Philips has introduced a mobile X-ray image intensifier, known as a C-arm, with a thin, flat detector designed to improve image quality and reduce radiation exposure during minimally invasive surgical procedures.
The company claims the system, dubbed Veradius, combines high dynamic-range with automatic calibration to give high levels of contrast in the image.
The flat detector is unaffected by magnetic and geometric distortions, giving the image a more consistent edge-to-edge quality than traditional intensifiers.
The flat detector on the Veradius frees up space during operations, giving surgeons more space to see their team and the patient, improving communication.
This is vital during complex procedures such as the surgeon communicating with the anaesthetist to stop a patient’s breathing during the fitting of a stent, then starting it again.
The system helps to reduce the radiation dose received by patients and staff by using a combination of advanced imaging technologies.
Philips claims its beam filters reduce the X-ray dose to a patient’s skin by 40 per cent over conventional filters; the pulsed fluoroscopy mode can reduce the X-ray dose by up to 75 per cent.
The Veradius is designed to support a range of procedures, from orthopaedic surgery and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair to coronary angiography and neuro stimulation.