Pinehill Hospital, a private hospital in Hertfordshire, England, has installed a Siemens Axiom Luminos dRF digital fluoroscopy system for urinary tract examinations, such as cystograms and intravenous urograms, and for arthrography imaging to enhance joint procedures such as hip or knee replacements.
The system was selected for its digital capabilities, enhanced flexibility and compatibility with PACS. Images are acquired at the touch of a button and can then be manipulated for optimal viewing by adjusting contrast levels, Siemens said.The system also is designed to reduce radiation dose to patients, according to Siemens.
"The imaging process of the system has reduced procedure time by as much as 50 percent," said Chessty Muntanga, radiology manager at Pinehill. "Previously with the analog system, hip replacement examinations would take approximately 15 minutes, now we can do them in eight minutes."