Digital diagnostic and imaging tech at new Westmead facility

Wednesday, 28 April, 2021 | Supplied by: Philips Healthcare

Health technology company Royal Philips has announced the successful installation of advanced digital diagnostic and neurovascular imaging solutions at Westmead Hospital’s new Central Acute Services Building — an integrated health, education and medical research facility. Fast-tracked under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 response, the state-of-the-art health facility was opened by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in March and features digital imaging-enabled operating theatres and expanded imaging services.

Westmead Health Precinct is one of the largest health, education, research and training precincts in Australia. As the centrepiece of the Precinct’s $1 billion redevelopment project, the Central Acute Services Building has been equipped with Philips’ most advanced precision diagnostic and image guided-therapy imaging solutions. This is reported to include Australia’s first Elition X dual-entry intraoperative MRI machines, designed to provide and enhance speed and efficiency for critical neuro cases such as stroke and acute trauma where speed is crucial to the diagnosis and treatment of patients in critical condition.

The digital imaging-enabled operating theatres are said to provide higher speed, efficiency and collaboration between surgeons and radiologists. With the immediate feedback of intraoperative MRI, clinicians can achieve first time right diagnoses and real-time adjustments based on up-to-date MRI information at virtually any time during surgical procedures.

Clinicians can also perform an array of cardiac and vascular interventions with the newly installed Azurion biplane system. Specifically selected by Westmead Hospital’s Interventional Neuro, Vascular and Surgical teams for its speed and accuracy in trauma care, this image-guided therapy platform has been designed to allow clinicians to easily and confidently perform procedures with a unique user experience, helping them optimise their lab performance and workflows and make fast, informed decisions for patients that need critical treatment. Its powerful diagnostic capabilities should help boost clinical confidence in a dynamic operating theatre environment and result in a better experience for patients and overall better health outcomes.

“This project undertaken by the NSW Government demonstrates Philips’ unique ability to support public sector organisations looking to ramp up their health systems’ capabilities and accelerate their digital health strategies in response to COVID-19, providing a more robust and effective healthcare ecosystem in record time,” said Managing Director of Philips Australia and New Zealand Matt Moran.

“It is very encouraging to see public health departments adopting technologies and workflows aligned to a more sustainable and robust healthcare future. The Westmead precinct is a leading example of what is possible for the next generation of health delivery.”

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