The investment for four MRI scanners, four CT and three SPECT/CT systems has been made by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) for QEHB, which will replace the Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak Hospitals to provide a centralised service.
The deal includes Siemens’s MAGNETOM Verio 3 Tesla MR scanner, which will be used for complex imaging requirements, and an advanced SOMATOM Definition AS+ 128 slice CT scanner for use in trauma imaging at the hospital’s emergency department.
The contract was awarded to Siemens by UHB after it approached a number of suppliers via the NHS Supply Chain.
Paul Brettle, imaging X-ray group manager at UHB, said: ‘We opted for Siemens equipment as, in the view of the clinical evaluation team, it is best-of-breed in the areas of CT, MR and molecular imaging and also delivers a good return on investment.
‘The new hospital will be a flagship site in terms of the services we will be able to provide and the Siemens systems will play a significant part in delivering this.
‘As well as offering a state-of-the-art imaging facility for the community in 2010, we also want to ensure we can meet the needs of local patients well into the future; such innovative technology will assist us in not only keeping waiting lists down, but in tackling conditions that are increasing in an ageing population.’
Dr Peter Guest, clinical service lead radiology at UHB, said: ‘By kitting out the new hospital with Siemens diagnostic imaging equipment, we can offer continuity to staff using the systems.
‘We’ll also be able to seamlessly link all images across the site, which will improve reporting and allow us to provide a more efficient service.
‘We have a good relationship with Siemens and look forward to working closely for training and development when the installations go live in 2010.’