Big Bore RT’s improved reconstruction times enable Royal Derby to deliver more 4D CT

Royal Derby Hospital has installed a Big Bore RT CT system from Philips UKI in its radiotherapy department. It replaced an existing system and comes with a range of software packages including 4D respiratory imaging and the TumorLOC facility. The project also included Philips’ ambient lighting system.

The Big Bore RT CT delivers high quality imaging, while enabling the user to personalise dose based on the clinical needs of the patient. It has been designed to meet the specific needs of radiation oncology and CT simulation, focusing on accuracy, patient positioning, imaging performance and the radiation therapy process that integrates with clinical workflow.

Radiotherapy services manager, pre-treatment, Sue Marriott said: “We selected the Big Bore scanner for its excellent image quality, low doses for patients and Philips’ excellent customer support and service. The much-improved reconstruction times will enable us to use 4D CT scanning for a lot more of our patients and will help with implementing new procedures such as stereotactic ablative body radiation therapy.

“The addition of the ambient lighting experience is superb; it helps to relax our patients, putting them at ease and improves their overall experience. Our amazing team of staff love working with it.”

Philips Pulmonary Toolkit for Oncology with Amp Bin includes retrospective spiral (4D CT) capabilities with support for third-party respiratory surrogate devices such as Varian real-time position management and respiratory gating for scanners. This option also provides two methods for binning 4D CT data – phase only, or amplitude with phase. Amplitude binning compensates for uneven breathing patterns and can be used to improve image quality in patients who have difficulty breathing regularly.

Picture: Consultant radiographer Sarah Fisher, radiotherapy physicist Michelle Eyre, pre-treatment superintendent radiographer Priyesh Mistry, radiotherapy services manager, pre-treatment, Sue Marriott and Philips oncology CT applications specialist Gill Millen.

Published on page 2 of the December 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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