’s best after-sales support through long-term, customer-focused partnerships. The company’s existing and new customers in the region will be able to enjoy enhanced benefits of being a direct Canon Medical Systems customer including: access to 7-day technical support, which drives the company’s 100% uptime and customer satfisfaction goal; immediate access with enhanced spare parts delivery, as well as access to a growing fleet of reloactable MRI and CT scanners.

 

Additionally Canon Medical will offer its Northern Ireland customers access to first-line engineer training, and remote diagnostics, to support maintenance and multi-vendor servicing that ensures the Canon high standard of quality service for all imaging equipment. Finally, customers will have access to Canon Medical‘s tailor-made, shared-risk, multi-year contracts ensuring true value-for-money, with flexible invoicing options.

 

The company has relocated buildings from the Mallusk Enterprise Park to prestigious and more versatile surroundings at Mossley Mill, in Newton Abbey, where Canon Medical Systems will keep the same contact details allowing continued, uninterrupted communication channels for its customers.

 

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Canon Medical Systems comments: “The acquisition of Medical Imaging NI signals our attempt to establish strong and lasting direct relationships with our growing customer base in Northern Ireland. It is exciting that we are able to integrate a successful Canon Medical partner into our company especially as we have a strong existing relationship with the team there, having worked as a partner for 25 years. We see the existing team as a perfect fit with the same values, and we are confident that backed by our significant infrastructure, we will grow in Northern Ireland, helping to develop jobs and growth both for our company and the region.“

 

Brian Beggs, Managing Director Medical Imaging NI comments: “Having been an established Canon Medical Systems partner, we are delighted by the acquisition and have ultimate faith that the quality product and service offering we have successfully developed over 25 years will be taken to the next level by a globally reknowned medical imaging innovator. The Medical Imaging NI team is excited at the opportunity to join such a high performing team.“

 

Morcombe Bay

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust recently acquired six Canon ultrasound scanners as part of a second round of ultrasound purchases from Canon Medical Systems. Satisfaction with the customer service provided by Canon was a key factor in the decision to again select Canon ultrasound equipment.

 

Royal Lancaster Infirmary acquired four systems, two Aplio 400 scanners for placement in the antenatal ultrasound unit for obstetric and EPAU work, and one Aplio 500 for the radiology department, plus a Xario 200 for the ENT department, where it will be used to facilitate the one-stop head and neck clinic, which is operated from the main radiology department.

 

In addition, the Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe and Furness General Hospital both acquired Aplio 500 systems. The Aplio 500 scanners at Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital are equipped with Canon’s software packages, SMI (Super Micro-vascular Imaging) and shearwave elastography. SMI will be used for bowel studies and it is hoped, eventually, to use elastography for a new liver screening service.

 

Jayne Ireland, Lead Sonographer says, “It was an easy decision to go with Canon for the second wave of our new ultrasound purchases. We selected the equipment for its ease-of-use, reliability and the excellent after-sales service provided by Canon.  We are achieving superb image quality and the SMI software as a useful aid to diagnosing bowel pathology is very sensitive and improves diagnostic confidence.”  Jayne adds, “The optimisation days recently held were very informative and took the sonographers to an extra level of understanding to get the most out of the machines for every patient.”

 

The Aplio series is Canon’s premium system for general imaging and comes with advanced imaging and productivity features to satisfy the most robust requirements and boost efficiency. The Aplio 500 comes with SMI, which complements colour Doppler techniques in visualising small micro-vasculature. Together with elastography software, it provides an abundance of expert tools for quick and reliable diagnosis.

 

A compact system with a small body, the Xario 200 offers excellent image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle compact scanner. Its light weight transducers, which cover a large variety of clinical applications, are ergonomically shaped with flexible cables and a very slim connector.

 

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Shown here, right to left, standing – Jayne Ireland, Lead Sonographer; Julia Gibson, Sonographer; Rachel Davies, Trainee Sonographer, Rachel Stephenson and Nicole Rhodes, Sonographers and Paula Connor, Ultrasound Applications Specialist Canon Medical Systems

Seated in front, left to right, are Sonographers, Stella Aspden, Mark Robinson and Steve Marks

 

 

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Salford Royal

Spire Liverpool Hospital recently replaced its existing X-ray equipment with a Canon Ultimax-i X-ray fluoroscopy system. The new system has enabled the hospital to broaden the scope of examinations it offers and increase efficiency, whilst providing a higher degree of patient comfort than ever before.

 

Anne Marsh, Diagnostic Imaging Manager comments, “We selected the Ultimax-i because it is a MP c-arm system with an optional overhead x-ray tube and erect bucky. This gives us more functionality in a general room and allows us to expand our services to include such procedures as spinal injections as well as all the usual fluoroscopic procedures. We have noticed a faster throughput and improved image quality with the new equipment. The Canon support was excellent. The project went very smoothly and the staff were extremely helpful throughout.”

 

The Ultimax-i is flexible and versatile, capable of performing multi- purpose imaging with a large image field of view and excellent image quality. Its innovative design with a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm facilitates all gastrointestinal studies, interventional radiology and angiographic procedures with anatomical coverage from head to toe and shoulder to shoulder on even the tallest patients.

 

Following initial positioning of the patient, the Ultimax-i can be moved in any orientation required. The system has integrated anti-collision technology to protect the patient at all times and a comprehensive dose reduction programme that ensures maximum diagnostic information at the lowest possible dose.

 

 

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Shown here, left to right, standing, Graham King, Account Executive CT/MR/XR, Johanna Cotton, X-ray Sales Specialist, both of Canon Medical Systems; Fergus Macpherson, Hospital Director; Nik Codd, Project Manager, Canon Medical Systems and Anne Marsh, Diagnostic Imaging Manager

Seated in front, left to right, Alun Evans-Thomlinson, Radiology Team Leader; Maria Punay, Radiographer and Nicola Glover, Assistant Practitioner

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Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust purchased two Canon Infinix-i neuro-interventional Labs, a biplane system and a single plane system. The Trust’s existing systems were over ten years old and it was therefore looking to replace both its bi-plane system, which is almost exclusively utilised for complex neuro interventional cases and the single plane system that was used as a neuro back up and for other general interventional procedures. After a lengthy evaluation process Canon was chosen to supply the replacement equipment, with the Infinix-i biplane at Salford being the first in Europe of its generation to be placed in a neurovascular environment.

 

As part of a collaborative agreement, the hospital clinicians are working in partnership with an international team from Canon Medical Systems Europe, Japan and the UK, to test new applications and software, specific to the specialised work undertaken at Salford. This arrangement is proving beneficial to both the hospital’s neuro radiologists, as well as an invaluable opportunity for Canon to work closely with its customers to push product development to meet clinical needs.

 

With regard to the choice of Canon systems, Dee Patel, Superintendent Radiographer explains, “We looked at all available systems that met our specifications and requirements, and the first thing that impressed us about the Canon equipment was the versatility of the multi-axis positioning capability of the C-arm on the Infinix i system. We have found the unique lateral and vertical movements of the lateral arm on the biplane system to be extremely useful in neuro applications. In addition, our neuro-interventionalists were impressed with the tableside controls, which give them access to the whole imaging system without leaving the patient. ”

 

The Infinix-i system has what is regarded as one of the most flexible C-arm designs currently on the market, with even the floor-mounted single plane system being able to achieve fingertip to fingertip coverage of the whole patient without moving the table. This coupled with the unique lateral plane reversibility and height adjustment, means that every patient can be positioned to allow the clinician the best possible access and flexibility.  At the same time, unencumbered access to the patient can be maintained for anaesthesia and other support staff, and also ensuring that staff and patients benefit from the dose reduction possible with better positioning.

 

Dee Patel continues, “Our radiographers are pleased with the user-friendly windows-based interface and find it easy to use.  C-arm and tube positioning are easily controlled with the Hyper Handle tableside and the satellite console.”

 

The Infinix-i systems at Salford are equipped with Canon’s latest ‘Spot Fluoroscopy’ technology, physicians can use this asymmetrical off-centre collimation technique to the focus on the region of interest whilst maintaining a last image hold of the surrounding area. The use of Spot Fluoro significantly reduces the amount of radiation used, improves image quality and enables the user to focus on a specific area within the field-of-view without having to move the table. The reduction in patient and operator dose is a huge benefit, in addition there is a significant risk reduction in complex procedures from vascular trauma due to inadvertent movement of the devices and catheters in keeping the table still during the procedure. Both systems also utilise Canon Medical Systems’ unique real-time skin dose tracking system. DTS, Dose Tracking System, provides real-time feedback on patient skin dose distribution to the clinical team, allowing them to make informed clinical decisions that benefit the patient at the tableside. As this information can be stored with the patient images, it also allows the clinical team to plan the best approach for those patients that are undergoing multiple, long and very complex procedures, to minimise the risk of any possible side effects.

 

Commenting on DTS, Dee Patel adds, “The real-time graphic patient dose information is very useful during procedures as adjustments can be made in tube positioning during a procedure to minimise skin dose to any one area.”

 

The single plane system at Salford offers imaging facilities for a range of other interventional specialties including renal-vascular, urology, GI, spinal and MSK. It has all the technological, and design capabilities of the biplane system, which provides the added flexibility of being able to use it as a backup for neuro as and when demand dictates.

 

From the outset, Canon was very keen to assist the Trust in the design of the purpose-built interventional suites, the result being an excellent work space with good patient flow. Dee Patel says, “Technical support has been excellent and service responses very fast.  From the start, Canon applications specialists were on site, or at the end of the phone, to help us to set up our systems just as we wanted them. Adjustments could be made mid-procedure to aid our interventionalists to the end point.”

 

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is home to the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre, offering neurosurgery and interventional neuro radiology to a population of 3.5 million people. It performs around 250 interventional cases and 350 diagnostic cases on the biplane system, with a six-day service. It is also a comprehensive stroke centre for Greater Manchester, offering endovascular intervention to stroke patients. Salford Royal is also part of the Major Trauma Network, offering 24 hour emergency vascular intervention to patients from all over the Northwest.

 

 

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Shown here left to right, Marc Ivison, Senior Service Engineer XR, Canon Medical Systems; Dr. Hannah Stockley, Consultant Interventional Neuroradiologist; Dhiren Patel, Superintendent Radiographer; Graham King, Account Manager CT/MR/XR Canon Medical Systems; Rory Dedman, Senior Neuroradiographer and Matthew Solomon, Head of Technical Support Group, Canon Medical Systems

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Nuffield Health North Staffs(1)

Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital in Newcastle under Lyme recently acquired a Canon Aquilion PRIME CT scanner. The equipment is installed in a £2.3 million diagnostics suite, which was recently officially opened by Stoke City Football Club Manager Mark Hughes. The new facility was delivered by a partnership between Nuffield Health and InHealth.

 

Ann Brunt, Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital Director, comments, “In partnership with InHealth we are excited to be opening our new state-of-the-art facility, which provides the latest diagnostic innovation, combined with first-class patient experience. We are hoping this is the beginning of a fundamental transformation of our hospital. As a team, we are already working towards the next step in our development, which includes the creation of an ambulatory and oncology suite, which demonstrates that we are constantly looking at ways to improve our facilities to enable us to provide a better level of service to our customers and to the local community. It will also help to support the care of NHS patients through working with key partners such as local clinical commissioning groups.” 

 Richard Williams, Imaging Services Manager at In Health says, “We are all very pleased to be part of this marvellous joint venture between InHealth and the Nuffield. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to work together to provide our patients with gold standard diagnostic services and care. To this end, our choice of the Canon 160-slice CT scanner has proven to be a very wise one indeed. Canon told us it was a state-of-the-art, high quality CT system and following installation it has fully lived up to all expectations of the radiographers, radiologists and our referring clinicians.”

 The Aquilion PRIME is ideal for departments needing to perform a wide variety of examinations whilst maintaining a high throughput and streamlined workflow. The system has fully integrated advanced dose reduction technologies that enable the operator to consistently obtain maximum quality imaging at the lowest possible radiation dose. The scanner has a wide array of advanced packages, including Canon’s SURECardio software with ECG-gating, cardiac analysis and vessel probe. Nuffield Health North Staffordshire plans to make the most of this investment by starting a new CT cardiac service at the hospital.

 

 

Photo: Nuffield Health North Staffs

Shown here, left to right,  Matthew Stork, InHealth Managing Director of Diagnostic Services; Barnaby Harrison, Account Manager CT/MR/X-ray, Canon Medical Systems; Jean Frost and Alison Seadon, Radiography Department Assistants; Mark Hughes, Stoke City Football Club Manager; Debbie Lightfoot, Senior Radiographer; Richard Williams, Imaging Services Manager, InHealth; Lesley Hunter, Radiography Department Assistant and Graham Ogden, InHealth Head of Operations

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Tessa Sanderson Press Release

 

Specialist teams at the hospital and wellbeing centre will use state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging technology to help the Foundation identify, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate talented athletes as they complete TSFA programmes and local residents as they recover from sporting injuries.

 

August 2016 – Canon Medical Systems today announces the launch of a formal partnership between the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy (TSFA), Homerton Hospital and the Sir Ludwig Guttman Health and Wellbeing Centre. The partnership sees sports injury and musculoskeletal specialists from two nationally-renowned centres of sports medicine excellence using state-of-the-art medical imaging technology within a sports foundation to manage athletes’ health and wellbeing.

The Partnership will continue to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Games by providing health and wellbeing services that meet local needs and expectations, and to encourage local people to improve their own health and wellbeing.

Based at Newham College, TSFA employs a growing number of experienced ex-international class coaches and works with teachers and managers in local schools, community centres, sports clubs and academies. The Foundation and Academy has a structured programme that helps youngsters identify and experience the positive benefit of sport on lifestyle, nutrition and wider life skills.

Dr. Peter Resteghini leads the Sports and Musculoskeletal Clinic at the Homerton University Hospital, where he has trained and worked with staff who have gone on to work in high level sport including the Football Premiership, Rugby and also specialists in sports medicine at the 2012 Olympics. Dr Resteghini and his team will help the Foundation manage medical health initiatives using the Aplio™ 500 ultrasound scanner, helping TSFA maintain their young athletes’ fitness and wellbeing as they participate in sporting activities and prepare for major sporting events such as the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Homerton University Hospital will provide a one-stop service for sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems for the Foundation. Providing treatment at Homerton University Hospital and Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre, a specialist team will assess and treat sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems including; sports injuries, tendon and muscle sprains and strains, joint pain and arthritis among other conditions.

Through the unique partnership, injured athletes and local residents will have access to Sports Physicians, Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Radiology services including ultrasound guided injections. Additionally patients will have access to biomechanical (podiatric) assessments, a full range of investigations including X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and blood tests where appropriate, and treatment for activity related injuries. The team will provide advice and education for Foundation athletes in order to reduce the risk of future injuries.

As an NHS clinic there is no charge for patients who are referred with sports injuries or musculoskeletal problems. Access to the clinic is generally considered via a referral letter from a GP or local hospital but the clinical will occasionally accept patients via an A&E pathway for a wide variety of MSK conditions.

As well as providing a treatment for injured athletes, the partnership will help promote the rapid development of novel sports medicine and exercise-related applications for ultrasound scanner technology as well as helping TSFA medical staff and the wider community it serves develop an understanding of ultrasound scanner technology as a fundamental building block for young athlete well-being and development.

Canon’s ultrasound technology will enable the TSFA team in partnership with Canon Medical Systems to develop scanner applications and best practice guidelines regarding the early diagnosis, improved rehabilitation and preventative care for these young athletes as they travel through the Foundation and Academy programmes. The partnership will help TSFA maintain their young athletes’ fitness and wellbeing as they participate in sporting activities. By using imaging in innovative ways to track the physical and physiological development of youngsters playing sport, the partnership will identify best practice treatment and exercise regimes for athletes at varying skill and aptitude levels.

TSFA and its partners will use Aplio™ 500 ultrasound scanner technology, which is used by many of the UK’s leading imaging research centres. Designed for high-resolution musculoskeletal imaging, the system features exceptional spatial and contrast resolution to visualise muscle and tendon architecture in super-fine detail. Advanced Dynamic Flow and elastography applications will allow the earliest possible detection of vascular flow interruption and muscle and tendon damage, enabling the Foundation’s medical staff to make fast and accurate decisions on treatment for its growing base of young talent based on immediate diagnosis.

Tessa Sanderson, CBE is excited at formal launch of the partnership: “Our original partnership with Canon Medical Systems gave us a unique opportunity to explore the capabilities of medical imaging within our Foundation environment. Now with a fully developed partnership that involves Homerton Hospital and the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre, we’re able to treat athletes quickly and effectively as well as open a pathway for them to learn about sports medicine and sports science by giving them opportunities to learn about how the body performs during exercise and heals after injury.”

Canon Medical Systems UK Managing Director, Mark Hitchman is proud to be part of the partnership: “Our technology is being used by some of the world’s leading sports organisations and community-based sports facilities for significant player and athlete medical care – from Manchester United and Barcelona to the Barnet FC and Imaging Academy, our technology and expertise is helping develop sports science in applied settings for elites athletes and importantly, for the wider community these organisations help to serve and support.

“Our continued efforts in the pursuit of medical imaging excellence is a perfect fit with the aims of Tessa’s Foundation and Academy and its partners. Together we’ll be able to quickly diagnose young athletes and local residents with MSK injuries and get them on a recovery pathway so that they can recover well and realise their sporting and healthy living ambitions.”

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Canon Medical Systems UK together with Clinical Diagnostics Educational Ltd. recently ran a one day course on “The increasing impact of ultrasound in general gynaecology and reproductive medicine – clinical and technical aspects.” Held at Bromsgrove Hilton Hotel in Bromsgrove, attendees voted it an excellent venue, describing the day as “well organised with brilliant staff running the course.”

 

Aimed at experienced sonographers and clinical and nursing personnel working in the field of medical ultrasound, the course offered an intensive lecture programme that reviewed current scanning practice in gynaecology and other associated areas of pregnancy and women’s healthcare. It also highlighted recent developments in scanning technology and their impact in terms of ultrasound diagnosis and clinical management.

 

In addition to the lecture programme and practical demonstrations, the course was also designed to encourage discussion and the exchange of views and experience within the group. This aspect of the day was much appreciated by delegates, who welcomed the opportunity to catch up with other sonographers and discuss work issues.

 

Lecture topics included a review of recent advances in transvaginal ultrasound imaging, and a review of causes, investigation and current management of abnormal uterine bleeding.  Ultrasound of the endometricum, together with gynaecological oncology and post menopausal studies was covered, together with the value of 3D transvaginal ultrasound in early pregnancy assessment and first trimester screening. Another topic explored current clinical trends in the investigation and treatment of recurrent miscarriage, together with a lecture on advanced 3D virtual imaging in reproductive gynaecology.

 

With positive feedback from all the delegates, one delegate commented, “I found the course extremely interesting and thought-provoking. I have never used 3D IV scanning and very little colour Doppler for gynae scanning, but can definitely see the benefits of using both. I have really enjoyed the day and have gained a lot of new information.”  A second delegate added “Excellent information conveyed at a good pace.  I have been given much food for thought to apply to my current working practice.”

 

 

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Lecturers, Canon staff and delegates attending “The increasing impact of ultrasound in general gynaecology and reproductive medicine – clinical and technical aspects” course at Bromsgrove

 

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Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Three Shires

 

Imaging@Three Shires Hospital in Northampton, a joint partnership between BMI Three Shires Hospital, St Andrews Healthcare and Global Diagnostics, recently upgraded its existing 1.5T Canon MRI scanner to a Canon Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI system.

 

The Vantage Titan 1.5T is an ultra short and ultra wide bore system (71cm) for a more comfortable patient experience but without compromise to the large useable field of view and image quality. During the upgrade period, the clinic utilised Canon’s re-locatable Vantage Elan 1.5T as an interim solution to maintain its MRI service on site.

 

Helena White, MRI Lead Radiographer comments, “The wide bore is much more patient friendly allowing for reduced anxiety and better access for larger patients. We work closely with the professional sports teams in Northampton, in particular Northampton Saints Rugby, providing them with much of their imaging requirements, so this feature is particularly useful when scanning the larger players. We also now have an extended couch which enables 80% feet first scanning and again improves comfort for the taller sportsmen. The system has excellent field homogeneity and together with automatic shimming improvements, more robust fat saturation can be achieved in problematic areas. This, in conjunction with the new 16 channel flex coils, is paramount for our provision of high resolution, optimum MSK image production. MRI appointments are reserved for the Saints following match days. Our dedicated team of specialised consultant radiologists have full confidence in our image quality and using Global Diagnostics’ teleradiology RIS PACS system provide the medical team with an instant report.”  

 

In addition to its wide bore, other benefits of the new system include contrast free vascular imaging, wireless ECG and respiratory gating and ceiling routed cables to avoid floor obstacles around the gantry. With an extended scan range and Canon’s general purpose medium and large flex coils the Vantage Titan fully meets the demands of today’s challenging clinical environment.

 

Patient comfort is addressed with Canon’s patented Pianissimo technology, which dramatically reduces acoustic noise, a major cause of patient unease during an MRI scan.     In addition, Time-SLIP, Canon’s MR angiography technique does not require the use of contrast media.  It uses a Spatial Labelling Inversion Pulse that can be applied to many regions of the body and used for evaluating haemodynamic velocity, functional assessments and visualisation of vascular structures. Based on the Arterial Spin Labelling technique, it employs spatially non-selective IR pulses and spatially selective tag pulses, to reveal regions excited as bright or black blood.

 

Helena White goes on to say ‘Good partnership working is of paramount importance when planning and developing an ongoing MRI service provision, and this was a key factor in us continuing to trust in Canon, rather than opting for an alternative manufacturer. After a 10 year association, Canon have gained knowledge and understanding of our MRI clinical practices and workflows and their support in terms of service and applications is proven. Our MR radiographers are well practised in ‘Canon terminology’  and this was important for efficiency in the training process, both on the interim  Elan system and the upgraded Titan and MPower platform, thus causing minimum disruption to patient lead times during the process.

 

 

 

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Shown here (left to right), Dominic Bath, BMI Three Shires Hospital Director; David Sheehan, Global Diagnostics CEO; Jennifer Lingley, Out-patient Services Manager; Alex Waller, Prop, Northampton Saints Rugby Club; Helena White, Clinical Lead MRI Radiographer; Colin Pellow, Account Manager, CT/X-Ay/MRI & Connectivity, Canon Medical Systems, and Gil Baldwin, St. Andrew’s Healthcare CEO

 

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

1.5T MR equates to 35 stoves and 141,598 litres of water

BIR Canon Mayneord Adrian Dixon 3

Professor Adrian Dixon, the recipient of the BIR/Canon Mayneord Award, delivered the keynote eponymous lecture titled “Has imaging become too effective?” in Liverpool, on Tuesday 7 June to a packed audience of radiologists, radiographers and other healthcare professionals.

Professor Dixon is Emeritus Professor of Radiology, University of Cambridge.  He has a worldwide reputation as an academic and a radiologist and has published extensively on body and musculoskeletal computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging and was one of the early pioneers of these modalities.

Dr David Wilson, BIR President, introduced Professor Dixon as someone who “has made us think differently about radiology” and who has written so many papers “we don’t count them, we weigh them”.

In his talk, Professor Dixon spoke about the huge milestones achieved during his career but warned that because imaging is now so effective there is a risk of “over-imaging” the patient. Departments are becoming stretched and with increasing workloads there is now a shortage of radiographer and radiology personnel.

He spoke about huge advances in MRI, CT and ultrasound and questioned the viability of some plain radiographs for diagnosis. Touching on the controversial issue of whether screening saves lives he concluded that it’s vital for radiology departments to work as a team to ensure that the right examination is chosen for each patient.

After the lecture, Professor Dixon was presented with a prize and a trophy. He said, “I am honoured to receive this award and it has been a pleasure to reunite with so many ex-colleagues and friends here at UKRC”.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems, who presented the award, said, “We are once more honoured to support this renowned eponymous lecture. Professor Dixon inspired us all to think about the big picture and the challenges we face, and furthermore how to face them head-on”.

 

About the award

The BIR Canon Mayneord Memorial Lecture is an annual award made to an individual or a group of collaborators in recognition of recent or current contributions in the wide and expanding field of radiology. The lecture was founded in 1984 in memory of Professor Val Mayneord CBE FRS, past president of the BIR. The lecture is given at the annual UKRC.

Canon sponsors this BIR award which recognises values, skills and contributions at the forefront of medical imaging, as it is in line with Canon’s commitment to education.

You can view the lecture on the UKRC website here http://www.ukrc.org.uk/presentation-webcasts

Read an interview with Professor Dixon on the BIR blog https://blog.bir.org.uk/2016/04/07/has-imaging-become-too-effective/

Previous recipients include Professor Sir Muir Gray (2015), Professor John Buscombe (2014), Professor Richard Ehman (2012), Professor Sir Mike Richards (2011) and Lord Darzi (2010).

Professor Sir Muir Gray delivers the BIR/Canon Mayneord Memorial Lecture at UKRC 2015

 

Professor Sir Muir Gray, the recipient of the BIR/Canon Mayneord Award, delivered the opening plenary lecture of UKRC, in Liverpool, on Monday 29 June to a packed audience of around 400 radiologists, radiographers and physicists.  The lecture was entitled “From Quality to Value—population and personalised imaging”, and was an appropriate introduction to the four streams of the conference: Clinical, Advances in Technology, Service Delivery and Informatics.

 

Professor Gray is a Consultant in Public Health at Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Director of Better Value Healthcare Ltd.  His lecture centred on how to  transform care with the aim of increasing value for both populations and individuals.

 

The BIR Canon Mayneord Memorial Lecture is an annual award made to an individual or a group of collaborators in recognition of recent or current contributions in the wide and expanding field of radiology. The lecture was founded in 1984 in memory of Professor Val Mayneord CBE FRS, past president of the BIR. The lecture is given at the annual UKRC.

Canon sponsors this BIR award which recognises values, skills and contributions at the forefront of medical imaging, as it is in line with Canon’s commitment to education.

Dr David Wilson, President of the BIR, said “This was an inspiring and motivating talk which challenged every member of the audience to analyse the “value” in the service they provide.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems, said, “Professor Sir Muir Gray gave an inspiring and thought provoking lecture which was perfectly in tune with the current climate. We should all take something away from this to apply in our daily working practice.”

You can view the lecture on the UKRC website here http://www.ukrc.org.uk/presentation-webcasts

Read an interview with Professor Gray on the BIR website:

http://www.bir.org.uk/media-centre/news/2015/march/professor-sir-muir-gray-to-deliver-birtoshiba-mayneord-lecture/

Previous recipients include Professor John Buscombe (2014), Professor Richard Ehman (2012), Professor Sir Mike Richards (2011) and Lord Darzi (2010).

 

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Photograph: (left to right) Mark Hitchman (Managing Director, Canon Medical Systems), Dr David Wilson (President BIR), Professor Sir Muir Gray, Jacqueline Fowler (Chief Executive, BIR), XXXXXX (President Canon)

 

Notes to Editors

 

About Professor Mayneord

Professor William Valentine Mayneord entered the field of medical physics in 1924 at St Bart’s Hospital in London then to the Cancer Hospital, now the Royal Marsden Hospital. During WWII he was seconded by the government to work in Canada on the radiological aspects of atomic energy development.

 

He is recognised as the leading authority in the UK on the applications of radiation dosimetry to medical radiology and the problems of radiation hazards. He was awarded a CBE in 1965.

 

About The British Institute of Radiology

 

Ysbyty Maelor US XR

 

Ysbyty Maelor Hospital, Wrexham recently acquired a Canon Ultimax-i X-ray fluoroscopy system. The new system comes with an array of software packages and extras including remote control console; retrospective fluoroscopy save; extended field of view; laser projector for under-table tube; and angiography software.

 

Stephen Roberts, Radiology Site Manager explains, “The Ultimax-i has allowed our department to offer a greater range of examinations to our service users. The usability, flexibility, dose reduction and image quality of the Canon kit offers a vast improvement over the previous system we had in our department. The very large digital detector offers many advantages for a range of clinical situations and it has enabled us to reduce our waiting times in areas such as diagnostic and therapeutic joint injections.”

 

As a multi-purpose RF system the Ultimax-i is a flexible and versatile system designed to be capable of a wide variety of examinations and is used at Wrexham as back-up for interventional procedures. Stephen continues, “The new system has also allowed us to develop the cardiology service by incorporating multiple cardiology pacemaker insertion lists each week into the Radiology Department, which is a marked improvement on the previous service, where the exams were performed using a mobile image intensifier.   This also has had benefits for the wider hospital, as the vacant pacing theatre has now been re-developed into a new decontamination suite.”  Stephen adds, “Support from Canon during applications training was excellent and communications with the company have been very good.”

 

 

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Shown here, left to right back row, (standing) from Canon Medical Systems, Johanna Cotton, X-ray Applications Specialist; Matthew Solomon, National Service Manager and Graham King, Account Executive, CT/MR/XR

Left to right, front row, (seated) Sian Jones, Radiographer & Ultimax-i Key Trainer; Stephen Roberts, Radiology Site Manager; Stephanie Mills, Radiographer, and standing, Dr. Praveen Govind, Clinical Director of Radiology

 

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy useful for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

X-ray equates to 13 stoves and 50,781 litres of water

Edinburgh Western US

Canon Medical Systems recently installed two Aplio 500 ultrasound systems in the mammography department at Edinburgh Western General Hospital.

 

The Aplio 500 machines, which were delivered with shearwave software, were chosen for their speed and image quality. Commenting on the purchase, Nicola Mason, Lead Sonographer says, “We have never used Canon ultrasound systems before, however, we have found the Aplio 500 an easy and ergonomic system to use with good image quality. We also found there is increased visualisation of the needle tip during biopsy which improves accuracy and reduces the need to repeat. This also means the overall procedure is quicker. For cases which require assessment of the axilla, the Aplio 500 has proved to be comparatively superior for assessment of lymph nodes. The Colour Doppler modality is highly sensitive at detecting small vessels; these are important to visualise prior to biopsy.”      

 

Nicola adds, “In addition, Canon’s shearwave technology provides a quantitative measure and dynamic display of tissue stiffness, which may help to differentiate benign from malignant tumours.”

 

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective, productive and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail for the widest range of clinical specialities. In addition, comprehensive on-board programmes allow the user to review, manage and report conveniently on the system or via a network. It fits perfectly into individual work practices with a software-driven platform that is easy to configure and to upgrade, to meet the demands of patient workload and fast-changing clinical practice.

 

 

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Left to right, Lynn Henderson and Carol-Ann Lonie, Radiographic Department Assistants; Dr. Gauri Babu, Consultant Radiologist; Scott Couper, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Dr. Ben Ward, Consultant Radiologist; Laura McGibbon, Ultrasound Applications, Canon Medical Systems; Nicola Mason, Clinical Specialist Sonographer;

Dr. Melanie Smith, Consultant Radiologist; Mandy Stewart, Superintendent Radiographer and Rebecca King, Radiographic Department Assistant

 

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Ysbyty Maelor CT

 

Canon Medical Systems recently supplied an Aquilion PRIME 160-slice CT system to Ysbyty Maelor Hospital, Wrexham.

Ysbyty Maelor already has a Canon Aquilion ONE scanner, Neal Crimes, Superintendent Radiographer says, “It is no longer a luxury for a District General Hospitals to have two scanners; in fact, it is a necessity these days.”

The new equipment incorporates some of the latest clinical applications available, and the scanner at Ysbyty Maelor comes with an array of packages including cardiac software, and SURESubtraction software. The system is one of the first in the UK to be supplied with revolutionary new metal artefact reduction software, SEMARTM, which is Canon’s latest addition to its adaptive diagnostic suite of technologies. SEMARTM is a sophisticated, dose neutral, software package that is used to virtually eliminate the metal artefacts seen around dense metal objects such as hip prosthetics and dental amalgam.

SEMARTM is complementary to dose reduction technologies; it provides remarkable visualisation of implants, surrounding bone stock and soft tissues making it invaluable for a wide variety of previously challenging diagnostic scenarios.

Neal Crimes continues, “We have a longstanding relationship with Canon and we chose the Aquilion PRIME for our second scanner as it is compact with a small footprint. The equipment is extremely reliable; the installation went very smoothly and we also found the applications training excellent. The new software meets all our clinical needs, and we particularly like the new SEMAR package.”  

The Aquilion PRIME is an ideal CT system for imaging departments that need to perform a high volume and wide variety of examinations. The intuitive and streamlined workflow allows for rapid throughput, whilst maintaining clinical confidence.

 

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Shown here, on the left-hand side of the couch, left to right Dr. Praveen Govind, Clinical Director Radiology; Matthew Soloman, National Service Manager and Graham King, Account Executive CT/MR/XR, both of Canon Medical Systems

On the right-hand side of the couch, on the left is Neal Crimes, CT Lead Radiographer and on the right is Stephan Roberts, Radiology Services Manager

 

 

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water