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