Stroke treatment boosted in Ireland as Cork University Hospital upgrades angiography facilities

Sep 09, 2020

  • Cork University Hospital receives first ARTIS icono in Great Britain and Ireland – delivered despite COVID-19 challenges with the onsite applications and the support of digital technology
  • The state-of-the-art angiography system updates the hospital’s existing stroke and neuroradiology facilities with high image quality from Siemens Healthineers

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has installed the first ARTIS icono angiography system from Siemens Healthineers in Great Britain and Ireland during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aided by digitalised healthcare applications and remote support platforms, the state-of-the-art technology provides high image quality, bolstering stroke and neuroradiology procedures across Ireland. 

As one of two neuroradiology service providers in Ireland, Cork University Hospital provides care to patients from hospitals throughout the South/South West Hospital Group and the South West Region, which includes Limerick University Hospitals. To meet the evolving needs of patients with neurological impairment in the region, the radiology department at CUH chose to replace ageing angiography equipment with the ARTIS icono biplane from Siemens Healthineers.

The ARTIS icono biplane angiography system is set to support precision medicine by helping to individualise treatment for stroke patients, with functionality optimised for neurology procedures. Offering syngo DynaCT High Speed and syngo DynaCT Sine Spin, the ARTIS icono allows reduced representation of artefacts and significantly decreases the time needed for low-contrast 3D imaging. The ARTIS icono incorporates Case Flows amongst other tools to simplify procedures and speed up workflows. The addition of remote support platforms, such as Smart Remote Services, has also been key to the prompt and safe implementation of the system, while they continue to remotely monitor the performance and condition of the technology.

Ger O’Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer, Cork University Hospital said: “Cork University Hospital has the busiest stroke service in Ireland. It is one of two designated comprehensive stroke centres in the country and is tasked with providing acute endovascular intervention, or thrombectomy for the Munster region. In recent months we have seen some extraordinary patient outcomes due to the excellent stroke care provided by the CUH team. I fully support our collective goal of continuing with the development of a comprehensive stroke service here at CUH that can deliver world class stroke care for the people of Munster.”

"Instilling greater clinical confidence by delivering better clinical outcomes to our patients is at the core of everything we do." said Dr Gerald Wyse, Interventional Neuroradiologist. "The new technology and improved visualisation of the Siemens Healthineers ARTIS icono means certain suspected stroke patients do not need to go through conventional imaging pathways. This is highly efficient as they can be taken directly to the angiography laboratory for diagnosis and treatment. This has, in a very short time, proved to be indispensable for Neuroradiology”.

“We are excited to see the first ARTIS icono now in place at Cork University Hospital, and our extensive experience in design and build has allowed a seamless integration despite the challenges of the pandemic,” states Grania Heal, Head of Sales in Ireland at Siemens Healthineers. “The combination of onsite support and digital solutions throughout the implementation, with open communication maintained, allowed for a quick return to neuroradiology services for the Cork University Hospital Group.”

 

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