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New Imaging Pavilion Pioneers Ultra-low-dose Radiation Options

Madison, Wisconsin - A newly installed "hybrid suite" at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, has resulted in a significant reduction in the amount of radiation pediatric patients receive, according to the hospital. 

American Family Children’s is the first children’s hospital in the world to offer new, lower-dose radiation technology with the opening of an imaging pavilion and multi-specialty pediatric hybrid suite including space for catheterization, angioplasty, and operating rooms.

Siemens, the manufacturer of the low-dose pediatric Artis Q.Zen equipment, said while other hospitals are in the process of installing and operationalizing the equipment, American Family Children’s Hospital was the first to use it.

The imaging technology, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in February, 2013, offers high-resolution, high-quality images with a radiation exposure reduction up to 60 percent. The technology allows pediatric cardiologists, interventional radiologists and neuroendovascular physicians to work together to treat congenital heart disease, heart arrhythmias, vascular malformations, strokes and tumors that require image-guided biopsies.

"The universal room concept is a wonderful model for achieving maximum use and productivity for the investment in state-of-the-art technology because pediatric cardiologists, interventional radiologists and neuroendovascular specialists will share the equipment," said Jeff Poltawsky, vice president of American Family Children's Hospital. "As the first children’s hospital to offer this advanced technology, we think American Family Children’s Hospital will serve as a model for other children's hospitals. At the same time that we offer advanced clinical care, we’ll also participate in research studies that demonstrate the enhanced safety benefit to patients."

The imaging pavilion cost $13.5 million and was funded by the Sick Kids Can’t Wait campaign.

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American Family Children's Hospital imaging suite: Young patient and doctor


Date Published: 02/27/2014