Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is the first hospital in the U.S. to receive innovative new x-ray imaging technology that decreases radiation exposure to young patients and produces high-quality images.
The system, manufactured by Siemens, is called Luminos Agile and got the approval of the Food and Drug Administration in June of 2011.
A key feature on the Luminos Agile system is a large flat-panel detector that enables physicians to examine an image that is up to 117 percent larger than images generated by older technology. A larger image allows physicians to examine a wider area of the anatomy without repositioning the patient – reducing scan times and radiation dose.
It delivers a package of features designed to increase patient comfort and enhance efficiency in the exam room. The adjustable table also has a weight capacity of 600 pounds and a 24-inch wide opening to provide easy access for bariatric and immobile patients. It is the first to combine these features with an operator console positioned directly on the system and not in another room, which improves patient experience and operating convenience for the staff.
“X-ray imaging technology is very important to the treatment we provide for so many of our young patients, especially those here for our cardiology, gastroenterology, and orthopedic services.” – Susan Smith M.D Chair Department of Radiology Arnold Palmer Medical Center.
“This system has the advanced features we need to provide our patients the highest-quality care in the safest possible environment.”
Keeping radiation exposure to a minimum is critical when it comes to diagnostic imaging, particularly for children, who are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of ionizing radiation.
The Luminos Agile system is the third in a trio of systems Arnold Palmer Hospital is investing in to offer patients the most advanced radiology services while remaining focused on low-dose radiation options. The first was a state-of-the-art Siemens nuclear medicine gamma camera that the hospital installed in 2008 to fulfill a need for intense imaging capabilities.
In 2009, the hospital further established itself as a leader in low-dose radiation imaging by becoming the first worldwide to install the Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash CT Scanner, a system that delivers the fastest speed and lowest radiation of any CT on the market.