Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Republic of Ireland, have followed Merlin Park Hospital, Galway with the purchase of a Ziehm Vision R SmartVascular mobile C-Arm with liquid cooling, from leading medical equipment provider Xograph Healthcare Ltd.

The name Portiuncula, also known as Porziuncola, originated in 1943 when the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood opened a nursing home at Mount Pleasant, and the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clonfert, John Dignan, invited them to found a hospital, which opened on 9th April 1945. The nuns named their hospital after Portiuncula in Italy, the place where Franciscanism began. The name Porziuncola also means “small portion of land”.

Making the most of their small portion of land, Portiuncula Hospital staff and patients will benefit from the convenience and versatility of their Ziehm Vision R SmartVascular – a modern, but compact, mobile fluoroscopy system with advanced vascular imaging capabilities. Users will also have the confidence to perform the most lengthy and demanding vascular and interventional procedures, supported by superb image guidance, with no concerns about overheating, thanks to the Ziehm Vision R’s Advanced Active Cooling (AAC) system. AAC uses circulating cooling liquid passing around the X-ray generator and rotating anode X-ray tube together with digital monitoring of temperatures and imaging parameters to enable the Vision R to achieve its remarkable performance.

The Ziehm Vision at Portiuncula Hospital also features an endoscopy imaging package which includes an endoscopy-optimised imaging programme and allows users to configure the two 19″ high brightness monitors in either a traditional fluoroscopy display format or into both X-ray and endoscopy viewing formats. An endoscope video input is provided on the unit which is compatible with all major endoscope brands. By having both the X-ray and endoscopy images displayed in one place, the endoscopist does not have to repeatedly turn to view images in different locations within the procedure room, relieving them from something that can, quite literally, be a pain in the neck.

Margaret Dervan, Radiology Services Manager at Portiuncula Hospital said: “I am so pleased we have invested in this fantastic unit; it is so compact and lightweight. It will improve our Radiology Services considerably and I am very grateful to Xograph for supplying this unit and helping us so much.”

Michael Leonard, Business Manager for Xograph Healthcare Ireland. “Portiuncula Hospital users will experience many benefits from the Vision R mobile C-Arm, not just in the significant dose reduction and terrific image quality but also with the unit’s versatility in being able to quickly change role from Vascular/Interventional specialist to Endoscopy specialist, making it an extremely cost-effective product.”

About Xograph Healthcare

Xograph Healthcare is a leading independent medical equipment supplier to the UK and Republic of Ireland. It has a 45 year track record in providing innovative technology and services to hospitals, diagnostic centres, military medical services and veterinary practices.
Its range of medical imaging systems includes general, surgical, mobile, dental and extremity CT imaging equipment, as well as the latest healthcare IT and direct digital imaging solutions.
Xograph Healthcare is part of the Xograph Group of healthcare, scientific and veterinary companies and is based in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire with a Scottish office in Stirling and an Irish subsidiary based in Dublin.

Picture 1 – Caroline Hanrahan, Debbie Walter, Maeve Darcy, Margaret Dervan, Radiology Services Manager, Anita Tuohy, Dr Niall Gough, Consultant Radiologist and Michael Leonard, Business Manager for Xograph Healthcare Ireland.

Source: Xograph Healthcare