QEHB upgrades CT facilities to streamline major trauma service
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is one of the first in the UK to receive a Somatom X.cite CT system from Siemens Healthineers.
The installation within the Major Trauma Centre is expected to streamline workflows and improve major trauma service provision at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The system will also support the Trust’s acute stroke imaging and neurosurgery services.
World-renowned for its provision of trauma care, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has developed pioneering surgical techniques at QEHB. With clinical expertise in trauma cases and military casualties, the Level 1 Trauma Centre uses imaging services as part of initial treatment pathways for its most seriously injured patients. The addition of the Somatom X.cite updates CT facilities at the hospital as the Trust continues to strive to provide the best possible care to emergency patients from across the West Midlands.
The system is combined with myExam Companion and a user-friendly, mobile interface to enable intelligent imaging at QEHB. myExam Companion supports in tailoring image acquisition to individual patients, providing comprehensive information and performing key tasks in the background to simplify workflows. The new system also offers an 82cm bore and 3D patient positioning camera, ensuring optimal positioning for consistent results.
“The system allows radiographers to prepare a scan while standing next to the patient, enabling radiographers to spend more time at the patient’s side,” commented Carol-Ann Power, CT principle radiographer at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“The Somatom X.cite is equipped with technology that allows radiographers to capture consistent, reliable results, regardless of the patient or complexity of the case,” added Russell Lodge, CT business manager at Siemens Healthineers GB&I. “The addition of myExam Companion offers a new way to operate imaging equipment, designed to make workflows more efficient and reduce unwarranted variation."