Selecting the right orthopedic C-arm to meet today’s challenges

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Around the world hospitals are racing to keep pace with a rapidly changing healthcare environment by making smarter decisions. When it comes to surgical imaging, selection of a C-arm X-ray system that offers consistency and efficiency is critical.
Frankfurt Unity
New healthcare realities are evident in Germany where the DRG system is putting enormous economic pressure on margins. DRG, or ‘Diagnosis Related Groups’ is a country-wide general pricing system for medical treatment used throughout Germany. Nearly every hospital is obliged to follow this fixed pricing structure. At the Orthopädische Universitätsklinik Friedrichsheim (OUF) in Frankfurt, CEO Univ. - Prof. Dr. med. Andrea Meurer is well aware that in order to deliver exceptional patient care and high-quality surgical imaging, while still maintaining profitability, she must choose her imaging equipment wisely. That’s why the Philips Veradius Unity mobile C-arm is an excellent solution.

Ideal C-arm for orthopedics

 

Our state-of-the-art system is designed to provide greater insight in the surgical theater, delivering relevant clinical value where it's needed most – at the point of patient treatment. It’s ease-of-use and exceptional imaging technology paired with comprehensive service support positions the Veradius Unity for a strong return on investment. “We wanted exceptional quality and modern technology for the best patient care,” says Professor Meurer.

 

The clinic is facing a changing patient demographics – their typical patient is now older and often overweight. In this situation, acquiring high quality fluoroscopic images with good detail and without increasing radiation dose can be challenging. The Veradius Unity orthopedic C-arm, with its third-generation flat detector offers this high quality fluoroscopy guidance to support orthopedic surgeons in performing the most difficult procedures. Combine this with comprehensive radiation dose management control and the result is low X-ray dose for lengthy procedure with superb high-quality images.

Frankfurt Christoph Thets

"Time is money, especially in the OR", OUF Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. med. Christoph Theis likes the Veradius Unity's ease-of-operation in his busy department.

 

“Everything is intuitive and well organized on the system,” he says. “All of our employees, the OR assistants and operators, are able to work with the system very fast. In a large hospital like ours, ease-of-use and reliability are critical.”

Many options in our Veradius Unity orthopedic C-arm help save valuable surgical time. These small savings can quickly add up to shorter procedures in the end:

  • Using an intuitive streamlined user interface can prevent delays from searching for specific functions
  • During preparation, the system boots up in less than 70 seconds. Bring it into the OR and it’s ready to go. That can save start-up time per case. Start imaging immediately after the system is up and add patient data later when it’s convenient
  • ClearGuide, with its unified way of working, reduced the time needed for positioning by more than 20% in user tests1.
  • Position Memory, facilitating first time right repositioning, reduced the time needed to get back to a previous position by more than 40% in user tests.1
Dr. Meurer

For Professor Meurer, reliable performance is an added requirement for any high-volume system. “I can’t afford for an X-ray machine not to be working for three days,” she says. “So, when I choose a partner, service plays a significant role.”  Philips worldwide Remote Services provides OUF with an advanced virtual private network to handle many service issues that formerly required onsite visits.

 

By supporting a wide range of procedures and improving workflow efficiency during imaging, the Veradius Unity has helped Orthopädische Universitätsklinik Friedrichsheim handle an increasingly challenging patient population with confidence.

1 Results obtained during user tests performed in November 2013 by Use-Lab GmbH, an independent company. The tests involved 30 USA based clinicians (15 physicians teamed up with 15 nurses or X-ray technicians), who performed simulated procedures in a simulated OR environment. None of them had worked with a Philips C-arm or with each other before.

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