St Bart’s celebrates scanning 10,000 patients

Standing are Philips Healthcare key account manager Amanda Barlow, principal physicist Dr Yassine Bouchareb, Philips senior director, advanced molecular imaging product marketing Kirill Shalyaev, chief technologist Mohammad Luqman, consultant radiologist Dr Athar Haroon and PET centre service lead Craig Copland.  Seated are Philips advanced molecular imaging specialist Mohammed Arshad and clinical physicists Emily Joel and Sonali Saccaram.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London has celebrated the scanning of its 10,000th patient on a Philips Gemini TF PETCT scanner.  The system was acquired in 2008 and has since been scanning ten to twelve patients a day.

PET centre service lead Craig Copland said: “We find it a very versatile system and like the split gantry configuration.  Patients also like the gap between the two systems because they feel less enclosed.  Out of the 10,000 patients that have been scanned, not one has complained about claustrophobia.

“We also like the flexibility of being able to expand the gap between gantries, giving us better access to the patient.”

See the full report on page 12 of the May 2014 issue of RAD Magazine.

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