Four innovative technologies in private healthcare

21 November 2017

Technology serves as a major driving force in evolving many aspects of our daily lives, from the cars we drive to the smartphones in our pockets.

This is especially true in the healthcare sector, where the relentless march of technology is often vital to improving care standards and developing more effective treatments.

At Spire, we constantly witness how advanced technology makes the difference in treating patients and getting them back to their best, so here, we’re listing four of our favourite examples…

The hybrid suite/hybrid theatre

The word ‘hybrid’ has been shaking up the automotive world in recent years and it’s having a comparable impact in healthcare too.

During medical procedures, a greater level of flexibility can provide a range of benefits for patient and doctors alike.

A hybrid theatre is an operating room which is equipped with advanced medical imaging devices such as the Siemens Artis Zeego which enables minimally invasive surgery.

The high quality imaging obtained by the Artis Zeego means doctors are better informed and working with clearer, more defined images.

The advanced robotic technology lets doctors manoeuvre patients into virtually any possible angle or height. This means doctors can perform with greater efficiency while the patient enjoys optimal comfort and minimal recovery time.

3T MRI scanner

MRI scanners aren’t anything new these days; you’ll find one in almost every hospital in the land. The Siemens 3T Magnetom Trio - available at Spire Nottigham- sets itself apart by incorporating sophisticated technology to set a new standard in medical imaging.

It produces a magnetic field twice the strength of low-field or open MRI scanners to obtain images with exceptional anatomic detail, which is especially useful when dealing with the brain, spine and musculoskeletal system.

Its wider bore is also more comfortable for patients and the mood lightning on the front of the scanner helps to provide a relaxing atmosphere.

AlterG anti-gravity treadmill

Recovering from leg-related injuries isn’t helped by the fact that gravity is inescapable. However, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill temporarily suspends the legs from the rest of the patient’s body weight to help them recover faster, regain mobility, and increase strength and fitness.

With patients supported at the hips and with seemingly no stress being applied to any part of their legs, they can walk or even run at a pace that would be agonisingly painful otherwise, helping them to develop their range of motion and natural movement.

128 dual-source flash CT scanner

As with the MRI scanner, CT scanners are commonplace in hospitals, however, the 128 dual-source flash CT scanner offers additional benefits such as coronary CT angiography (CTA) exams at a significantly reduced radiation dose.

It differentiates itself from conventional CT scanners by using two sets of X-ray tubes and detectors in a single CT gantry.

This means twice as much data can be collected, resulting in quicker cardiac scans and improved imaging, with each X-ray tube operating at a different energy level to help differentiate between different types of tissue.

A flash scanning mode can acquire cardiac images in a quarter of a heartbeat, while other scanners may need several cardiac cycles to acquire an image. With the scan completed so fast, the patient is exposed to just a fraction of the radiation they would otherwise encounter.

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