Liverpool 50th hospital to deploy image visualisation system

Heart and chest centre installs syngo.via from Siemens Healthcare

Dr Sukumaran Binukrishnan, consultant radiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, uses the syngo.via system to automatically prepare cases for reading

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital has become the 50th hospital in the UK to install the syngo.via advanced visualisation solution from Siemens Healthcare.

The application is initially being used with a newly-installed SOMATOM Definition Flash CT for the collation, pre-processing and interpretation of clinical images. It automatically prepares cases for reading according to condition-specific requirements and can be accessed from any computer, allowing images to be shared with colleagues wherever they are located.

Despite only having been installed recently, it has already allowed the hospital to reduce queues for workstations and it is hoped it will eventually improve overall departmental workflow. In due course it will also be linked to MRI image reporting.

Dr Sukumaran Binukrishnan, consultant radiologist at the hospital, said: “The image quality of the Definition Flash is fantastic and with the addition of syngo.via we anticipate significant time savings, improvements in workflow and diagnosis pathways. It has significantly reduced the manual processing steps inside the department and, with multiple user licenses, it has also removed the queues at workstations as our radiologists can now report from anywhere, even from home. We now feel we are getting the most out of our imaging systems and can therefore deliver better patient care. It is, without doubt, the future of radiology reporting.”

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