A CUTTING-EDGE imaging system has been installed at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in a Scotland-first.

The health board has installed Alphenix Sky+ equipment by Canon Medical Systems, with the Forth Valley hospital becoming the first in Scotland to benefit from the advanced ceiling-mounted imaging system.

The system offers superior imaging quality and 220 degrees of rotation to carry out complex precision procedures such as prostate artery embolization.

It is hoped this will improve clinical workflow efficiencies by reducing the need for patient referral to alternative hospitals in Scotland, bringing healthcare closer to the community.

In addition, patients with vascular and renal conditions, which previously required major surgery, can now undergo treatment through minimally invasive techniques.

Jennifer Gilchrist, radiology services manager at NHS Forth Valley, said: “Whilst our previous radiology imaging system served us well, technology has significantly advanced since its purchase 12 years ago.

“We needed new state-of-the-art equipment that would provide crystal clear, high-quality images to enable us to carry out a broader range of precision procedures in-house.

“As a hospital, we are keen to serve our patients as close to home as possible and are thrilled that we can now make this possible.”

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Featuring a double C-arm with full rotation from either the right or left side of the table, Alphenix Sky+ can capture scans of the patient’s body from all angles, whilst integrated AI technology allows the operator to create a high-resolution 3D image from a 2D set of data.

The hospital has also installed Canon Medical’s Ultimax-i X-ray machine to further build diagnostic capacity and resilience.