Wales installs an Allura system

Philips cardiovascular sales specialist Ruth Turner with regional general manager for central and west UK Rob Davies, consultant cardiologist Dr A Buch, nurse Becky Williamson, chief ECG technician Irene Crew, nurse Anna Stevens, superintendent radiographer Penny Lloyd, Philips account manager Jane Robinson, consultant radiologist Dr Andrew Wood and unit manager Maggie Hill.


Philips Healthcare has supplied an Allura FD10 dedicated cardiac system to The University Hospital of Wales (UHW).


Software programme packages include StentBoost to enhance stent visualisation in the coronary arteries, showing the stent in relation to the vessel walls during the procedure.  It assists in placing the stent more accurately the first time, with the potential to shorten procedures and eliminate additional ones.


UHW selected Philips equipment partly because it fully supports all the interventional cardiology procedures undertaken at the hospital, including a primary cardiac interventional service and pericardial tap procedures.


The lab is also routinely used for all PPCI and emergency procedures.


Superintendent radiographer Penny Lloyd said: “We like the manoeuvrability of the system and the compact detector head.  We also like Philips StentBoost tool and the XperSwing feature.


“We use StentBoost on a daily basis; we find it easy to use and a great tool for post-stent balloon dilation and the positioning of a second stent procedure.”   


The system was additionally selected for its image quality and the reliability of UHW’s previous Philips system, together with the local engineering support.


See the full report on page 6 of the November 2010 issue of RAD Magazine.

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