Multiple MRI installations by Siemens Healthcare broaden applications and patient comfort at Spire Healthcare hospitals
Siemens Healthcare has completed the installation of a MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5 Tesla MRI system at Spire Bristol Hospital. The installation is part of a wider deployment of Siemens Healthcare MRI systems at five Spire Healthcare locations, including a MAGNETOM Avanto at Spire Washington, a second Aera system at Spire Little Aston in Sutton Coldfield and a MAGNETOM Avanto at Spire Liverpool. A third Aera system will be installed later in the year at the new Montefiore Hospital in Brighton. As well as the new high resolution orthopaedic imaging and high throughput capabilities of the system, Spire Bristol Hospital is initially benefiting by using the MAGNETOM Aera to meet an increased number of cardiac imaging procedures.
The MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T system’s wide, short 70cm Open Bore is helping to accommodate a variety of patients at Spire Bristol, who can be scanned feet or head first, significantly improving comfort for children, claustrophobic and bariatric patients. Furthermore, the 48 channel system and lightweight coils give the radiographers flexibility to personalise examinations for patients based on their condition and clinical indication.
“We have been keen to increase the number of cardiac MR procedures we do at the unit in Spire Bristol,” said Rita Powers, MRI Manager at Spire Bristol. “As a result of the MAGNETOM Aera installation, we are not only able to access more advanced cardiac applications to meet our main objective, but also conduct whole body imaging together with whole body diffusion studies on organs including the prostate, brain and liver. The installation furthers Spire Bristol’s relationship with Siemens Healthcare as the Aera replaces a legacy Siemens system, the MAGNETOM Symphony.”
“The MAGNETOM Aera represents state-of-the-art MRI that integrates excellent imaging quality with ease of use and patient comfort through its wide bore. Workflow efficiency is also boosted through its use of Tim 4G and Dot technology,” said Vince Golledge, Regional Sales and Corporate Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The multi-installations at Spire Healthcare’s hospitals in Bristol, Liverpool, Washington and Sutton Coldfield represent the ongoing and robust relationship between the private healthcare provider and Siemens Healthcare.”
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