Patients who need an image-guided procedure at Musgrove Park Hospital are now benefiting from a new, more modern and safer X-ray-machine.
The complex machine, which is in Musgrove’s interventional radiology (IR) suite, has been bought by the hospital’s League of Friends and its fundraisers, who made a record donation of almost £650,000.
Interventional radiology is a medical speciality that provides highly specialised, minimally invasive treatments for a range of chronic conditions, including peripheral vascular disease and cancer.
It is often described as pinhole surgery and offers safer alternatives to traditional surgery. Patients’ time in hospital is often reduced with low complication rates and a faster return to normal health. It has an increasing role in the emergency treatment of patients with life-and-limb threatening disease.
The new machine – an Artis Q, manufactured by Siemens – has an X-Ray tube at the cutting edge of technology that will mean patients undergoing procedures are exposed to almost two-thirds less radiation than previously.
The machine, along with advanced 3D imaging software, means radiographers will be able to capture much clearer and higher contrast images of patients.
The Artis Q and its advanced software have been designed to be much easier to use and to save clinicians time, meaning more patients could be treated every day.
As part of the installation the interventional radiology department has been significantly upgraded, with improved infection control and a more pleasant environment for clinicians and patients.
Aidan Debard, an interventional radiographer at Musgrove Park Hospital, said:
“This cutting edge technology of this new equipment allows us to develop new techniques and expand the role interventional radiography takes.
“The ability to visualise in more detail, with less radiation dose, has a massive impact on patients. We are able to do more complex procedures and reduce the dose for all procedures.”
Peter Renshaw, chairman of Musgrove’s League of Friends, said:
“We are delighted to support this very important X-Ray equipment, which will have great benefits for so many patients across Somerset.
“The £640,000 funding from the League of Friends is the largest amount we have ever provided to a single development in our almost 60 years history, and was possible thanks to a number of legacies and donations.
“As custodians of money donated to the League of Friends, we are always keen to support requests from departments across the hospital, which benefit the maximum number of patients and keep Musgrove Park Hospital at the leading edge of patient care.”