Manchester trust installs 40 mobile imaging systems to bolster care

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust has installed a series of C-arms, interventional imaging, mobile x-ray and ultrasound equipment. The upgrades form part of more than 350 installations scheduled over a 15-year partnership with Siemens Healthineers. The Value Partnership that began in March last year manages the trust’s imaging equipment to ensure it keeps pace with the latest technology.

The trust will be one of the first in the UK to receive the Cios Flow C-arm from Siemens. In addition to the upgrades in interventional equipment, the trust will transform its general imaging workflows with the implementation of digital radiography systems. A series of Siemens ultrasound system deliveries includes the Acuson Sequoia, Redwood and Juniper platforms, to aid early detection, diagnosis and timely treatment.

With a rapidly growing population that presents considerable health challenges, the trust is working towards improving outcomes and reducing variation in healthcare delivery.

“The introduction of digital radiography has already started to transform workflows,” said principal radiographer for general imaging Michael Henthorn. “During COVID-19 demand for mobile examinations increased dramatically. The introduction of the new x-ray systems has brought our equipment up to date, eliminating the need for cassettes and helping to reduce waiting times.

“We’ve had great feedback from the surgeons regarding the newly implemented Cios Flow C-arm systems, in terms of image quality and increased functionality. The Value Partnership is also providing us with on-site maintenance support, boosting departmental confidence and making everything much smoother.”

Designed to optimise workflows and improve efficiency during day-to-day interventions, the Cios Flow features a CMOS flat detector for image quality, intelligent algorithms, and SpotAdapt automation for improved imaging parameters. The multidisciplinary system will support the trust in broadening services and enhancing operations.

Picture: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust staff Victoria Cowley, Lizzy Partington, Prince Gyimah, Sharon Glass and Sophie O’Connor with the Cios Flow from Siemens Healthineers.

Published on page 2 of the January 2022 issue of RAD Magazine.

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