Stroke treatment boost for Ireland with angiography upgrade

Cork University Hospital first in Great Britain and Ireland to install new angiography system from Siemens

The installation of new angiography equipment at Cork University Hospital will be a major boost for stroke and neuroradiology procedures

Cork University Hospital (CUH) is the first health facility in Great Britain and Ireland to install an ARTIS icono angiography system from Siemens Healthineers.

. Aided by digitalised healthcare applications and remote support platforms, the state-of-the-art technology provides high image quality, bolstering stroke and neuroradiology procedures.

Instilling greater clinical confidence by delivering better clinical outcomes to our patients is at the core of everything we do

As one of two neuroradiology service providers in Ireland, CUH provides care to patients from hospitals throughout the South/South West Hospital Group and the South West Region, which includes Limerick University Hospitals.

To meet the evolving needs of patients with neurological impairment in the region, the radiology department chose to replace ageing angiography equipment with the ARTIS icono biplane from Siemens Healthineers.

The ARTIS icono biplane angiography system is set to support precision medicine by helping to individualise treatment for stroke patients, with functionality optimised for neurology procedures.

Offering syngo DynaCT High Speed and syngo DynaCT Sine Spin, it allows reduced representation of artefacts and significantly decreases the time needed for low-contrast 3D imaging.

The ARTIS icono incorporates Case Flows, among other tools, to simplify procedures and speed up workflows.

The addition of remote support platforms, such as Smart Remote Services, has also been key to the prompt and safe implementation of the system, while they continue to remotely monitor the performance and condition of the technology.

The new technology and improved visualisation of the Siemens Healthineers ARTIS icono means certain suspected stroke patients do not need to go through conventional imaging pathway

Ger O’Callaghan, chief executive at CUH, said: “Cork University Hospital has the busiest stroke service in Ireland.

“It is one of two designated comprehensive stroke centres in the country and is tasked with providing acute endovascular intervention, or thrombectomy for the Munster region.

“In recent months we have seen some extraordinary patient outcomes due to the excellent stroke care provided by the team and I fully support our collective goal of continuing with the development of a comprehensive stroke service here that can deliver world-class stroke care for the people of Munster.”

Dr Gerald Wyse, interventional neuroradiologist, adds: "Instilling greater clinical confidence by delivering better clinical outcomes to our patients is at the core of everything we do.

“And the new technology and improved visualisation of the Siemens Healthineers ARTIS icono means certain suspected stroke patients do not need to go through conventional imaging pathways.

“This is highly efficient as they can be taken directly to the angiography laboratory for diagnosis and treatment.

“This has, in a very short time, proved to be indispensable for neuroradiology”.

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