Artis zee ceiling-mounted system installed at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Interventional radiology theatre opening expands Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital’s embolisation service

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital has officially opened a newly-refurbished interventional radiology theatre that now incorporates a state-of-the-art angiography unit, the Artis zee ceiling-mounted system from Siemens Healthcare.

The installation of this system will provide the hospital, part of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with the ability to expand and enhance oncology services to patients.

The Artis zee ceiling-mounted system incorporates a range of advanced applications such as syngo DynaCT, soft-tissue 3D imaging, and iGuide live integrated needle guidance. This functionality enables users at the hospital to plot a direct path to organs for biopsies and drainages within the Interventional suite with increased speed and accuracy. The use of syngo Embolisation Guidance supports oncology procedures with the ability to directly target the blood supply specific to tumours and deliver chemotherapy beads for treatment.

The system’s advanced software capabilities provide the ability to merge previous CT and MR scans with live images in real time. This opens a new world of treatment options with confidence through the use of 3D X-ray datasets.

The system, which offers a comprehensive Sensis and cardiac package, has provided the hospital with the ability to perform advanced cardiac device implantation.

Dr Gaurang Ubhayakar, interventional radiologist at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, said: “CT scanners have significant pressures placed on them in terms of providing timely diagnoses, and this new system will assist with needle-guided microwave and radiofrequency ablation of tumours that are time consuming on the CT scanner, among other procedures. Our new system transfers CT guided interventional procedures, thereby increasing CT diagnostic capacity.”

“Developed specifically for interventional radiology, the Artis zee‘s large flat detector affords easy patient access and full body coverage, with the system’s dual functionality combining angiography and cardiology together within one solution,” added Paul Vaughan, regional sales manager at Siemens Healthcare.

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