Charing Cross 2014 – The Place to Be for Surgery

Healthcare News | 2014-05-19


In the beginning of April more than 4000 surgeons, radiologists and Healthcare Professionals from all over the globe came together in London to discuss the latest trends in vascular surgery at the Charing Cross symposium. The highlight this year: Prof. Dr. med. Werner Lang from the university hospital Erlangen and Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Debus from the university hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf reporting on their first clinical results with Cios Alpha to the expert audience.

Close to a hybrid OR

In a scientific presentation Prof. Dr. med. Werner Lang and Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Debus showed how Cios Alpha meets the difficult requirements of vascular surgery. Both surgeons had the mobile C-arm for an extensive clinical trial in their clinics and have gained plenty of experience with the system. Due to the flat detector technology, Cios Alpha offers a larger field of view1 and a better image quality, Debus explains in his presentation. Even in a bony mass, like the head or the foot, vessels can be seen clearly, Lang added. With an example of a completion angiogram of a distal bypass in a foot Lang explains how important it is to get a complete and clear view of all vessels in the foot. Only with this information he can evaluate the perfusion of the foot after an operation. “With a regular mobile C-arm you will fail to get such a precise view in my opinion”, said Lang.


Vascular diseases increasing rapidly

The Charing Cross Symposium in London focuses on vascular surgery. This medical field continuously gains importance as vascular diseases are rapidly increasing. The German Society of Angiology estimates that 3-10 percent of the population suffers from the so-called peripheral vascular occlusive disease – a disease where the narrowing of the blood vessels lead to decreased blood flow. From age 70 onwards this risk even increases to 15-20 percent.2

If vessels narrow or dilate dangerously, immediate action is required. Most of the operations can nowadays be done by a minimal-invasive procedure – meaning the surgeons tool of choice is rather the catheter than the scalpel. Minimal-invasive procedures are far less harmful for the patient, however more tricky in terms of intraoperative imaging. A surgeon performing such a precise procedure needs a better image quality to see even the smallest anatomical structures and tiny vessels.

More coverage

In terms of image quality, Cios Alpha offers surgeons up to 25 percent more anatomical coverage compared to today´s conventional image intensifiers due to a 30 by 30 centimeter flat detector3. Furthermore, the 25 kilowatt (kW) generator3 makes the system one of the most powerful mobile C-arm-systems on the market. A special cooling system3 protects Cios Alpha against overheating and allows it to support long-lasting interventions without compromise.

Read more on our website or check out the latest Cios Alpha whitepapers on vascular surgery.

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1 Compared to today´s conventional image intensifiers

2 German Society of Angiology: S3-Leitline pAVK, p. 13

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Cios Alpha is not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons its future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.

The statements by Siemens’ customers described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.

Prof. Lang is employed by an institution that provides Siemens product reference services for compensation pursuant to a written agreement.

Prof. Debus is separately engaged and paid by Siemens to provide product reference services.

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