Mobile C-arm and surgical imaging table combine to enhance vascular workflow

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Nearly 50% increase in vascular throughput in six months.”

Dr. Mikhaël Kassab, vascular surgeon, Polyclinic de Poitiers (Elsan group), France

Dr. Kessab at work

At the Polyclinic de Poitiers (Elsan - French Health Group) France, vascular surgeon Dr. Mikhaël Kassab enjoys a unity of technologies to speed his endovascular procedures. In his quest to enhance vascular workflow, improve image quality, and manage dose, he’s combined a Philips Veradius Unity Mobile C-arm with a Stille ImagiQ2 surgical imaging table. Together, these technologies have helped increase vascular throughput by almost 50% in six months.

 

It was actually Philips who proposed this unique solution pairing Philips and Stille technologies. By partnering with Stille, they were able to address Dr. Kassab’s need for high quality imaging and increased vascular throughput in the operating room. The superb image quality of the Philips C-arm and the flexible floating table top of the Stille table make this combination ideal for his practice.

The C-arm

 

The Veradius Unity Mobile C-arm is designed to deliver a better user experience and a whole new level of simplicity with a tablet-like user interface. Just a touch of the screen is required to drag the shutters and iris into position on Last Image Hold. Accurate repositioning is also simplified with Position Memory, allowing the operator to store a previous position and recall it when needed. The third-generation flat detector provides high quality fluoroscopy, exposure, subtraction runs, and roadmap guidance to support Dr. Kassab during his most challenging procedures. “In the vascular field,” says Dr. Kassab, “imaging is very important because more than 60% of our procedures are now endovascular and need good quality imaging.”

Dr. Kessab
In the vascular field, imaging is very important because more than 60% of our procedures are now endovascular and need good quality imaging.”

Dr. Mikhaël Kassab, vascular surgeon, Polyclinic de Poitiers (Elsan group), France

The table

 

The Stille ImagiQ2 surgical table complements the Veradius Unity perfectly. The ImagiQ2 is built on a unique carbon fiber table top design that offers significantly reduced radiation attenuation. The polymer structure allows X-ray to pass through with excellent transparency, which enables the user to manage dose levels for patients and clinicians without compromising image quality. Freedom of movement with True Free Float®, gives Dr. Kassab the ability to move the table laterally, longitudinally, and diagonally with just the touch of a button. “This gives the operator the freedom to easily move the table in all directions and to maintain the C-arm at its place throughout the procedure,” says Dr. Kassab. ImagiQ2’s ultra-slim design and super-low base enhances access, allows the Veradius Unity C-arm to be easily moved under it into critical positions.

 

Managing dose levels effectively during vascular interventions is a key priority. “Two of the most important elements of any procedure are radiation dose and outcome,” insists Dr. Kassab. “With the Veradius Unity/ImagiQ2 combination, you don’t have to radiate much because you can control and manage all the technical aspects of the procedure. In my opinion, this is as important for the operators as for the patients.” The Veradius Unity provides a pre-set list of acquisition settings grouped by type of exam. It’s easy to select the relevant procedure and anatomical area from the list. The system then automatically applies the selected parameters to get the required image quality at significant X-ray dose efficiency. Manual adjustments can be made as needed. In addition, there is a full range of radiation management features that allow low X-ray dose for lengthy endovascular/surgical procedures, while providing superb image quality.

Dr. Kassab is happy with his new system combination and feels that it improves his workflow. “Veradius Unity offers excellent image quality and the Stille table delivers exceptional mobility. This combination, in my opinion, is ideal for a hybrid operating room.” By supporting a wide range of procedures and improving workflow efficiency during imaging, Veradius Unity can help increase Polyclinic de Poitiers’ system utilization and reduce the total cost of ownership.

 

Philips was the first company to market the mobile C-arm and has over half a century of experience in developing mobile C-arm systems for the surgical environment. The Veradius Unity mobile C-arm is the latest offering. Paired with the Stille ImagiQ2 surgical imaging table, it becomes an ideal imaging solution for the OR.

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