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Asteral completes largest installation of MR and CT equipment in a single NHS Trust

The largest installation of MR and CT scanners for a single NHS Trust was completed by Asteral at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) in March, with the delivery of a GE Optima MR 750w and a Toshiba Aquilion One at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The Trust-wide equipment reconfiguration is being undertaken as part of Asteral’s Select contract. The final deliveries completed the enhancement of the radiology department with a total of eleven new CT and MR scanners from a range of manufacturers.

Andy Jones, General Manager for Implementation and Technology at Asteral, said: “The equipment reconfiguration began with an evaluation of the changing clinical requirements of UHL’s radiology service, to understand how to best update the existing suite of CT and MR scanners. Asteral worked closely with UHL to ensure we met the Trust’s specific clinical requirements and that we were able to procure and install the most suitable equipment from a range of suppliers.”

UHL now has a comprehensive range of scanners from three suppliers including: an Aquilion One and three Aquilion CXL CT scanners from Toshiba; a Definition AS+ CT scanner and Definition Flash CT scanner, along with two Magnetom Aera 1.5T MR scanners from Siemens; and an MR750w GEM 3.0T MR scanner and two MR450w GEM 1.5T MR scanners from GE.

In addition the Trust has taken delivery of eleven injectors, supplied by Bayer, including five Medrad Spectris Solaris MR injection systems and six Medrad Stellant D Dual Syringe CT injection systems with Certegra Workstations. The Trust will gain access to Certegra CT Contrast Dose Management and the integral informatics platform will support the radiology department in driving protocol standardisation and easily accessing audit data.

Asteral, the UK’s leading vendor-independent provider of managed equipment services, combines a unique blend of technical, financial and commercial expertise that offers significant cost savings and performance improvements across every stage of the equipment lifecycle. Asteral’s innovative approach helps trusts make direct savings by converting the lifetime variable costs of managing their critical equipment into efficient and predictable operational costs.

Christopher Langley, Asteral’s Chief Executive, commented: “With vendor neutrality, Asteral is in the unique position to be able to offer access to the latest medical technology and offer the most appropriate equipment to meet a Trust’s clinical and financial needs. We are providing up-to-the-minute diagnostic imaging equipment to UHL under the terms of their long-standing managed equipment service. Asteral’s simple, transparent approach is a highly-effective technique for generating savings and efficiencies within the NHS, and we are delighted to have assisted UHL in ensuring it offers the best possible care to its patients.”

Judy Gilmore, UHL Radiology Service Manager, added: “Asteral’s multiLIFE solution has enabled the Trust to acquire an updated and state-of-the-art range of scanning equipment. This allows us to provide the most advanced cross sectional imaging service to our diverse population. The unique opportunity to choose equipment from a range of manufacturers all under one contract means that we know we are getting the most appropriate suite of equipment for our needs. The process has been challenging as we have delivered the same level of clinical service throughout and we are indebted to the staff and patients for their understanding and flexibility during this time. We are delighted with the installations and know we can continue to offer the best possible patient care from our enhanced radiology departments across the three UHL sites.”