Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, UK recently saw the arrival of a third Ziehm Vision mobile C-Arm image intensifier with wireless network connectivity, supplied by Xograph Healthcare, a leading independent supplier of medical imaging equipment to the UK and Ireland.

The purchase decision was driven by local circumstances; and the need for an intuitive system that would cater for the demands from varying departments such as theatre, endoscopy and day surgery. The new Ziehm Vision Mobile C-arm, although predominantly used by radiographers, is now being used to train other theatre staff professionals, such as theatre nurses, in the use of intra-operative fluoroscopy during spinal surgery. Now, a radiographers time does not necessarily have to be spent, much of it waiting around, in long theatre procedures.

The compact and robust design of the Ziehm Vision provides excellent manoeuvrability and very light C-Arm movements, making positioning stress-free. The system can be controlled either from the C-arm or the monitor cart due to the conveniently mounted synchronised TFT touch screen user-interfaces. A mini-fluoro image is even provided on the C-Arm touch-screen if the monitor cart is not in view. The systems performance is automatically adjusted to any body region thanks to the application-orientated anatomical programs and the unique Ziehm Object Detected Dose Control system (ODDC). Indefinite fluoroscopy time with no overheating is facilitated by the unique Ziehm Advanced Active Cooling system (AAC).

Nick Nicklin, Deputy Principal Superintendent Radiographer at Dorset County Hospital said The new machines provide us with high quality images which can be sent effortlessly to PACS via a wireless solution. This, together with the ease of use, was a fundamental factor for the department as now we are able to invest time in training non-radiographers with the encouragement of working with the most advanced equipment.