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Mount Vernon Cancer Centre selects  Ziehm mobile C-arm

18 Sept 2006

The Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, Middlesex, UK has bought a Ziehm Vista Ortho Mobile C-Arm image intensifier from UK diagnostic imaging supplier Xograph Imaging Systems. The mobile C-arm will be used primarily in the radiotherapy department for checking the placement of brachytherapy implants. Additional Mu-metal shielding on the image intensifier helps to prevent the magnetic interference that can occur in the vicinity of linear accelerators.

The Ziehm Vista Ortho has a triple-field 23cm image intensifier, easy- to-use controls and twin flat-panel medical greyscale displays on the monitor cart for exceptional image quality. It also has one of the smallest footprints and reduced weight characteristics on the market, which fits comfortably in the confined space of operating theatres and helps to reduce stress-related strains on users.

It has features that can significantly reduce the radiation dose delivered to the patient, the physician and staff. These include virtual collimation, pulsed fluoroscopy with last-image hold and laser cross-hair positioning & centring. All Ziehm C-arms feature the unique and fully integrated Ziehm NetPort using DICOM 3.0 communication protocols.

The Mount Vernon Cancer Centre is part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, approximately 15 miles from central London. It serves a population of 1.8 million people living in Middlesex, Hertfordshire, South Bedfordshire, East Berkshire, South Buckinghamshire and the outskirts of North London. The Centre treats over 4,500 new patients per annum with radiotherapy and more than 1,500 patients with chemotherapy. Cancer patients are seen initially in their local hospital by a visiting oncologist and then go to Mount Vernon Cancer Centre for specialised treatment.

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