Freeman installs Artis zee

Freeman Hospital in Newcastle has installed a ceiling-mounted Artis zee to provide real-time interventional imaging for angiography procedures. The system from Siemens Healthcare will enable the hospital to streamline its workflow and keep primary focus on patient care. Situated in the interventional radiology suite, the equipment is primarily being used for general endovascular interventions, but also conducts a variety of specialised procedures such as endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) work. Together with the application syngo DynaCT, it will enable the hospital to improve clinical workflow and secure efficiencies. Prior to installing the Artis zee, the hospital conducted specialised interventional examinations in a separate operating theatre on a mobile unit, placing restrictions on the quality of the images produced due to the restricted output and limited heat capacity. "The Artis zee is easy to use and by being ceiling mounted gives us the flexibility and space we need when conducting vascular work," said Alan Cleghorn, superintendent radiographer at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. "It is envisaged that the high image quality will help improve our productivity by removing some of the post-operative CT scans from the patient care pathway. We anticipate this may also help to reduce the length of time a patient needs to stay in hospital for some cases."