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Dose reduction at SickKids Hospital in Toronto

Healthcare News | 2012-07-30

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Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Interventional radiology is a challenge with pediatric patients, as physicians strive to acquire diagnostic images while exposing children to the least possible radiation dose. In the Siemens expert magazine AXIOM Innovations, Bairbre Connolly, MD, and Joao Amaral, MD, of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, share insights into the improved outcomes they have witnessed with the installation of the Artis zeego® interventional imaging system. They also outline the continuing partnership with Siemens to match the system to the unique needs of one of Canada’s largest children’s hospitals.

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Bairbre Connolly, MD, SickKids Hosptial, Toronto, Canada

How it works

SickKids installed Artis zeego in a hybrid room, giving clinical teams easy and efficient patient access. Artis zeego offers advanced 2D and 3D image quality with robotic technology and a multi-axis system. Design characteristics of the Artis zee® family of imaging equipment enable ergonomic, streamlined, efficient operation, which supports dose reduction. Users optimize system parameters such as exposure time, photon energy, and others to match clinical needs while making dose as low as reasonably achievable.

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oao Amaral, MD, SickKids Hosptial, Toronto, Canada

Relationship between doctors and Siemens

Siemens engineers have been a regular presence in Toronto, learning the needs of doctors there while physicians adjust to the new technology. Equipment and software originally engineered for adults has been modified to fit the needs of children ranging from infants to 150-kilogram (330-pound) teenagers. The article describes the relationship between the doctors and Siemens engineers that leads to continued improvement of images and reduction in dose. Artis zeego was installed in October 2010, but doctors continue to push the system, the engineers, and themselves, with the goal of improving patient outcomes even further.

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