July 6, 2009 – Last week, Royal Philips Electronics released the Veradius X-ray system, a mobile C-arm with a super thin, flat detector.

Veradius is designed to give the surgeon more flexibility and improve patient care by streamlining workflow and improving image quality, the company said. The system also includes an additional monitor on the C-arm stand, enabling the operator an unobstructed view of the live image.

The flat detector on the Veradius frees up valuable space during challenging procedures and gives surgeons more space to see their team and patient. Dr. J. A. van Herwaarden, vascular surgeon and director of the endovascular program at UMC Utrecht, Netherlands, is one of the first surgeons to evaluate the Veradius in daily practice.

“As the flat detector is less obtrusive, it doesn’t block eye contact between members of the operating room team and so improves communication,” Dr. van Herwaarden said. “For example, when finalizing the placing of a stent-graft to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm, I often need the anesthetist to stop the patient breathing for between 20 and 30 seconds. Without the bulky image intensifier used in traditional systems blocking my view, I can now glance at the anesthetist to stop the breathing and glance at them again to restart it.”

The company said Veradius helps reduce the radiation dose received by patients and staff by using a combination of advanced imaging technologies. Philips’ unique beam filters reduce patient skin X-ray dose by 40 percent over conventional filters, and the pulsed fluoroscopy mode can reduce X-ray dose by up to 75 percent. The Veradius can be used for a full range of procedures, from orthopedic surgery and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair to coronary angiography and neuro stimulation.

The Veradius with flat detector technology is available for sale in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Australia. Other regions will follow in 2010.

For more information: www.philips.com/veradius

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