Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham upgrades CT facilities to streamline major trauma service

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is one of the first in the UK to receive the innovative SOMATOM X.cite CT system from Siemens Healthineers.
  • The new technology upgrades equipment in the emergency department to streamline the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust’s major trauma service.
  • The SOMATOM X.cite from Siemens Healthineers improves ease of use, facilitating optimised patient positioning and access for simplified workflows.

United Kingdom

|2021-05-25
(From left to right) CT Principle Radiographer, Carol-Ann Power, Emergency Department CT Lead Radiographer, Damian Jones, and Radiographer, Hamden Mohamed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the SOMATOM® X.cite CT system from Siemens Healthineers

(From left to right) CT Principle Radiographer, Carol-Ann Power, Emergency Department CT Lead Radiographer, Damian Jones, and Radiographer, Hamden Mohamed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the SOMATOM® X.cite CT system from Siemens Healthineers

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is one of the first in the UK to receive the award-winning SOMATOM® X.cite CT system from Siemens Healthineers1. It is planned the installation within the Major Trauma Centre will streamline workflows and improve major trauma service provision at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The system will also support the Trust’s acute stroke imaging and neurosurgery services.

World-renowned for its provision of trauma care, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has developed pioneering surgical techniques at QEHB. With clinical expertise in trauma cases and military casualties, the Level 1 Trauma Centre uses imaging services as part of initial treatment pathways for its most seriously injured patients. The addition of the SOMATOM X.cite from Siemens Healthineers updates CT facilities at the hospital as the Trust continues to strive to provide the best possible care to emergency patients from across the West Midlands.

The SOMATOM X.cite CT system is combined with myExam Companion and a user-friendly, mobile interface to enable intelligent imaging at QEHB. myExam Companion supports in tailoring image acquisition to individual patients, providing comprehensive information and performing key tasks in the background to simplify workflows. The new system also offers an 82cm bore and 3D patient positioning camera, ensuring optimal positioning for consistent results.

“We are happy with the SOMATOM X.cite’s image quality,” states Carol-Ann Power, CT Principle Radiographer at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham: “The system allows radiographers to prepare a scan whilst standing next to the patient - enabling radiographers to spend more time at the patient’s side.”

“The SOMATOM X.cite is equipped with technology that allows radiographers to capture consistent, reliable results, regardless of the patient or complexity of the case,” states Russell Lodge, CT Business Manager at Siemens Healthineers GB&I. “The addition of myExam Companion offers a new way to operate imaging equipment, designed to make workflows more efficient and reduce unwarranted variation. It is great to see the system at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where the equipment will support staff in providing vital treatment to seriously injured patients.”