Musgrove Hospital extends cardiac procedures with new imaging system

November 2008

Musgrove Park Hospital, part of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in Southwest England, has installed a floor-mounted AXIOM Artis zee interventional cardiac imaging system from Siemens for coronary angiography, angioplasty and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT). The new equipment replaces an eight-year-old setup and is the second Siemens cath lab at the hospital.

The installation is part of the hospital’s strategic plan to extend the current CRT services it offers in order to deal with increased demand from the area’s ageing population. In the future this will include 24 hour percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) treatment, something which they have only been able to consider since the new cath lab installation.

The Artis zee was specifically selected for its flexibility. Its advanced imaging capabilities assist clinicians with procedures such as biventricular pacing, where precise placement of pacemaker wires is crucial. This operation has also been improved through the system’s Multispace feature, which allows free positioning of the C-arm and table to enable excellent patient access. The IC Stent software will be most beneficial when the PCI service begins.

“It is a wonderful system to work with. In addition to the fantastic imaging and system flexibility, patient throughput has been greatly improved, reducing the pressure on staff and the hospital as a whole,” said Gill Stapleton Smith, Lead Cardiac Radiographer at Musgrove Hospital.

“Musgrove Hospital had a strategic plan which required a specific system. We worked hard to ensure that we could offer a complete solution and it is fantastic to see it in practice,” said Darren Parker, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare.

An AXIOM Sensis XP haemodynamic monitoring system was also installed to optimise workflow. The system integrates with the Artis zee and is networked with the existing Sensis. The systems fit seamlessly into the network of cardiac data management and cardiac image management systems installed in the department providing efficient diagnosis and reporting.

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