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.”

East Midlands/South Yorkshire

(Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster)

Highly Attractive Package, including excellent basic salary, commission based bonus scheme,     car/allowance and final salary pension scheme.

As part of our drive for growth and innovation, we are currently seeking a number of talented professionals to join our UK sales teams.

 

Role

In this highly autonomous role your primary responsibility will be the account management and business development of our CT/MR/XR/HII business in the East Midlands/South Yorkshire region.  With a strong installed based and a burgeoning pipeline of new products, this is a fantastic opportunity to join our high performing team and work with some of the most cutting edge innovations in the imaging market.

 

Person

This is a complex, technical and multifaceted medical sales position, as such we require a highly talented and driven individual with a solid background in Diagnostic Imaging.  Your imaging expertise could have been gained within either a clinical setting, or through another imaging sales position.  If the former, we are extremely well placed to support your development and have a strong track record in cultivating clinical experts into well rounded commercial professionals.

Most importantly, you will be bright, ambitious, curious, resilient, have a passion for patient welfare, and delight in providing exceptional customer service.  Naturally you will be an excellent communicator, capable of developing strong relationships with both a wide range of customers and internal members of the team.

For more information and details of how to apply please contact our retained executive search consultant, Sam Meakin at Medtech Executive Search Ltd: T: 07989 550539 or sam@medtechsearch.co.uk. 

Please quote reference JO0000000954 in all correspondence.

 

For more information see, https://uk.medical.canon/

East & West Midlands

(Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Birmingham, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire)

Highly Attractive Package, including excellent basic salary, commission based bonus scheme,     car/allowance and final salary pension scheme.

 

Role

In this highly autonomous role your primary responsibility will be the account management and business development of our Ultrasound business in the East & West Midlands region.  With a strong installed based and a burgeoning pipeline of new products, this is a fantastic opportunity to join our high performing team and work with some of the most cutting edge innovations in the imaging market.

 

Person

This is a complex, technical and multifaceted medical sales position and as such we require a highly talented and driven individual.  Ideally you will have a solid background in Ultrasound sales, or alternatively another field of Diagnostic Imaging.  Additionally, we are keen to hear from candidates with experience in other medical capital equipment fields.

Most importantly you will have a demonstrable track record of sales success, a high level of commercial awareness and naturally be an excellent communicator capable of developing strong relationships with both a wide range of customers and internal members of the team.

For more information and details of how to apply please contact our retained executive search consultant, Sam Meakin at Medtech Executive Search Ltd: T: 07989 550539 or sam@medtechsearch.co.uk. 

Please quote reference JO0000000956 in all correspondence.

 

For more information see, https://uk.medical.canon/

 

South West/M4 Corridor

(Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire)

Highly Attractive Package, including excellent basic salary, commission based bonus scheme,     car/allowance and final salary pension scheme.

Role

In this highly autonomous role your primary responsibility will be the account management and business development of our Ultrasound business in the East & West Midlands region.  With a strong installed based and a burgeoning pipeline of new products, this is a fantastic opportunity to join our high performing team and work with some of the most cutting edge innovations in the imaging market.

 

Person

This is a complex, technical and multifaceted medical sales position and as such we require a highly talented and driven individual.  Ideally you will have a solid background in Ultrasound sales, or alternatively another field of Diagnostic Imaging.  Additionally, we are keen to hear from candidates with experience in other medical capital equipment fields.

Most importantly you will have a demonstrable track record of sales success, a high level of commercial awareness and naturally be an excellent communicator capable of developing strong relationships with both a wide range of customers and internal members of the team.

For more information and details of how to apply please contact our retained executive search consultant, Sam Meakin at Medtech Executive Search Ltd: T: 07989 550539 or sam@medtechsearch.co.uk. 

Please quote reference JO0000000957 in all correspondence.

For more information see, https://uk.medical.canon/

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To coordinate all General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data processing agreements
  • To coordinate, administer and ensure accuracy of information within the Quality, Environmental and H&S Management Systems, including periodic reviews of documents.
  • Coordinate distribution of electronic radiation badges and monitoring readings.
  • Updating dashboards and coordinating complaints and department QA objectives.

REQUIREMENTS

  • QA experience and knowledge is essential.
  • Advanced level of IT, particularly in Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • A good standard of general education to A-Level desirable.
  • Excellent attention to detail, logical and methodical in their approach to work.
  • Valid driving licence and passport are required.

 

If you are interested in this position and would like a job description, please send your CV to hr.uk@eu.medical.canon

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Compass Coordinator is to coordinate the delivery of the Compass powered by Salesforce project and to support the Business Support department.

Requirements

  • Confident Salesforce user.
  • Excellent IT, particularly in Excel.
  • Project management experience is desirable.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • A good standard of general education.
  • Must be willing to occasionally travel around the UK to attend meetings and training sessions.
  • Valid driving licence and passport are required.

 

If you are interested in this position and would like a job description, please send your CV to hr.uk@eu.medical.canon

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Service Support Coordinator is to ensure that day to day service support runs smoothly within the organisation, supporting both internal and external customers. Working within an ever changing environment, there are both reactive and proactive responsibilities. As this is an apprentice position, duties will be reduced and there will be a 12 month training programme with the end goal of becoming a full-time Service Support Coordinator.

Requirements

  • Exceptionally high standard of written and spoken English.
  • Must demonstrate high organisation skills and be task focused.
  • Good Geographical knowledge of the United Kingdom.
  • Computer literate with skills in Excel & Word along with experience of business systems and reporting software.
  • Valid EU passport.

 

If you are interested in this position and would like a job description, please send your CV to hr.uk@eu.medical.canon

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Service Support Coordinator is to ensure that day to day service support runs smoothly within the organisation, supporting both internal and external customers. Working within an ever changing environment, there are both reactive and proactive responsibilities.

Requirements

  • Exceptionally high standard of written and spoken English.
  • Must demonstrate high organisation skills and be task focused.
  • Good Geographical knowledge of the United Kingdom.
  • Computer literate with skills in Excel & Word along with experience of business systems and reporting software.
  • Valid EU passport.

 

If you are interested in this position and would like a job description, please send your CV to hr.uk@eu.medical.canon

 

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.”

Photo: 

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.

The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC), an outpatient clinic within the University of South Wales recently acquired an Aplio 400 ultrasound system, which was delivered with Panoramic and SMI software. The Institute selected Canon Medical for its good reputation, reliability and the local support it provides.

 

Alison McBride, member of the  at WIOC MSK ultrasound team said, “It is an exciting development for us at the Chiropractic Institute as we are expanding our MSK ultrasound service to enable us to provide post-graduate clinical placement opportunities for those trying to fulfil course requirements. The WIOC provides a multi-disciplinary holistic approach to dealing with MSK problems and the ultrasound department is an essential part of the service.”

 

The WIOC is chiropractic training centre which is fully integrated within the University of South Wales. The outpatient clinic was purpose built in 2000 to allow the fourth year student clinicians on the Master of Chiropractic degree to undertake their clinical training. It offers a wide range of healthcare services to the community including chiropractic care, rehabilitation and diagnostic imaging.

 

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 400 at the WIOC comes with Panoramic View SMI, which complements colour Doppler techniques in visualising small micro-vasculature.

 

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Shown left to right: Erica Oliver, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, Canon Medical; Dr. Roger Denton, Sports Physician, Dr. Alf Turner, Programme Leader and Alison McBride, Course Organiser, Senior Lecturer/Sonographer

 

Canon Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including CT, X-Ray, ultrasound 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 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 recently took its highly successful low dose road show over to Northern Ireland, where it was held over two consecutive days at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey. A total of twenty-nine radiographers attended across the two days, the events being free for Canon customers, with the level of experience varying from a month to over thirty years.   Delegates all enjoyed the programme and are looking forward to further events in Northern Ireland.

 

The aims of the event were to build on the success of the low dose road shows previously run by the Canon Medical UK CT applications team. Northern Ireland is a new part of Canon Medical UK’s business, and educational events have previously not been held there for Canon users. These events are a useful tool for customers to understand how the systems function, as well as informing delegates about Canon equipment, introduce more detail as to how it works, and also to provide a practical demonstration of the software in action. The emphasis is on how the technologies influence image quality and dose, providing information to assist delegates in optimising their equipment in the clinical environment.

 

New Canon technologies were also discussed in relation to enhanced image quality and low doses, including SEMAR, SURESubtraction, FIRST and other Canon unique software. Low dose Cardiac CT was also covered, looking at the challenges presented in cardiac CT and how they can be overcome.

 

The final presentation, “What is displayed”, looked at how dose is measured, how effective dose is calculated and what dose information should be displayed on the scanners.

 

Comments on the two days ranged from “Presentations were excellent; lecturers were obviously well-educated and confident in the field”, to “Very beneficial event – extremely well organised. It was very helpful to get CT radiography staff thinking about their scanner/operator techniques, rather than just rolling through the motions.  Many thanks!” 

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Shown here: Group photo of delegates and speakers

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:

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

New maternity ultrasound imaging service based in Oban provides much anticipated local service for mothers-to-be

 Canon Medical has partnered with Lorn and Islands Hospital to launch a new maternity scanning service for expectant mothers across the region. Sonographers at the hospital will use a Canon Aplio™ 400 ultrasound system and three probes to launch an expert and convenient local service for mothers-to-be.

Based at the Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban, the service will cover Argyll and Bute and surrounding areas, as well as Mull and Tiree islands, with over 350 expectant mothers every year having access to a first-class maternity scanning service, which includes dating scans, Down’s syndrome screening, detailed anomaly scans and growth scans.

Lead sonographer, Helen Payne, says the Lorn and Islands service will make it much easier for local expectant mothers to get necessary scans. “Until this new local service was launched patients had to spend anywhere between two and a half to four hours travelling to Glasgow for their scans.”

 The launch of the new maternity scanning service comes after months of teamwork and collaboration between midwives, sonographers, radiology and hospital management and the service’s imaging partner, Canon Medical.

The sonography team has enjoyed help and input from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow and NHS Highland, as well as invaluable logistics and IT support from St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The service will use Canon Medical’s Aplio 400 ultrasound scanner and a high frequency probe for nuchal scans that produces exceptional image quality and accuracy for obstetrics imaging. Canon’s unique Advanced Dynamic Flow provides unparalleled colour imaging of blood through the foetal heart.

Helen Payne adds, “The imaging equipment is of the highest quality and the training and applications development work has been impressive   Canon has effectively worked with us to help design and deliver a first-class imaging service for the Argyll and Bute area.”

 Ergonomically designed with a fully customisable console, the scanner helps ensure every examination has an optimal result, providing the sonographers with unsurpassed image quality and superior productivity.

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Canon Medical says, “We are delighted to partner with Lorn and Islands Hospital to design and deliver a maternity scanning service. It’s exciting to know that specialist imaging equipment, operated by highly trained sonographers, is now easily accessible for mothers-to-be in the region.”

 

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Shown here, right to left, Tracey Bellas, Ultrasound Specialist, Canon Medical; Mark Nichols, Radiology Department Manager; Scott Couper, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Canon Medical; Becky Brown, Midwife Sonographer and Helen Payne, Sonographer.    Seated in front is Jaki Lambert, Consultant Midwife

Canon Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MR, across the globe.   As from 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 provid4e medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and well being 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 standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

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

 

“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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“From this year, we plan to redouble our efforts, particularly in healthcare.”

Canon Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai

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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

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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.

 

Photo: 

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.

 

Photo: 

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.”

 

 PHOTO:

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.

 

Photo: 

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.

 

Photo: 

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.”

 

Photo: 

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.

 

Photo:

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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

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 MRI equates to 47 stoves and 141,598 litres of water

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.

 

Photo: 

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

 

 

Canon Medial 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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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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

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

 

 

 

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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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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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

Aintree Hospital Prime

 

Aintree Hospital recently acquired a Canon Aquilion PRIME CT scanner. The new equipment is an additional system to three other Canon CT systems at the hospital, and is located in the new major trauma centre that treats in excess of 80,000 patients per year.

Kate Hughes, CT Manager, comments, “We already have three Canon scanners and we know they are very reliable machines with a very comprehensive after-sales service. Also being familiar with the functions reduced the training period, and Canon understood our needs throughout the procurement process. We like the speed, reliability and ease-of-use of the new system, key requirements for equipment in an A&E department.” 

The Aquilion PRIME is the ideal CT scanner for a busy A&E department that needs to provide instant access to a wide variety of examinations. The system has a wide bore, bariatric couch and high output generator to ensure that all patients can be scanned comfortably and without compromise. The inclusion of lateral couch movement ensures that minimal patient movement is required to achieve perfect positioning.

In an environment where time is of the essence, InstaView, Canon’s instantaneous image reconstruction and review software enables immediate image review, allowing for critical decisions to be made. Intuitive, structured workflow ensures rapid scanning which along with the integration of Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction (AIDR 3D Enhanced) the patient dose can be lowered by up to 75 percent compared to conventional scan techniques.

The scanner had a wide array of advanced packages to ensure all clinical scenarios are covered including SURECardio; wide volume brain perfusion and variable helical pitch.

 

 

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Shown here, left to right, Dr Suzanne Amin, Consultant Radiologist; Dr Erica Thwaite, Consultant Radiologist; Karen Irwin, CSI Manager; Kate Hughes, CT Manager; Kathy Porritt, Radiographer; Dr Aldo Camenzuli, Consultant Interventional Radiologist; Ray Smith, Radiographer; Graham King, Account Executive CT/MR/XR, Canon Medical Systems and Dr Rebecca Hanlon, Radiology Clinical Director

 

 

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

Low Dose Road Show

 

Canon Medical Systems recently held a study day on the company’s CT scanners from a physicist’s perspective, at three separate venues in the UK: Slough, Manchester and Glasgow.

 

Building on the success of its low dose road shows, which are run by Canon’s CT applications team and aimed predominantly at clinical radiographers, the recent study days were tailored for physicists working with Canon CT scanners. Delegates were given an overview of Canon’s equipment and introduced in more detail to how the technologies function, including a practical demonstration of the software in action. The emphasis was on how the technologies influence image quality and dose, providing delegates with the information to help optimisation in the clinical environment.

 

The programme opened with a CT review, covering Canon’s detector technology, scanner aperture, detector technology and dose efficiency including a comparison between helical and volume scanning.

 

Noise reduction and reconstruction methods and how they work, including AIDR and the latest model-based iterative reconstruction FIRST, were explained, as well as Canon’s metal artefact reduction software, SEMAR. Wedge filter design, fields-of-view and resolution including what it is and what it affects were also discussed.

 

Automatic exposure control was explained, including how Canon’s SUREExposure works, how it adapts to individual patient size and what exposure parameters affect each other when using SUREExposure and how they affect patient dose.

 

All these topics were presented by Dr. Roy Irwan, Science and Product Manager CT at Canon Medical Systems Europe and Deputy Chair HERCA-COCIR TF*. Dr. Irwan concluded with a presentation looking at the IEC regulations covering how dose must be displayed and the changes over time. The presentation also introduced delegates to HERCA (Heads of the European Radiological Protection Competent Authorities, and the commitments from COCIR regarding standardised benchmarking of CT systems, implementation of dose reduction methods in CT, dose management and reporting, and provision of specific training curricula.

 

Mr. David Platten, Medical Physicist at Northampton General Hospital gave a presentation on the 16th COMARE** report, (IR(ME)R,*** which covered the seven recommendations from COMARE and how they help address IR(ME)R and optimisation in dose, including personal experience in his own clinical environment and the importance of medical physicists, radiographers, radiologists and manufacturers working together to obtain the best clinical use of CT scanners.

 

Mark Condron, Senior CT Applications Specialist and Heather Dring, CT Applications Specialist at Canon Medical Systems ran a session on application of technology in clinical practice. This comprised an introduction to the user interface, plus a short demonstration to illustrate the differences between software versions, and slides on dose notification, dose alert and dose reports.   It also included a practical session, using a demonstration system to show, amongst other topics, how the interface works, the effect of different parameters on dose, different scan modes and the anatomy of a protocol.

 

Over 75 delegates attended over the three days, mainly medical physicists. The event was free for Canon customers and those physicists responsible for Canon CT systems. The feedback was excellent, with comments ranging from “extremely good coverage of physics on application of image quality and reconstructive software”; “very well targeted to the audience”, to “very helpful Canon representatives and handy networking opportunities.” Another delegate stated “it was a very good idea to run this course.  Well presented and informative day, I would be very happy to attend a similar event, if you run one again.”  “It was a useful study day; plenty of information, which will aid our upcoming testing on the new scanners.    Thank you for inviting us.”

 

Photo: Group Photo: Delegates at the Glasgow venue

*HERCA-COCIR TF

Heads of the European Radiological Protection Competent Authorities

European Coordination Committee of the Radiological Electromedical Healthcare IT Industry

TF – Task Force

 

**COMARE – Committee on Medial Aspects of Radiation in the Environment

 

***IR(ME)R – Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations

 

 

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

Japan Green Ultrasound

 

The Japan Medical Centre, a private healthcare facility based at Throgmorton Avenue, London, recently acquired a Canon Xario 200 ultrasound system for general abdominal, vascular and MSK scanning.

 

Dr. Yoshihiro Takaya, Clinical Director comments, “The new scanner is easy-to-use with excellent image quality.  We have enjoyed stress-free imaging with a Canon Nemio scanner for many years and appreciate its stability and compactness. On the Xario 200 we particularly like the QuickScan software, which enables automatic optimisation of image quality, and also the elastography package, which helps us to evaluate a solid component effectively. Dr. Takaya adds, “We also found Canon’s after-sales support to be particularly helpful and efficient.”

 

Small, smart and simple, Canon’s Xario 200 comes with outstanding image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner, which includes lightweight, transducers covering a large variety of clinical applications as well as a fully customisable console and a large colour touch command screen. The large 19 inch high-resolution monitor has a fully articulating monitor arm, and ergonomic handgrip, enabling optimised positioning in every challenging environment. Xario’s monitor facilitates full screen mode for increased visibility of the smallest detail. In addition, it is equipped with details such as smart transducer cable management, a standby function to allow quick shutdown and startup in mobile situations and, during probe changes, an illuminated transducer bay area.

 

The Xario 200 has been engineered to enhance efficiency, increase throughput and boost productivity. Canon’s exclusive iStyle+ productivity suite simplifies procedures and accelerates workflow with a set of automation tools. The customisable user interface and touch screen display, providing one-button access to major imaging modes and functions, reduces operator fatigue. At the touch of a button, exam times are reduced using the fully automated Quick Start menu to optimise image quality and colour flow for specific targets, and greater exam consistency can be achieved by the use of Quick Scan to optimise image quality. In addition, workflow can be automated and exams standardised using the Quick Assist Protocols featuring a one-click operation.

 

 

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Shown here (left to right) Kae Kikukawa, Head Nurse; Dr. Yoshihiro Takaya, Clinical Director; Yoshie Sekita, Clinical Assistant; Dr. Katsunori Ishida and Jane Hanford, Clinical Applications Specialist, Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems

 

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

Royal Victoria US 22.02.16

 

Canon Medical Systems is supporting a series of workshops on a cutting edge new procedure at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The technique involves the use of iodine-125 seeds for the localisation of breast tumours.

The UK Breast Screening Service detects around 17,000 breast tumours per annum, of which the majority are impalpable. Many of these patients will undergo surgical excision of the tumour guided by wire.

The Newcastle Hospitals Trust has introduced the first routine UK service to localise tumours with iodine-125 seeds as an alternative to wires. The seeds act as a beacon in the tumour, with a gamma probe guiding the surgeon to the precise location. This has resulted in an improved patient pathway as the seed insertion can take place seven to fourteen days prior to surgery. There is improved cosmesis and almost all surgical excisions are done as a day case.

The Trust uses the Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound scanner for seed placement and a Canon Viamo portable ultrasound machine is used on the course for practical demonstration.

The RVI was the first unit in the UK to start using this technique, in October 2014 after staff had travelled to the Netherlands for training in the procedure.

Merilyn Cockburn, Advanced Practitioner Radiographer says, “Apart from the advantages of being able to insert the seeds at least a week before surgery, thereby reducing the anxiety for patients, other benefits include a more straight forward procedure, with research showing that the technique gives greater accuracy in locating the tumour. The Canon ultrasound scanner offers good tumour and iodine seed visualisation and to date we have not had any misplaced seeds. The Canon Viamo portable machine is easy to set up and use and has improved the quality of our practical demonstrations.

The target audience for the workshop includes breast radiologists, radiographers, surgeons, key theatre and pathology staff, nuclear medicine physicists and radiation protection advisors.   Further workshops are planned and anyone interested can contact Julie.whale@nuth.nus.uk

 

 

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Shown here is the team at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, left to right, Mr. Adam Critchley, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon; Dr. George Petrides, Consultant Radiologist; Dr. Nidhi Sibal, Consultant Radiologist, Breast Screening Programme Director; Merilyn Cockburn and Jenni Scott, Advanced Practitioner Radiographers and Dr. Richard Peace, Clinical Scientist & Nuclear Medicine Physicist

 

 

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

Nuffield Health Leeds CT

Canon’s Aquilion ONE VISION Edition CT system was recently chosen by Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital. The new equipment replaces an existing scanner and was purchased primarily for its cutting edge cardiac capabilities. Cardiac is an area of speciality for the hospital. As part of the project Canon also supplied a Vitrea advanced visualisation software (thin client) solution.

Nuffield Health Leeds is Yorkshire’s largest private hospital, located in Leeds city centre. It specialises in complex surgery such as cardiac and neurosurgery, whilst also delivering specialities more traditionally associated with a private hospital such as orthopaedics, women’s and men’s health and cosmetic surgery.

Andrew Pimperton, Diagnostic Services Manager, says, “We chose Canon CT because it is a market leader in terms of cardiac CT, which is one of our areas of speciality at Leeds Nuffield. The acquisition of the heart in a single rotation gives us a competitive edge.”    Andrew continues, “The Canon team was very helpful and we are happy with the scanner.   It delivers clinically, and we have been able to increase our throughput with the new scanner.   Also, for the first time, we hope to be able to offer our patients a CT colonography service.”        

The Aquilion ONE VISION Edition CT scanner at Nuffield Health Leeds delivers advanced performance, with state-of-the-art features, including cardiac, body perfusion, CT colon CAD, and lung density analysis packages. It comes with Canon’s new PUREVision detector which provides unparalleled image resolution and industry leading dose savings. The Aquilion ONE is ideal for scanning bariatric patients with advanced iterative dose reduction, a large capacity generator, a 300kg couch and a large bore of 78 cm.

The addition to the system of iterative reconstructed volumetric 3D and 2D real-time CT fluoroscopy allows the most difficult interventional procedures to be performed at the lowest dose with improved accuracy and safety for both operator and patient.

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Shown here (left to right)  Graham King, Account Executive CT/MR/XR, Canon Medical Systems; Georgina Casey, Radiographer; Lee Martin and Heather Dring, CT Application Specialists, Canon Medical Systems; Lisa Fox, Lead Radiographer and Andrew Pimperton, Diagnostic 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 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

St Mary's XR 15/02/16

Canon Medical Systems recently sponsored a cardiology simulation training session at the Surgical Innovation Centre, located at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. The Hammersmith MDT Immersive Team Simulation sessions utilised the simulation framework iCAST (Imperial Cardiology Simulation Training) programme. Developed by Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in conjunction with a team of behavioural psychologists and experts in simulation science, in close collaboration with strong clinical leads in cardiology and anaesthesia, it provides an inclusive and innovative approach to education, training and learning for consultants, trainees and cath-lab personnel.

Patient safety lies at the heart of the iCAST programme, which features a ‘live’ patient (actor), in a simulated setting with a state-of-the-art interventional simulator and trained clinical and technical faculty, housed in a high fidelity simulated cath lab (Orcamp) at the Surgical Innovation Centre at St. Mary’s. The pioneering iCAST framework fills crucial gaps in current cath-lab training by providing a safe, high-fidelity and immersive simulated setting for learning human factor skills (e.g. communication, leadership, decision-making, team co-operation and crisis management), combined with technical and procedural skills.

The simulations and subsequent structured team debriefs and group discussions aimed to provide a safe, simulated environment and multi-professional platform for learning for consultants and multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs), participating in the simulations. In addition, as an educational group learning tool, the aim was to generate discussions and solutions for Hammersmith cath-lab personnel viewing the simulations to establish: (a) what went wrong in the scenarios and why? (b) How can MDT communication and teamwork related issues be improved in real cath labs and (c) what are the current barriers and solutions for improvement?

Three entire cath-lab teams participated in three simulations, each led by a consultant cardiologist.  Each team comprised one radiographer, one cath-lab nurse, one physiologist, and an anaesthetist, who was called when needed in the case. All consultants and cath-lab team members were blind to the scenarios and were presented with a case history only, leading on to the interventional procedure and onset of complications requiring external input. Consultant anaesthetists were paged to arrive to the simulated cath-lab as in real emergency cases. Using the iCAST methodology, scenarios were expertly manipulated, haemodynamically and procedurally, in a separate control room by the highly experienced simulation faculty.

Findings, based on fifty iCAST participants, reflected the high realism of the training format, its utility and potential. The simulation experience was positively rated in terms of replicating the workplace, pathway and interactions with the team. It was rated positively for team training and as a format to assess workplace performance.

From a cath-lab personnel perspective, a radiographer from Hammersmith Hospital, participating in the training said, “Thank you very much for giving me an opportunity for the simulation based training course. It was a very useful, challenging and effective way to enhance and improve technical skills, clinical knowledge and also inter-professional skills. I would say it is part of clinical governance to delivery quality service and quality care to the patients and I would like to recommend to all my multi-professional colleagues to participate in this simulation training course.” 

 Dr. Jonathan Cousins, Consultant Anaesthetist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust summed up the day, commenting, “I have used and been trained inside anaesthetic-only simulators for many years, mainly to train crisis management and acute skill updates. iCAST is different and refreshingly so, the focus clearly on the MDT and getting a ‘pick and mix’ on call team to act in unison and without conflict between rank and specialty. Cardiac cath labs are the epitome of modern day hospital crisis environments. The specialty has rapidly out grown its historical construction and supports with the advent of HAC’s and chest pain centres – iCAST is clearly striving to repair this growth gap.” 

 Dr. Cousins continues, “It was clear how stressful the scenarios appeared to senior consultants (wanting to appear faultless and in sole charge) but the junior doctors with less knowledge, but more belief in teams and support relished the challenges. iCAST let them show the seniors how to engage (by example) and both groups were impressively changed by the end of the course.      This course should be standard for all trainees entering the cardiac catheter labs and for consultant revalidation on a regular basis – a 100% must for those on a PCI rota. With more than fifteen years experience of my own, I learnt a great deal and can see improvements in my own practice.”

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Shown here, students participating in a simulation-based training session   

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:

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

Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton recently purchased a Canon Xario 200 ultrasound scanner for use in the hospital’s early pregnancy assessment clinic.

Debra Hamilton-Rose, EPAC Specialist Nurse, commenting on the new equipment, says “The process of moving over to our new Canon Xario 200 was very smooth. It is a smaller and more compact machine compared to what we had been used to, and the heat and noise output is noticeably reduced. The staff from Canon made the switch over seamless and also provided training and ongoing support with any issues we encountered.”

Smaller, smarter and simpler, the Xario 200 comes with excellent image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner. Its lightweight transducers cover a large variety of clinical applications and provide superb image quality. With a fully customisable console, it offers a large colour Touch Command Screen to programme the system settings and access, so that very intuitively and quickly, a wide range of applications and exam types can be programmed into the system. In addition, flexible, individually customisable panel keys and smart panel layout contribute towards a significant reduction in keystrokes and shortened exam time. Canon’s QuickStart is available with its preset orientation which enables swift execution of every exam, with easy access to measurements and annotations, increasing productivity even further. QuickScan one-button image optimisation automatically adjusts parameters of B-mode and Doppler mode.

Offering better ergonomics for the workplace, the Xario 200 features a very attractive and compact system designed with a small body that is extremely lightweight, for rapid and easy transportability in every clinical environment. It sets new standards of ergonomics with a height adjustable console over a large range, plus a panel swivel for even more flexibility.  Xario’s transducers are also ergonomically shaped with flexible cables and a very slim connector. They are locked to the main system through large levers for secure connection and the active port indicator further enhances workflow.

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

University College Hospital CT

Canon Medical Systems recently supplied two premium CT scanners, an Aquilion ONE Vision Edition and an Aquilion PRIME, to University College Hospital, London.

Dr. Mark Duncan, Consultant Radiologist and CT Lead says, “We are delighted to be entering into a new partnership with Canon to supply University College Hospital with industry-leading CT technology and serve as a reference site for these scanners. Our Aquilion ONE Vision will provide us with numerous cutting-edge features, allowing UCH patients to benefit from new techniques in many fields, including cardiac CT, cancer imaging, and neuro perfusion, all at vastly reduced doses compared to our previous scanners. Our Aquilion PRIME will be our main interventional CT scanner for biopsies and the complex tumour ablations performed by our rapidly expanding interventional oncology service, and we look forward to working with Canon to develop new capabilities in these areas. We are also delighted with the training and support we have received from Canon so far.”

The Aquilion ONE Vision Edition provides robust clinical solutions, offering unique benefits for cardiac care, stroke and perfusion. The Aquilion PRIME is ideal for imaging departments that need to perform a wide variety and number of routine examinations as well as advanced studies, together with streamlined workflow to obtain maximum quality images at the lowest possible radiation dose through the new PUREVision detector. Both systems come with Canon’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction, AIDR 3D, which lowers the noise level by up to fifty percent and the patient dose by up to 75 percent compared to conventional scanners.

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Shown here, left to right, Jason Godbold, CT Superintendent, UCLH; Simon Weeden, Branch Manager, Canon Medical Systems; Dr. Mark Duncan, Consultant Radiologist, UCLH;  Alistair Howseman, Director of Sales, and Stephen Whale, Account Executive, both of Canon Medical Systems. Gemma Lewis, A&E Superintendent Radiographer, UCLH;  Richard Murley, Chairman, UCLH; Sir Robert Naylor, CEO, UCLH and Hugh Jelley, Divisional Manager, UCLH

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:

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

Womens Centre DevonThe Ultrasound Department at the Centre for Women’s Health at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital recently purchased a Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound system.

Commenting on the new system, Dr. Helen Liversedge, Associate Specialist, Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound said, “Our department has experience with the Aplio 500 and it is a very popular machine with us. It has all-round capabilities with great image quality and Doppler. We decided to choose the Canon scanner after a few trials; we used a points system to score the ultrasound machines on offer, and the Aplio 500 came out with the highest score.”

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.

The system comes equipped with a wide range of powerful clinical tools for advanced visualisation, quantification and intervention. Its modular design with raw data functionality is easy to upgrade, allowing it to grow at any time, according to clinical demands. Lighter and with a smaller footprint, the Aplio 500 is designed to increase mobility, to optimise viewing and to provide an ergonomic workplace.

 

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Shown here on the left is Dr. Helen Liversedge, Associate Specialist, Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound, with Sonographers, Claire Overton (centre) and Rachel Hardy (right)

 

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

Western Isles UltrasoundCanon Medical Systems recently supplied two Aplio 500 ultrasound systems and a Viamo portable scanner to the Western Isles Hospital in the Outer Hebrides. One system will be used for the main hospital in Stornoway, and a second scanner is for both radiology and obstetrics scanning at Uist and Barra Hospital, a satellite of the Western Isles Hospital on Benbecula Isle. The A&E department at Stornoway will be using the Viamo for FAST scans.

The Canon equipment was chosen for its versatility and high image quality. Steve Wilson, Sonographer says, “We have a two year old Aplio that we bought for obstetrics. The image quality is what has impressed us most about this machine. We trialled the new unit in radiology for a few days and we were, again, impressed with its performance over a range of examinations, and we were happy to order two new Aplios for radiology in the Western Isles.   We have the main hospital in Stornoway and a satellite hospital in Benbecula, which we visit weekly to provide an ultrasound clinic for the southern Western Isles. The Aplio scanners are very versatile, providing great image quality across a broad range of exams and are perfect for our needs. We also ordered two UPS for the units as we get a number of sudden power cuts on the islands due to the unpredictable weather, and these prevent the scanners from crashing and losing data.”

 Canon’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Canon’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.
The Viamo ultrasound system, which shares its core imaging engine and transducer technology with the Aplio series, offers all the advantages of a portable laptop with the advanced radiology features of a premium cart-based scanner to deliver outstanding image quality, enhanced diagnostic confidence and improved ease-of-use.

 

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Shown here with the Aplio 500, is, on the left, Mike Woodley and on the right, Steve Wilson, Sonographers at the Western Isles Hospital

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

Queen Elizabeth Gateshead UltrasoundThe Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead recently purchased two Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound systems with Contrast Harmonic Imaging, shear wave, elastography, SMI (Superb Micro-vascular Imaging) and 4D.The new equipment replaced existing systems in a rapidly expanding service covering Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham. Both scanners are dedicated breast systems and Dr. Jane Potterton, Lead Consultant Radiologist commenting on the choice says, “The Canon Aplio produces high quality images for all breast types leading to an accurate and speedy diagnosis.”  
Canon’s range of Aplio ultrasound systems deliver outstanding performance for superior clinical precision, diagnostic confidence and productivity, offering a wide selection of advanced imaging and quantification tools to supply valuable additional information that can help avoid supplementary exams.
At Gateshead, the Aplio 500 was selected due to its image quality and range of software options available. The hospital has a research radiologist who will be looking at using the various software options and collaborating with other centres on a variety of projects.   In addition, Canon is keen to work alongside the department of education and training at Gateshead hospital.

 

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Shown left to right: Dr. Jane Potterton, Lead Consultant Radiologist; Catherine Consterdine and Gillian Tulip, Radiographers; Dr. Sheetal Sharma Consultant Radiologist; Jackie Westgarth, Radiographer; Dr. Alan Redman and Dr. Simon Lowes, Consultant Radiologists; Barbara Welsh, Department Deputy Lead, and Tracey Bellas, Clinical Specialist, Ultrasound, Canon Medical Systems
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 usage for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

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

St Johns

Suzanne Adams comments, “We reviewed a number of machines from different manufacturers before deciding that Canon not only met all our clinical needs, but went beyond our expectations. Image quality and the wide range of advanced system functions were the main deciding factors in selecting the system. With the advanced functions offered by the Aplio 500 we have been able to increase the range of work we are able to perform, including oral contrast and 3D gynaecology.” Suzy continues, “The applications and service support offered by Canon has been excellent. They have been able to accommodate one-to-one training as well as radiologists performing specialist scans. Overall, I have been impressed with Canon’s professionalism as well as their excellent equipment.”  

The Canon Aplio 300 is a reliable, cost-effective and versatile system, offering superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail for the widest range of clinical specialties. In addition, comprehensive onboard facilities allow the user to review, manage and report on studies conveniently on the system, or in a network environment.
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Pictured at the St. John’s Therapy Centre, part of St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, left to right, are Filia Smith and Jane Hanford, Clinical Application Specialists at Canon Medical Systems, and Suzanne Adams, Ultrasound Superintendent.    The centre purchased a Canon Aplio 500 to cover a wide range of scans, including 3D gynaecology, small parts and general abdominal imaging.

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.

West London Beast Screening

Pictured at the handover at the Rose Centre, St. George’s Hospital, along with one of the three Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound systems purchased by the Centre, are, left to right, Jane Hanford, Clinical Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Sue Marshall and Cate Hagen, Clinical Assistants; Dr. Louisa Wilkinson, Consultant Radiologist; Anuma Shrestha, Specialist Practitioner, Sian Davies, Healthcare Assistant and Mary Sinclair, Consultant Practitioner.

The Aplio 500, was selected for its outstanding image quality and ease-of-use, and came with Canon’s new platform incorporating Super Micro Vascular Imaging (SMI), which expands the range of visible flow and also provides visualisation of low velocity microvascular flow.

Canon’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Canon’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability, while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.

 

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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

Zita West Clinic

The Zita West Clinic London has recently upgraded its ultrasound platform to the latest Canon Xario 200. The Xario 200 was chosen for its high image quality on the transvaginal transducer. Commenting on the new equipment, Anita O’Neil, Group Practice Manager says, “The Xario 200 came recommended to us by another clinic and we have found the equipment easy-to-use and fits the needs of a fertility clinic. The Canon team was excellent, and the training on the system was particularly good.”
The Xario 200 is small, smart and simple to use, with outstanding image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner. Offering better ergonomics for the workplace it features a small body that is extremely lightweight for rapid and easy transportability in every clinical environment. It comes with a height adjustable console over a large range and ergonomically shaped transducers with flexible cables and a very slim connector. They are locked to the main system through large levers for secure connection and the active port indicator further enhances workflow.

 

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Pictured with the Xario 200 is, on the left, Anita O’Neil, Group Practice Manager, the Zita West Clinic, with, on right, Jane Hanford, Clinical Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems.

 

 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

 

 

 

Morecambe Bay US

Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust (MBHT) recently held an inaugural ultrasound study day at Westmorland General Hospital, with sonographers and radiologist from the three hospitals in the Trust attending.   Entitled “System training and ultrasound update at MBHT”, the meeting was led by Dr. Nigel Grunshaw, Consultant Radiologist at Furness General Hospital. The study day was supported by Canon Medical Systems.

 This was the first time that MBHT had organised an in-house ultrasound study day, and in fact, it was the first time since the Trust was formed that all three ultrasound teams had been brought together. Jayne Ireland was recently appointed as head of ultrasound across the Trust and comments, “The study day itself marked the beginning of many positive changes which lie ahead for the team at MBHT. The previously three separate ultrasound teams will now work more closely by sharing expertise, and every sonographer will be fully supported and have the opportunity, with training, to develop to their full potential.” Jayne continues, “The feedback from all the sonographers was overwhelmingly positive; all the presentations were excellent, relevant and informative. We are now hoping to make this an annual event and tailor it to the MBHT sonographers’ needs and interests. Sales Specialist Lynn Parkington and Applications Specialist Paula Connor from Canon were excellent hosts and helped the day run smoothly.”

 The programme consisted of a wide variety of presentations on diverse topics, including GI ultrasound and thoracic ultrasound (Dr. Nigel Grunshaw); acute tendon injuries (Dr. Sameer Shamshuddin); thyroid ultrasound (Dr. Nik Nik-Hussin); avoiding stillbirths  – every baby counts (Dr. Alison Sambrook and Wendy Thompson), and direct entry ultrasound (Lorelei Waring).

The day was rounded off by Lynn Parkington and Paula Connor from Canon Medical Systems, demonstrating the advanced applications available on the hospital’s newly-purchased ultrasound systems.

Feedback on the day rated it an overwhelming success and it is hoped to make it an annual event, tailoring the programme to the sonographers’ training needs.

 

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Shown here delegates and speakers at the study day
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Following the completion of the company’s Customer Satisfaction survey, Canon Medical Systems presented cheques to three charities. The donations were made by Canon on behalf of individuals who gave up time to complete the telephone survey.

The survey, undertaken independently by QCG, polled both clinical and business staff across the UK, and consisted of feedback from almost four hundred customers who were asked what they felt about Canon’s products, customer service and staff.

The results indicated a resounding endorsement of Canon customer service, with ninety-four percent of the respondents rating the company’s services highly. Nine out of ten respondents stated they would recommend Canon’s product to other people, a significant measure of product quality, reinforcing Canon’s commitment to innovation, ease-of-use, efficiency and comfort. In fact, the top three reasons for product satisfaction were listed by customers as: image quality, ease-of-use and reliability.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director, Canon Medical Systems UK expressing his delight at the findings said, “It’s great to hear such positive feedback from our customers; we pride ourselves on the fact that we take a long-term approach to customer relationships, and customer satisfaction is obviously a critical part of that. We are always looking at how we can innovate to help our customers to be more efficient, either by increasing patient throughput or speeding up diagnosis and treatment. Our solutions combine the high quality systems that customers have come to expect, along with superb engineering, customer support and consistent reliability.”

 Canon will use the feedback from the survey to strengthen its work in all areas, reinforcing the company’s commitment to product excellence and innovation, and to providing unparalleled service and support to its customers.

Canon nominated three charities: Little Hearts Matter charity, Canon donating £900 to this cause. The Stroke Association received £1,270, and the third organisation to benefit was MacMillan Cancer Support charity, receiving £2,090.

On receiving the donation, Paul Tomlinson of the Stroke Association commented, “A stroke occurs every three minutes in the UK and so we very much welcome the support received from Canon and also Canon’s customers in nominating the Stroke Association for donations. The response demonstrates that Canon’s ethos of social responsibility and environmental commitment is appreciated by its customers.”

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Photo : AB15584 shows the presentation to Little Hearts Matter. On the left is Maiko Davison, Head of Marketing Canon Medical Systems and on the right is Bal Kainth from Little Hearts Matter.

Photo : 31634-11 shows presentation to MacMillan Cancer Support. On the left is James Bacharew from the charity, and on the right Mark Hitchman, Managing Director Canon Medical Systems UK

Photo : 31634-13 shows the presentation to the Stroke Association. On the left is Paul Tomlinson from the Stroke Association, and on the right Mark Hitchman, Managing Director Canon Medical Systems UK

 

Canon Medical Systems Europe is part of the Canon Corporation, with an extensive global network of almost 100 subsidiaries and affiliates outside Japan and over 204,000 employees worldwide. Canon supports system user with an extensive range of diagnostic imaging systems, including CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound, and a burgeoning R&D pipeline, which makes us one of the world’s leading suppliers of medical systems.  Globally recognised as a pioneer within the marketplace ensure we remain at the forefront of this dynamic industry and are capable of responding rapidly to the changing needs of our customers.

Our UK business is a rapidly growing organisation with a team of dedicated Service professionals who provide exceptional levels of service to our valued customers.  To enhance our customer offering in the South East Region, we are looking for a field service engineer to provide complex and expert technical assistance for our leading edge medical diagnostic CT and XR imaging systems.

As a highly motivated and enthusiastic full-time engineer already working in the imaging sector, your passion for supporting patient care through your expertise is what drives your success, along with your understanding that our customers are healthcare professionals who directly influence the health of real people – often our friends and family.  To apply for this role you must hold a recognised engineering qualification.  This role is interesting and varied and involves occasional travel into Europe for training purposes.

Canon Medical Systems attracts and retains highly skilled and solution-focussed individuals, generating a workforce of dynamic and motivated specialists who are dedicated to our customers. By offering a highly competitive salary and benefits package, along with an opportunity to continuously develop expertise, Canon offers meaningful and fulfilling employment opportunities.  If you want a challenging and satisfying role, are committed to providing exceptional customer satisfaction, and have a track record of achievements in your field, we want you in the Canon team.

Excellent benefits package including Basic Salary, Bonus, Company Car, Pension, Private Medical Insurance, Income Protection and Life Assurance

To be considered for this highly rewarding position, please send your CV with a covering letter as application to recruitment@toshiba-medical.eu.

Closing date 30th November 2015

Countess of Chester US November 2015

Canon Medical Systems recently handed over The Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust a Canon Next Generation Aquilion ONE CT scanner.

The Next Generation Aquilion ONE CT system has a new PUREVision detector which provides unparalleled image resolution with exceptional dose savings. Next Generation Aquilion ONE includes Canon’s latest-generation iterative dose reconstruction software, AIDR 3D advanced, which is fully integrated into the protocols and can be used in all scanning techniques. In addition, the new high speed gantry has a 78cm aperture to accommodate all patients, including bariatric and patients with high heart rates.

Consultant Radiologist and Divisional Medical Director, Dr. Amer Rehman comments: “For a hospital of our size to have such a state-of-the-art CT scanner at our disposal is a major coup. The image quality is fantastic, but the key progress is the speed with which we can capture images of the body, and in particular the heart, which takes cardiac imaging to a new level.   We are now able to image the entire heart and coronary arteries in one ‘cardiac cycle’, and the diagnostic quality is superior to any other scanner in operation.” Dr. Rehman continues, “The process is also a lot kinder for many patients, as we will only rarely need to use Beta Blockers to slow the patient’s heart rate for imaging, and will, therefore, be able to complete the scan more promptly, conveniently, and at a higher quality.”

 Ultra helical scanning capabilities reduce the scanning time to seconds, minimising overall examination times, including the length of time patients are required to hold their breath. The exceptional 4D diagnostic imaging can record a moment in time, or over multiple moments, image dynamic blood flow or the mechanics of joint movement.

Dr. Rehman concludes, “The radiology team at The Countess saw 31,000 patients last year and the new scanner will enable us to be even more efficient and accurate, whilst hopefully both improving throughput and reducing radiation dose. In addition, some of the more common follow-up scans can now be performed with much less radiation and no significant compromise of quality.”

 

Shown here, left to right, standing: Emma Fondacaro, CT Superintendent Radiographer and Dr. Amer Rehman, Divisional Medical Director. Next to Dr. Rehman are Canon Medical Systems personnel – Lee Martin, CT Applications Specialist; Graham King, Account Executive, CT/MR/XR, and Heather Dring, CT Applications Specialist,

Seated are, left to right, Mike Roberts, Radiography Support Worker and Chris McManus, Senior Radiographer. Standing behind them is Dr. Javier De-Pablos, Consultant Radiologist
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CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

Rotherham US November 2015

Rotherham Hospital recently purchased a Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound system. Shown here (left to right, standing): Annette Brammer, Deputy Superintendent Sonographer, and Advanced Practitioner Sonographers: Emma Black, Alisha Ellison, Julia Hill, David Winstanley and Lewis Moore. Sonographer Jacki Copley; Louise Higgins, Applications Specialist, Canon Medial Systems and Michelle Speed, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer

Seated, are Advanced Practitioner Sonographers, on the left, Jessica Booker and on the right, Hannah Cummings

 

Canon’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Canon’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability, while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.

With features such as QuickScan, greater consistency in exams can be achieved by ensuring that superb image quality is the benchmark at all times. With a simple push of a button, the user can automatically optimise image quality in 2D and spectral Doppler modes with acoustic precision while suppressing unnecessary noise and clutter in echo-weak regions.

 

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

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The Radiology Department at Solihull Hospital, part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust recently purchased three Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound scanners as replacement systems for general radiology.

Ann Britton, Site Lead Sonographer says, “We chose Canon equipment for its ease-of-use and also the expertise and knowledge provided by Canon’s support staff. We were really pleased with how smoothly the installation process went. Ann continues, “The new systems have been supplied with Canon’s Smart Fusion imaging and we are looking forward to using the new software once we have been trained by Canon staff.”

Canon’s range of Aplio ultrasound systems deliver outstanding performance offering a wide selection of advanced imaging and quantification tools to supply valuable additional information that can help avoid supplementary exams. Its High Density Architecture provides clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail so that the diagnostic answer is always available quickly and reliability. In addition, the comprehensive iStyle+ Productivity Suite supplies the user with a wealth of workflow enhancements and automation functions to improve efficiency and consistency of exams.

It comes with Smart Fusion, Canon’s virtual navigation software that enables the user to remain fully focused on interventional procedures at all times. It allows the sonographer to correlate different imaging modalities in real-time, and to locate difficult lesions, faster, as well as securely navigating complex anatomy and improving confidence while carrying out invasive procedures.

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.

Matching the transducer position with the pre-acquired 3D set is a simple and quick two-step process. By moving the transducer over the region of interest, it is possible to browse the area simultaneously in both real-time ultrasound and pre-acquired volume data. Intelligent target and marker points facilitate navigation in the region of interest. A magnetic position sensor with sub-millimetre accuracy allows for precise spatial correlation of different imaging modalities in real-time. Attaching the sensor to the transducer shaft facilitates undisturbed imaging and intervention.

 

Pictured at the handover, left to right, standing: Donna Holdcroft, Ultrasound Clinical Specialist, and Jackie Chambers, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, both of Canon Medical Systems; Lianne Nichols, Sonographer; Dr. F. Khattar, Consultant Radiologist; Dr. S. Cooper, Consultant Radiologist & Clinical Lead, Gynaecology; Rachel Jordan, Sonographer and Dr. A. Shimal, Consultant Radiologist

Seated in front, left to right, Ann Britton, Site Lead Sonographer, and Dr. K. Bhatt and Dr. M.Djaerman, Consultant Radiologists

 

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

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital recently acquired two Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound scanners as part of the Heart of England’s NHS Foundation Trust’s equipment replacement programme. The Trust purchased in total five Aplio 500 systems, with Solihull Hospital receiving the other three units. 

Ryan Carr, Clinical Lead Sonographer at Heart of England NHS Trust says, “We reviewed a number of machines from different manufacturers and decided that Canon was best for our clinical needs. The image quality has greatly improved and we are now in the early stages of introducing fusion scanning. There is a large selection of probes to choose from and we have invested in a 3D transvaginal probe to improve our capabilities within this area.”

Canon’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. It comes with a wide range of tools and options for advanced imaging and interventions.

Correlating different imaging modalities in real-time, Canon’s Smart Fusion allows the user to locate difficult lesions faster, to navigate complex anatomy securely, and to improve confidence when carrying out invasive procedures. For a comprehensive pre- and post-interventional evaluation, Smart Fusion enables the sonographer to work in any ultrasound imaging mode, including colour Doppler and contrast-enhanced ultrasound.

In addition, Smart Fusion reads 3D DICOM datasets from all major imaging modalities and shows the corresponding images contained in real-time, adjacent to the live ultrasound display.

Commenting on the installation and training supplied by Canon, Ryan adds, “We found the whole process, from our trial runs with the machines, to completion of the project to be seamless and the applications specialists have been tremendously supportive. We often asked Canon, sometimes at short notice, to provide training and they have always been accommodating. Overall, we have been impressed with Canon’s ability to provide high quality scan machines, as well as a first-class support system.”

 

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Shown here (left to right) at the handover of the equipment is:

Donna Holdcroft, Ultrasound Clinical Specialist, Canon Medical Systems, with Registrars, Dr. Qazi Jahenzeb; Dr. Laura Davies and Dr. Hayder Al-Assam. Kamaljeet Nagra, Clinical Lead Sonographer and Dr. Ben Miller, Consultant Radiologist

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

St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, part of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, recently acquired a Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound system for obstetric scanning.

Rebecca Coombes, Acting Superintendent Sonographer says, “We chose the Canon Aplio 500 because it offers excellent resolution on images, with an ergonomically effective small high-frequency curved array probe. We are all finding it a pleasure to work with.”

The Aplio 500 comes equipped with a wide range of powerful clinical tools. Its modular design with raw data functionality is easy to upgrade as individual demands grow, and its compact design with adjustable console and fully articulating monitor arm enables the user to create an ergonomic work environment in virtually any clinical setting. The system’s premium quality LCD screen with the four-axis arm can move and swivel into perfect position for better viewing and protection from neck, shoulder and eye strain.

In addition, Aplio’s fully programmable console can be customised to suit individual clinical needs and personal preferences simply by reassigning functions to the keys of choice. This results in better reach, fewer keystrokes and a shorter learning curve. The mode-sensitive touch screen, which is also programmable, enables direct access to complex measurements, labels and advanced functions. Its 3D multi-functional keys offer four degrees of freedom for outstanding usability, and their mode-sensitive function is fully programmable and displayed on the adjacent touch screen in an easy-to-understand manner.

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Shown here, (left to right) Natasha Litherland, Student Sonographer; Jackie Dummer, Midwife Sonographer; Rebecca Coombes, Acting Superintendent Sonographer, and Amanda Sutton, Kathryn Hicks and Geeta Singh, 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

Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital recently went live with its new Canon Ultimax-i X-ray system, located in a brand new building, on the site of the old hospital. Canon supplied an Ultimax-i C-arm with overhead tube crane and vertical chest stand, providing a new fluoroscopy service as well as a back-up for the hospital’s general X-ray room. Included in the options purchased by Nuffield Health Cambridge are Canon’s 512-frame Retrospective Fluoro Record and Extension Reference Tool.

Commenting on the new installation, Michelle West, Radiology Manager, says, “The new system, which replaced an old machine, gives us more capabilities to perform different procedures. We chose the unit because we were impressed with the ease-of-use and the imaged quality. With the new Ultimax-i, we are now able to perform interventional procedures, such as lumbar punctures, nephrostomies and joint injection.” Michelle adds, “The Canon staff have been great; very helpful and the training was really flexible for our needs. The trainers have also been in touch a couple of times, post-installation to book more training to fill in any gaps.”

Offering versatility and flexibility, Canon’s Ultimax-i is able to cover a wide range of clinical imaging and interventional needs. It comes with a 43 x 43 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 examinations, including conventional X-ray, fluoroscopy and angiography, its innovative design enables AP and PA examinations and provides a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm system, which ensures an ideal solution for all patients.

The 512-Retrospective Fluoro Record allows, during normal screening, for any of the last 512-frames of acquisition to be stored for later review, should something of interest be noticed during the fluoro run and the prospective fluoro record was not previously enabled. No additional radiation exposure is required to implement this dose-saving function.

The Extension Reference Tool enables multiple DR images to be acquired by the C-arm X-ray tube and detector, and for the resultant images to be stitched together. Typical examinations include load-bearing leg lengths, long legs and scoliosis spines.

Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital - Canon Ultimax-i X-ray system
Shown here, left to right: Colin Pellow, Account Executive, CT/X-RAY/MRI & Connectivity, Canon Medical Systems; Michelle West, Radiology Manager, Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital; Chi Burt, Sales Specialist, Canon Medical Systems; Fatima Carvalho, Deputy Radiology Manager at Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital and Daniel Parr, X-ray Clinical Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems

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

Canon’s Aquilion ONE VISION Edition and Vitrea Advanced reporting system were recently chosen by The Bournemouth Nuffield Hospital. The new equipment is part of a larger development of a private cardiac centre of excellence in a large urban conurbation with an extensive aged demographic.

The hospital was looking for a CT scanner that delivered advanced performance. With its state-of-the-art features, including cardiac and 4D orthopaedic packages, the Aquilion ONE VISION Edition fitted the bill exactly and in addition, as an Aquilion 64 user for eight years, Bournemouth Nuffield also selected Canon equipment based on excellent experience of the Company’s service and applications support.

Since installation, the new system has been highly successful with doses for general work, including chest/abdominal and pelvis scanning dropping by around 75 percent. Bournemouth Nuffield is also establishing a new cardiac CT service.

Marie Helps Imaging Services Manager says, “We have named the new scanner KOJI, Japanese for ‘second shining son’, as this our second Canon system and it outshines the first one. The new scanner with the Canon Vitrea advanced reporting system was chosen as an integral part of a larger project. This was to establish a cardiac centre of excellence in this area. The new system has reduced our patient dose to very low levels, while delivering improved image quality and enabling the very highest level of diagnostic CT across the board. 

Marie continues, “The project was challenging in terms of access, and other physical confines of our basement department, but Canon’s project delivery was on time, on budget and we were delighted with the final result.”

The Aquilion ONE VISION Edition provides robust clinical solutions, offering a successful outcome with the lowest possible radiation exposure and highest quality diagnostic image, first time, every time. It comes with Canon’s new PUREVision detector which provides unparalleled image resolution and dose savings, offering unique benefits for cardiac care.   The scanner produces high quality images and fast workflow by capturing the entire heart in one rotation with 640 slices. In addition, it can accommodate bariatric patients and those with high heart rates with a gantry rotation of 0.275 seconds and a large bore of 78 cm.

The system’s lesion visualisation and myocardial perfusion capability allow clinicians to visualise and quantify myocardial ischemia with a single CT examination and Canon’s third generation iterative dose reconstruction software, AIDR 3D, offers simplified dose reduction that procedures the image quality needed for diagnosis at low dose.

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Shown here (left to right)  Kelly Williams, Lead CT Radiographer; Mark Foxall, Account Executive, CT/XR/MR, Canon Medical Systems; Alexandra Marques, Radiographer; David McNair, Hospital Director; Leila Solomans, Radiographer; Marie Helps, Imaging Services Manager  and Simon Weeden, UK South Manager, Canon Medical Systems.

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

The Ultrasound Department at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, which is run by Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, recently acquired two Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound systems.

The Canon equipment was chosen for its high image quality, ergonomics and manoeuvrability.  Beverley Evans, Head of Ultrasound at Grimsby Hospital, “The addition of the two Canon Aplio 500 ultrasound machines to our current departmental facilities will allow us to provide improved image quality. Vascular and MSK imaging will benefit especially from this improvement in image quality, thus allowing the Trust to continue to offer our patients a first class service. In addition to the improved quality, the systems were also chosen for their excellent ergonomic design and are very user friendly, thus ensuring safe working conditions for the staff as well.”  

Canon’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Canon’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.

With features such as QuickScan, greater consistency in exams can be achieved by ensuring that superb image quality is the benchmark at all times. With a simple push of a button, the user can automatically optimise image quality in 2D and spectral Doppler modes with acoustic precision while suppressing unnecessary noise and clutter in echo-weak regions.

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Shown here (left to right) Emma Roberts, Advanced Health Care Assistant; Cara Duffy-White, Angela Cliff and Liz Bowles, Advanced Practitioner Sonographers; Oby Odunsi-Gibson, Student Sonographer; Beverley Evans, Head of Ultrasound at Grimsby Hospital; Nick Church, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer; Louise Higgins,  Ultrasound Applications Specialist, Canon Medical Systems and Gale Kerr, Advanced Health Care 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

Canon Medical Systems recently installed an Ultimax-i fluoroscopy system at Central Middlesex Hospital, part of London North West Healthcare NSH Trust. The new equipment, which comes with a 43 x 43 cm flat panel detector, is equipped to enable the department to perform multi-purpose examinations, including conventional X-ray, fluoroscopy and angiography exams. Its innovative design provides a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm system, which makes it an ideal solution for all patients.

Dr. Philip Shorvon, Consultant Radiologist says, “The system is well-designed for patient access, which is particularly important for procedures such as ERCP, where equipment and several personnel need proximity to the patient. The large field of the detector plate and the full 180° movement of the table make the equipment very versatile. It is also possible to place a wheelchair between the table and detector for video swallows.”    

Offering versatility and flexibility, Canon’s Ultimax-i is able to cover a wide range of clinical imaging and interventional needs. The C-arm and table positioning allows the patient to rest comfortably during exams and the low table height puts patients at ease. 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, 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.

The Ultimax-i 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. For instance, three dose modes immediately reduce dose by up to sixty percent, and three filters reduce hard and soft X-ray exposure. Unique to the Ultimax is the ability to rotate the X-ray Rectilinear Light Beam Collimator in both radiographic and fluoroscopic modes, further reducing X-ray dose to the patient.

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Shown here, (left to right) Dr. Philip Shorvon, Consultant Radiologist; Bozenna Wereszczynska, Clinical Lead, Radiology; Katarzyna Guz, Radiographer; Stephen Whale, Account Executive, Canon Medical Systems and Mr. Alberto Isla, Consultant Surgeon

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:

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