Weekly Feature

2014-09-10 / Business

New system gives physicians detailed images to speed diagnosis and treatment


Kathy Daley, left, Rob Morello, Tina McGee, Wendy Mack and Maria Varga stand with the new Artis zee angiography system at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Kathy Daley, left, Rob Morello, Tina McGee, Wendy Mack and Maria Varga stand with the new Artis zee angiography system at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Kenmore Mercy Hospital recently installed a new Artis zee ceiling-mounted angiography system that provides physicians with highly detailed images of patients’ anatomy during diagnostic and treatment procedures, while minimizing the patient’s exposure to radiation.

Developed by Siemens Medical Solutions, the fully digital Artis zee features advanced technology in the form of flat-panel detectors, which enable physicians to obtain three-dimensional images in high resolution without the distortion common with conventional X-ray techniques.

The flat detectors, made of amorphous silicon, not only enable physicians to visualize anatomical features, but also help them visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires, catheters and coronary stents in precise detail, from almost any angle.

For patients, systems such as this eliminate time-consuming and uncomfortable repositioning in the exam room, making the procedure quicker, less stressful and less invasive, with less downtime and decreased risk of infections and complications, according to Dawn M. Cwierley, manager of public relations for the hospital.

And unlike conventional X-ray techniques, the Artis zee system lacks the distortion of images while giving patients the lowest possible radiation dose, which is especially beneficial during lengthy angiographic procedures, Cwierley noted.

During interventions, the compact flat-panel detector technology enables virtually all anatomical regions to be easily imaged. System functions can be performed via an intuitive tableside touch-screen display. This enables full system control and leads to improved confidence during the procedure.

“This latest radiology upgrade by Kenmore Mercy Hospital will provide our community with the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available,” said John Severins, manager of imaging services at the hospital.

“It will allow for a higher quality of care with a greater rate of accuracy, which drives our goal of providing outstanding care with excellent patient safety.”

Return to top