UK’s first Aquilion ONE PRISM CT with deep intelligence arrives at Warrington Hospital to boost cardiac and interventional imaging

Impressive image quality noted within first 24 hours of operation

Warrington Hospital, part of Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has received the UK’s first Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition CT from Canon Medical Systems. It has been very impressed in the first 24 hours of operation with image quality and acquisition speed, which is a particular advantage for patients who are technically challenging and require a high level of care.

The scanner was selected to enhance the Trust’s cardiac imaging service and support interventional imaging requirements, while delivering a robust general CT service. The Aquilion One PRISM’s 16cm detector, which supports fast brain imaging and the ability to perform orthopaedic imaging with the patient seated at the scanner, was also a significant selection factor. Greater image resolution will bring enhanced levels of clinical confidence on image outputs and enable a higher standard of care for patients.

Located between Liverpool and Manchester in the North West of England, Warrington Hospital focuses on emergency and specialist care. It is a designated trauma unit and its Accident and Emergency Department sees over 100,000 patients each year. The hospital is also home to specialist critical care, stroke, cardiac and surgical units.

The new-to-market Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition CT features Deep Learning Reconstruction technology via its Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) that delivers sharp, clear and distinct low-dose images at speed. It also features a 16cm wide area detector to obtain high-quality cardiac images of the entire heart in a single rotation in a fraction of a second. Furthermore, the new CT Fluoroscopy interface on the system enables simple and streamlined interventional CT.

“Our team has been delighted with the arrival of the innovative Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition CT. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the install remained on schedule and clinical go-live was agreed. From the first operational 24 hours, we were very impressed with the image quality. This bodes well for gaining numerous benefits to support the high level of patient care and experience we expect to deliver,” states Diane Duret, Principal Radiographer, Cross Sectional Imaging at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. “Canon Medical also worked closely with our Estates Department during the equipment planning and installation stage. We are redeveloping the whole CT scanning department as part of this project to provide separate in and out-patient areas. This will give a better patient experience and optimise our operational workflow.”

Mark Thomas, CT Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “The launch of the new Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition CT into the UK hospital marketplace is part of an innovative CT strategy to ensure that our highly regarded CT systems continue to illuminate clinical insights and initiate the highest standard of patient care. We’re delighted to receive such good feedback in the first few days of the Warrington Hospital installation. We are now committed to ensure the imaging team at the hospital gains all the necessary applications and technical training needed to push the system to its full cardiac and interventional potential to power productivity and enhance clinical gains now and into the future.“

Photo caption: Pictured left to right: Prof Simon Constable, Chief Executive; Chris Evans, Chief Operating Officer; Hilary Stennings, CBU Manager; Dr Vijay Kesavanarayanan, Consultant Radiologist; Karen Green, CT Manager; Ashley Clare, Radiology Department Assistant; Lucy Finland, Specialist Radiographer; Mark Jones, Radiology Service Manager; Hannah Critchley, Specialist Radiographer; Anna Gadd, Specialist Radiographer; and Chris Grayson, Advanced Practitioner.