Interventional radiology suite opens at Wrexham Maelor Hospital

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 21-Sep-2022

New X-ray suite delivers improved image quality and low radiation dose

A new interventional radiology suite will help reduce the number of scans patients need before a procedure. 

The new suite in the radiology department of Wrexham Maelor Hospital has involved remodelling of the area and the installation of a new Siemens Artis Q C-arm, a state-of-the-art X-ray machine which delivers improved levels of image quality with a reduced radiation dose. 

Steve Roberts, radiology services manager at the hospital, said: “The redevelopment of the interventional radiology area, together with the installation of this new equipment, will make a massive difference to all our patients who use our service.” 

New software included with the system will reduce the need for patients to undergo additional CT or MRI imaging prior to an operation, as previous scans can be imported into the new system and used to guide the interventional radiologists during procedures. 

Vicky Jackson, interventional radiology service lead, said: “The new equipment will benefit patients across sub specialities delivering vascular angioplasty locally, a procedure to restore blood flow to the arteries, supporting the orthopaedic service with pain relieving joint injections, providing cardiac pacemaker insertions, and a full spectrum of acute intervention services for urology and gastro patients.”  

The new Artis C-arm is part of a multi-million-pound equipment replacement programme, funded by the Welsh Government, that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is carrying out within the radiology service across North Wales, which includes X-ray rooms, scanners, and ultrasound machines.   

The hospital has also recently installed a new modular MRI scanner outside the radiology department.

The new modular building is fully equipped with an advanced MRI scanner which will be on site for six months and will help provide MRI capacity while the existing scanner is upgraded.

Earlier this year the radiology department also received a new state-of-the-art gamma camera, an imaging device which scans parts of the body, including most major organs such as the brain, lungs and bones.

The camera, which replaced an old imaging device, has faster scan times, clearer images, and a lower radiation dose, which will overall help speed up patient diagnoses.

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