CORK University Hospital is reaping the benefits of new state-of-the-art technology enhancing services for its stroke patients.
The hospital has installed the first ARTIS icono angiography system from Siemens Healthineers to enable high image and high-quality stroke and neuroradiology procedures. The machine was purchased under the National Equipment Replacement Program in March of this year.
Just one of two neuroradiology service providers in Ireland, CUH provides care to patients from hospitals throughout the South/South West Hospital Group and the South West Region. The ARTIS icono biplane angiography system is set to improve these services by helping to individualise treatment for stroke patients while offering optimised functionality for neurology procedures.
It also significantly decreases the time required for low-contrast 3D imaging. The ARTIS icono incorporates Case Flows amongst other tools to simplify procedures and speed up workflows. The addition of remote support platforms, such as Smart Remote Services, has also been key to the safe implementation of the system, enabling continuous remote monitoring of its performance and condition.
Chief Executive Officer, Cork University Hospital, Ger O'Callaghan welcomed the news and said:
“Cork University Hospital has the busiest stroke service in Ireland," he said.
"It is one of two designated comprehensive stroke centres in the country and is tasked with providing acute endovascular intervention, or thrombectomy for the Munster region. In recent months we have seen some extraordinary patient outcomes due to the excellent stroke care provided by the CUH team.
"I fully support our collective goal of continuing with the development of a comprehensive stroke service here at CUH that can deliver world-class stroke care for the people of Munster.”
Interventional Neuroradiologist, Cork University Hospital, Dr Gerald Wyse highlighted the difference this will make to frontline staff.
“Instilling greater clinical confidence by delivering better clinical outcomes to our patients is at the core of everything we do. The new technology and improved visualisation of the Siemens Healthineers ARTIS icono means certain suspected stroke patients do not need to go through conventional imaging pathways. This is highly efficient as they can be taken directly to the angiography laboratory for diagnosis and treatment. This has, in a very short time, proved to be indispensable for Neuroradiology”.