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“As a leading hospital in the Henan province, we should take the responsibility to spread the technology and knowledge of intervention, and support them when they perform interventional procedures.” Prof. Xinwei Han, MD, Zhengzhou University Hospital, Henan, China minimally invasive interventional radiology is still underutilized in Henan province. Prof. Han, who entered the interventional radiology field in 1992, believes that with the newest technologies available on interventional imaging equipment, it is desirable to conduct the majority of special diagnoses and treatment using minimally invasive technologies and that this represents the main future trend in the Chinese healthcare system. There are currently five Artis imaging systems operating at Zhengzhou University First Affiliated Hospital. Of these, the two Artis zeego systems were installed in 2009 and 2012 respectively. “These five systems are in use for 24 hours a day, with doctors working in shifts. The Artis zeego robots don’t rest, and there are too many patients.” Last year, Prof. Han and his team of 161 doctors and nurses completed 9,300 procedures, with expectations to complete 12,000 this year. Prof. Han’s Flower Gift Prof. Han believes that; “as a leading hospital in the Henan province, we should take the responsibility to spread the technology and knowledge of intervention, and support them when they perform interventional procedures. In this way, the regional hospitals can do the straight-forward interventions and we, Zhengzhou University Hospital can focus on the more challenging cases. This will benefit our patients and staff alike.” Prof. Han clearly takes this responsibility to heart as he frequently travels to different parts of Henan province to educate his colleagues. He does this out of his own pocket and using his own vacation time. When asked why, Prof. Han replies with; “A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hands that give the flowers.” A Dream of Red Mansions Interventional technology can treat many illnesses that were in the past untreatable, previously required an operation, or for which treatment was ineffective. Prof. Han stated: “With interventional treatment the incision is small, the procedure is very effective, and it is reasonably priced. It achieves the ideals I sought as a graduate of medicine to utilize the simplest, most scientific, and affordable medical technology to address patient illness. I often think of the classic Chinese story ‘A Dream of Red Mansions’ by Cao Xueqin (1715-1763), and the beautiful female character Lin Daiyu who died of hemoptysis. If interventional treatment had been invented then, she could have gone to the hospital and lived happily ever after.” Chen Yi is an award-winning author and Senior Reporter at Economic Daily, one of China’s most-read business publications. Contact penelope.vos@siemens.com AXIOM Innovations | December 2013 | www.siemens.com/angiography 77


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