Expanding Interventional Radiology with the Highest Image Quality


Canon Medical’s Alphenix 4D Angio CT suite helps considerably improve minimally invasive treatments, by facilitating workflow, reducing surgery time, and improving image quality, according to Professor Franco Orsi, a leading Interventional Radiologist, from the European Institute of Oncology (IEO), Milan, Italy.

The (IEO) is the fastest growing comprehensive cancer center in Europe. Its team deals with all respects of cancer, from prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to training and research. It has its own Interventional Radiology (IR) department. The IR team performs a wide range of activities. To match the growing demand for less invasive procedures, the IEO acquired an Alphenix 4D CT in 2018.

Innovative features

Features of the Alphenix 4D CT system that have enhanced the safety, precision and efficacy of interventional work include the combination of CT and fluoroscopy in one room and reduced time needed for post-processing of the imaging data sets. Faster and more efficient image interpretation is supported by integration of CT, Fluoro- and Ultrasound images, which are sent to a large screen directly in the room. The image data sets from different sources are processed in real time by the system and fused. This can significantly improve the visibility of the area where the intervention is being carried out. Previously, the indirect interaction between acquired Fluoro- and CT images created lengthier image interpretation times. Having the patient lying on an angio table rather than on a CT couch improves patient accessibility. Mounted on rails on, the CT scanner can be positioned close to the patient, and in parking position, positioned far from the patient. This means that indispensable technologies for IR procedures can also be hosted in the IR room.

Reducing the length of the intervention is of critical importance, as patients are under general anesthesia.

Virtual ‘navigation’

Overall, the new Alphenix 4D CT enables the IR specialists to ‘navigate’ virtually within the volumes of the organs, quickly and accurately target tumor lesions to be eliminated, and feel confident in having eliminated the pathological tissue without complications, immediately at the end of the treatment and without further checks.

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