Patients arriving at Spire Roding Hospital in Redbridge, Essex, early on an October Monday morning might have wondered what was happening when hundreds of boxes were suddenly carried in through the side entrance and down the corridor to the new radiology department. But this was the arrival of the long-awaited, world’s first Toshiba Ultimax-i combined Fluoroscopy and X-ray unit directly from Japan. The new Fluoroscopy and X-ray unit is the very latest technological development from Toshiba, and has been customised especially for Spire Roding Hospital. The complete unit is comprised of two parts - the ceiling-mounted extendable x-ray tube system, used for taking standard x-ray images and a Fluoroscopy base unit, which takes a constant stream of images (like a video clip) of internal organs.
Within the new system, the table on the base unit can be lowered or lifted to give easier access for patients getting on or off, and can also be tilted in to a complete upright position. For patients this means a far more pleasant experience when undergoing a study for investigations of the gastrointestinal tract, including barium enemas, barium meals and barium swallows, while specialists are often allowed a better view of more difficult to assess areas of the body. The new Fluoroscopy image facility can also be very useful when studying vascular conditions (conditions involving a patient’s blood vessels), bowel conditions, cancers and some cardiac problems. This very latest development by Toshiba also has the largest screen capacity on the market, and will therefore mean lower radiation levels for all our patients”.
Mr Weeden from Toshiba Medical Systems Ltd in the UK commented, “I can confirm that the Ultimax-i system currently being installed at Spire Roding Hospital in Essex is indeed the first Ultimax-i in the world to include a second x-ray tube system, giving the patient and user maximum flexibility and comfort. With the second x-ray tube, all the requested x-ray examinations may be performed in the same room rather than the patient moving between rooms to accomplish this.”
The new facility is now available to all patients at Spire Roding Hospital, both insured and non-insured, with a GP referral.
The new diagnostic equipment at the private hospital in Essex is part of a £4.6m ongoing investment programme, which has already celebrated the opening of a new MRI unit by Tessa Sanderson in April 2009. By the end of April 2010, work will also be complete on a CT scanning unit within the grounds.