Actor opens Bristol scanner

The new Symbia T16 at Bristol Royal Infirmary. From left, actor Charles Dance, superintendent radiographer, nuclear medicine Joanna Galpin, and product and applications specialist, nuclear medicine at Siemens Healthcare, Scott Taylor.


Bristol Royal Infirmary has installed a Symbia T16 TruePoint SPECT•CT from Siemens Healthcare.  The hybrid system combines a variable angle dual detector SPECT with a 16-slice CT for rapid attenuation correction and expanded coverage in CT scans.


It completes a full rotation in 0.5 seconds for full body scanning.


Bristol recently completed a series of lymphangiograms that allowed clinicians to accurately stage cancers and eliminated the need for total axilliary lymphatic clearance in suspected breast cancers.


The SPECT is complemented by Siemens’ 16-slice CT that features a low bed with arm and head rests for easy patient positioning.  Its 70cm tunnel and weight capacity of 250kg means that the CT can accommodate claustrophobic and obese patients.


See the full story on page 40 of the February 2009 issue of RAD Magazine.

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