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Siemens' advanced equipment to benefit TPE VGH patients
Taiwan News
2014-08-07 06:05 PM

Following the internationalization of Taiwan’s medical imaging service, the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TPE VGH) has signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Siemens in Taipei on Aug 07, 2014 under the push of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Health and Welfare. The world’s leading medical supplier Siemens has brought the advanced one-stop medical imaging technology into the angiography room. Through the experiments conducted by the TPE VGH experts, it is approved that the new era of medical diagnosis and therapy has arrived, where the time required to treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular patients is shortened and risks involved in therapy also decreased to improve the medical treatment results and patients’ safety.

Erdal Elver, President & CEO of Siemens Ltd., Taiwan, said “Siemens is rooted in Taiwan’s medical domain for many years and dedicated itself to the trend of innovation to offer technological support to Taiwan’s medical society. In 2013, Siemens established the first Siemens International Cardiovascular Reference Center in Asia with a local hospital. By signing the agreement with VGH TPE, Siemens is reaching another milestone to show the continuation of our commitment in Taiwan’s medical field. Both parties will not only continue to deepen and strengthen the medical research domain, but also boosting Taiwan’s medical field to international standards of excellence”.

TPE VGH and Siemens started to cooperate on this medical scientific research in 2011. Gathered topnotch medical professionals cross the country, TPE VGH has adopted Siemens’ advanced and innovative medical equipments to conduct the “quantitative medical imaging research”. The research team not only processed 2D, 3D and 4D medical images, but also conducted a quantitative data analysis on the imaging information. In the first phase of the cooperative research project over the last 3 years, the TPE VGH research team proved the feasibility of adopting X-ray Digital Subtractive Angiography (DSA) to measure changes of intracranial hemodynamicsin vascular interventional therapy and the innovative concept of “One Stop Imaging for Diagnosis and Therapy” was therefore proposed.

To promote this one-stop imaging therapy in different kinds of clinical applications, relevant research and development have been applied in all types of cerebrovascular diseases including acute / chronic stroke and ischemiafrom blood vessel occlusion, endovascular treatment for AVM and arteriovenus fistulas, Gamma knife radiosurgery and craniotomy surgery. Through the one stop measurement of interventional vascular imaging offered by the Siemens medical equipments, it is possible to decrease the diagnosis and treatment time effectively. Physicians are able to complete the measurement and evaluation of quantitative hemodynamic parameters from diagnosis, treatment to the postoperative follow-up.

TPE VGH has crossed departments and domains to promote the one-stop imaging idea horizontally to applications of patients with peripheral artery, aortic and carotid artery diseases. This helps physicians – those who are dealing with endovascular treatment such as those responsible for cardiovascular surgery – to receive patients’ hemodynamic status before / during / after the surgery and relevant real-time information, so that they will be able to control patients’ status and improve the medical treatment results, quality and patients’ safety.

In the meantime, the adoption of Siemens’ one-stop diagnosis equipment enables TPE VGH to remove artifacts created by apparatus in clinical images. Examples like metal coils, metal stents and surgical vascular clamps often used in intracranial interventional treatment and surgeries to treat all types of vascular diseases can create artifacts due to their metal structure and make it difficult for doctors to evaluate and follow up patients’ status. Through relevant medical software, digital subtraction angiography (DSA) images can be processed to remove artifacts created by metal structures inside patients’ body.

Besides, an objective, quantitative and scientific comparison analysis can be conducted before and after the imaging processing to make a good result with an important clinical application value. TPE VGH also became the front runner to publish its research results in topnotch international journals of neuroradiology and received a high value and good feedback.

According to the agreement, the concepts and actions of “quantitative medical imaging project” will be expanded to all types of clinical medical images (including ultrasound, molecular imaging, CT and vascular imaging, MRI and MRI angiography, and X-Ray cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography) to enhance the imaging diagnosis rate of all types of diseases, to improve the treatment results, to benefit the patients, and to develop modern medicine sustainably.

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