The Azurion system builds on Philips’ many decades of imaging expertise combined with a growing integrated therapy portfolio, enhanced by the 2015 acquisition of Volcano. It is is expected to form the core of Philips’ integrated image-guided systems including vascular surgery, cardiology, oncology, and neuroradiology. The new imaging platform is underpinned by Philips’ redesigned operating system, ConnectOS, which features a new user interface focused on prioritizing ease-of-use and maximizing control from multiple locations in the interventional suite.
Azurion minimizes preparation time and error by allowing routine tasks to be pre-programmed into the system with individual user preferences. The system also allows a team of clinicians to work in parallel, reducing procedure times and improving patient outcomes for both large volumes of routine cases and more complex advanced procedures.
Azurion also features substantial hardware upgrades compared with previous system releases, with over 1,000 new components installed, including an improved flat-panel detector. Together these combine to deliver real-time image processing and high-quality imaging with a low X-ray dose.
In the new system Philips has prioritized the seamless integration of vital procedural information in real-time. Updates from imaging systems, navigation tools, interventional devices, and patient records may be accessed throughout the interventional lab.
Development of the Azurion system at Philips occurred in conjunction with a large number of leading clinicians and clinical strategic partnerships. The drive to deliver benefits for both patients and care providers has resulted in a system that incorporates ergonomic design combined with new performance and productivity dashboards. These features help clinicians provide improved care and bring the benefits of image-guided therapies to more patients worldwide.
“With this solution, Philips provides us with advanced technologies and an excellent user experience, combined with services for guaranteed uptime, seamless integration into our hospital workflows, staff training and education, and enhancement of our productivity. This enables our staff to fully focus on what they do best – providing superior care to our patients,” in a statement said Aki Haukilahti, Executive Vice President and CFO of Heart Hospital, Tampere University Hospital, Finland.
Here’s a Philips promo video showing off the Azurion:
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