Image-guided therapy

Azurion 7 C20 with FlexArm
The advanced suite that works around you

 

Philips Azurion 7 C20 with FlexArm is a solution driven by passion. By harnessing our shared passion for excellence we have achieved a revolutionary new way of working with FlexArm.

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Azurion 7 C20 with FlexArm
The advanced suite that works around you

Azurion 7 C20 with FlexArm
The advanced suite that works around you

 

Philips Azurion 7 C20 with FlexArm is a solution driven by passion. By harnessing our shared passion for excellence we have achieved a revolutionary new way of working with FlexArm.

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Philips Azurion 7 C20 with FlexArm is a solution driven by passion. By harnessing our shared passion for excellence we have achieved a revolutionary new way of working with FlexArm.

Innovation driven by passion


Our passion unites Philips teams and healthcare providers all around the world to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. But the more thought-provoking side is the drive we share with health providers, to collaborate to get more people back to living the lives they love.

 

Discover what benefits this new way of working can bring for you and your patients in your hospital setting by watching this introduction video.

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Interventional Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology
Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Hospital management
Hospital Management
Philips Azurion 7 C20 with Flexarm interventional cardiology
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Improve radial access workflow

Improve radial access workflow

The rising use of radial artery access for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) and other cardiac cases requires new imaging flexibility. Now rather than pivoting the table to visualize a fully extended arm, FlexArm enables off-center imaging and Image Beam Rotation to align the X-ray field of view with the arm. This can save time and enhance visualization for diverse procedures and types of patients.

 

An independent user study showed 91% reduction in table positioning movements, from 19.4 to 1.8 on average, in procedures that include table pivots, such as radial access procedures, compared to the Philips Azurion 7 C20 system.1

Enhance anesthesiology and patient safety

Enhance anesthesiology and patient access

When anesthesia is involved in a structural heart disease case, it’s important to keep the head end of the table free to allow undisturbed access to the patient’s head, especially if TEE (transesophageal echocardiography) guidance is also required. The FlexArm stand allows both the anesthesiologist and echocardiologist to remain at the head end of the table throughout the procedure, while the C-arm moves around them. This enhances anesthesia and patient access during procedures.

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm offered uncompromised access to the patient's head end.1

Work ergonomically

Work ergonomically

To allow all your team members to choose ergonomic working positions during structural heart procedures, chronic total occlusions (CTOs) and other lengthy interventions, the FlexArm stand can visualize virtually any region of interest without having to move the table. This eliminates the need to bend over or twist in an awkward angle and allows you to comfortably reach instruments, equipment and the patient, which allows you to work in more ergonomical positions.

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm would allow them to work with great flexibility.1

Image tall patients in one pass

Image tall patients in one pass to save time

Imaging tall patients from the groin to the heart during PCI and CTO procedures is often cumbersome and time-consuming with conventional interventional systems. FlexArm solves this issue by making a 45 degree rotation, while maintaining alignment on the region of interest, so tall patients can be smoothly imaged from the groin to the heart in one pass. This prevents having to move the system all the way to the side position (90 degrees), which saves you time and space.

 

94 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm offers full body coverage without the need to move the patient.1

Save time when it counts

Save time when it counts

If a complication arises during a cardiovascular intervention when there are a lot of staff and equipment around the table, quick access to the patient is essential. FlexArm makes quick access possible by moving away from the table to an automatic standby position with one simple move of the Axsys controller. When called back, FlexArm will follow the same route back to its original position, creating a predictable movement for staff. Equipment remains in place and the 3D image fusion is maintained so you can quickly pick up where you left off without making new scans.

Open up space around the table

Open up space around the table

Advances in minimally invasive imaging technologies pave the way for creating interventional treatment environments that can support a mix of cardiac and vascular procedures. But conventional interventional X-ray equipment and robotic systems can make inefficient use of space when large care teams and ancillary equipment are in the room. FlexArm’s compact form takes up less floor space and creates more working space around the table to support multiple specialties now and in the future. That means your mixed room can boost your return on investment in the long run.

Easy positioning of supportive equipment

Easy positioning of supportive equipment

Supportive, but sometimes bulky equipment or ultrasound systems, can hinder your medical team from working at the head end and sides of the table. The exceptional positioning flexibility of FlexArm creates additional work positions and enhances views of the monitor during lead extraction cases. If necessary, anesthesiologists can work undisturbed at the head end to monitor the patient’s condition continuously. You can easily convert to open surgery – one movement of the Axsys controller sends the system to automatic standby without disrupting staff or equipment. 

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm offered uncompromised access to the patient's head end.1

Philips Azurion 7 C20 with Flexarm interventional radiology
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Perform peripheral procedures

Perform peripheral procedures without moving the table

When performing a peripheral procedure, you need to maintain intense concentration to keep the catheter tip at the right position. FlexArm can move the C-arm from access point to region of interest without moving the table. This avoids pulling wires and helps you stay focused. It also allows a clear line of sight with the monitor to support you in working smoothly and confidently. 

 

100% of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that the FlexArm FlexArm system would reduce the need to move the table.1

Enhance confidence and efficiency of TACE procedures

Enhance confidence and efficiency of TACE procedures

Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is a complex procedure because patients vary widely in terms of tumor load and tumor locations. To give your medical team more flexibility to perform these procedures, FlexArm provides you with 7 C-arm position options for 3D overlay navigation. In addition to these 7 navigation positions, FlexArm enables 3 positions for acquiring the rotational scans: at the head end and on both sides of the table. These options give your team the flexibility to plan the procedure in the most efficient way. It also gives you the flexibility to adjust the procedure set-up during the case when needed, regardless of table side. This can increase speed and enhance patient access and staff satisfaction.

Improve visualization for every procedure

Improve visualization for every procedure

Radiology interventions can be performed everywhere on a patient – from head to toe and on both sides. That means your X-ray system has to be just as flexible. With FlexArm, you can exactly visualize what you need to see at the moment you need it.
Image Beam Rotation keep alignment of the detector and beam with the region of interest during rotation and angulation to enhance visualization and efficiency during interventional procedures.

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm would allow them to work with great flexibility.1

Enhance anesthesiology and patient safety

Enhance anesthesiology and patient access

When an interventionalist, surgeon and anesthesiologist are all working at the table, they often have to step out of their preferred working position during imaging projections. FlexArm can be positioned at 45 degree angle relative to the table, while maintaining alignment with the region of intrest. This gives the anesthesiologist access to the head side and the interventional radiologist and surgeon access to each side of the table – or any other position desired. Each specialist can be on hand where and when needed without compromising their access to the patient.
 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm offered uncompromised access to the patient's head end.1

Improve the patient experience

Improve the patient experience

Frequent table movements during PTA (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty) and other complex interventions can create stress for patients. FlexArm allows you to move the system around the patient instead of pivoting or panning the table, so patients feel more relaxed during procedures. This can enhance the patient experience.  

 

Simulation tests with FlexArm systems showed that in procedures that include table pivots, such as radial access procedures, table positioning movements were reduced by 91% from 19.4 to 1.8 on average per procedure compared to the Philips Azurion 7 C20 system. 8 participants eliminated all movement.2,3

Your platform for innovation - today and tomorrow

Your platform for innovation – today and tomorrow

The demand for minimally invasive interventions is expected to continue to increase. FlexArm’s unlimited imaging and staff positioning flexibility, and intuitive operation can help you create the ideal multipurpose treatment environment to support different medical specialist team to work in one room in diverse clinical set-ups. As new techniques and demand arises, your FlexArm room positions you to evolve your services in the same room.

 

94 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm flexibility is capable of supporting new procedures.1

Lab utilization

Increase lab utilization with procedure-based workflows

FlexArm’s movement flexibility and intelligent motion control allow you to set up procedure-based workflows to broaden lab utilization. You can guide devices from anywhere around the table, to open up more positioning freedom and patient access options. That means you can stand at the head end for a carotid case, at the left or right side of the table for an EVAR, and quickly access any location on a patient during a trauma case. For complex cases, you can position the C-arm at 45 degrees to create space for yourself and for the anesthesiologist at the head end. Top optimize working conditions for all team members, FlexArm can move 270 degrees around the table. This allows all imaging positions to be reached without obstructing the position of team members or nearby equipment. With Image Beam Rotation, the C-arm can be positioned at any angle, while maintaining alignment with anatomy.

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm would allow them to work with great flexibility.1

Enhance patient care during complex procedures

Enhance patient care during complex procedures

Frequent table movements during trauma and other critical procedures can dislodge wires and tubes and disrupt the equipment and instrument set-up at crucial moments. FlexArm gives you the ability to handle cases requiring full body access with 2D or 3D imaging from three sides of the table without pivoting or panning the table. This can enhance patient care and improve catheter, wire and intubation control. It also supports more efficient interventions by allowing you to standardize your clinical set-up.

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that the FlexArm system would reduce the need to move the table.1

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Smoothly switch to open surgery

Quickly switch from a minimally invasive to an open procedure when needed. FlexArm makes fast access possible by moving away from the table to an automatic standby position with one simple move of the Axsys controller. This creates space around the table to perform all procedures that do not require X-ray imaging. It also allows quick access to a patient during an emergency situation. When called back, FlexArm follows the same route back to its original position, creating a predictable movement for staff. Equipment remains standing and the 3D image fusion is maintained so you can quickly pick up where you left off without making new scans.

Easy to use, easy to learn system

Easy to use, easy to learn system

FlexArm offers many new innovations to help physicians and team members maintain their focus on the procedure including patient oriented movement. Whether you angulate or rotate the imaging system, the X-ray beam remains centered over the region of interest so you do not have to constantly re-adjust the position of the image to display it correctly. The Axsys motion control system and FlexArm’s positioning flexibility provide predictable and precise system movements that promote less disturbance and greater staff concentration. All work hand in hand with Azurion’s unique user design, enabling an easy to use, easy to learn system.

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that the FlexArm system was easy to control.1

Advanced infection management

Advanced infection management

To manage infection risk for patients during treatment, the FlexArm system is designed to meet stringent contamination control standards for operating rooms. It offers a Hybrid OR ceiling kit that supports Hybrid OR sterility requirements and allows easy cleaning of moving ceiling parts. The kit is designed to reduce laminar airflow disturbances when operating with a laminar airflow system.

Make efficient use of space

Make efficient use of space

FlexArm opens up room to work anywhere needed around the table and use different patient access options to support a wide range of procedures and help you make efficient use of space. Its compact design frees up space for ancillary equipment, booms and carts, It also makes more working space available compared to robotic imaging systems because it does not create a large “no fly zone” in the treatment area and it’s more predictable in its movements.

Your platform for innovation

Your platform for innovation – today and tomorrow

As the demand for Hybrid ORs continues to increase, you can confidently welcome new clinical specialties into your FlexArm environment, and also embrace new treatment options for current user groups. Today, the flexibility of FlexArm supports current user groups like vascular, cardiac, and neuro surgeons to perform their procedures with better ergonomics and an improved workflow. This flexibility further allows new clinical specialties like laparoscopic and thoracic surgeons as well as pulmonologists to benefit in the same way of advanced imaging capabilities to offer their patient innovative treatment options. As an example, the FlexArm gantry can be positioned at a 45 degree position to leave the head end unobstructed to create space for physicians and their bronchoscopes or lung ablation equipment. With FlexArm, you are provided with a platform for innovation - today and tomorrow.

 

94 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that the FlexArm flexibility is capable of supporting new procedures.1

Increase your suite utilization with procedure-based workflows

Increase your suite utilization with procedure-based workflows

An interventional lab or Hybrid OR is a costly investment, so you want to make the most productive and efficient use of this environment. FlexArm’s movement flexibility and intelligent motion control allow you to set up procedure-based workflows to perform a broader mix of procedures in one room. These workflows are also more efficient: they have been shown to slash system positioning time by 27% compared to labs with conventional interventional systems as table movements and table pivots are not needed anymore.1

Your platform for innovation - hospital management

Your platform for innovation – today and tomorrow

The demand for multi-purpose treatment environments is expected to continue to increase your interventional lab or Hybrid OR utilization. FlexArm’s unlimited imaging and staff positioning flexibility create the ideal environment to support different specialist medical teams working in one room. Imagine a blend of surgical and endovascular, cardiac and peripheral or endovascular and orthopedic procedures. As new techniques and demand arise in laparoscopic and thoracic surgery, pulmonary and other areas, your FlexArm room positions you to evolve your services in the same room.
 

94 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm flexibility is capable of supporting new procedures.1

Streamline procedure

Increase standardization of clinical set-ups to streamline procedures

Working efficiently and consistently in a multipurpose room is a challenge given the different medical teams and equipment involved. With the full flexibility of the FlexArm system, you no longer need to move the patient table during imaging or disturb nearby equipment and instruments. Anesthesiologists and ultrasound specialists can take the preferred position at head side and stay there during the procedure, while the C-arm moves around them. ProcedureCards offer presets and can display hospital checklists/protocols to standardize set-up for all cases. 

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm offered uncompromised access to the patient's head end.1

Use of space with FlexArm

Make efficient use of space

FlexArm opens up room to work anywhere needed around the table and use different patient access options to support a wide range of procedures and help you make efficient use of space. Its compact design frees up space for ancillary equipment, booms and carts. It also makes more working space available compared to robotic imaging systems because it does not create a large “no fly zone” in the treatment area and it’s more predictable in its movements.

 

100 % of physicians who participated in a simulated use study agreed that FlexArm would allow them to work with great flexibility.1

Attract new staff

Attract new referrals and medical professionals

Setting up a new interventional lab or Hybrid OR with FlexArm allows you to position your healthcare facility as a technologically advanced institution in its area. This can help you attract both leading medical professionals and new patients who are looking for advanced care options. You can also create a buzz about your facility with your local population by promoting your new treatment offering through local media channels.

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Significant time savings by reducing movements in the minimally invasive suite

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Features of Azurion 7 C20 with FlexArm

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Image guided therapy

A new experience in image-guided therapy  

New challenges in minimally invasive care call for new strategies. Philips Azurion with FlexArm extends the Azurion range of image-guided therapy solutions. It offers a platform for innovation to help healthcare providers break new ground in superior care, efficient lab performance and an outstanding user experience.

A new experience in image-guided therapy


New challenges in minimally invasive care call for new strategies. Philips Azurion with FlexArm extends the Azurion range of image-guided therapy solutions. It offers a platform for innovation to help healthcare providers break new ground in superior care, efficient lab performance and an outstanding user experience.

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References

 
  1. Results obtained during user tests performed in 2017/2018 by Philips Healthcare and Use-Lab GmbH, an independent company. The tests involved 17 physicians from Europe and the USA, who performed simulated procedures in a simulated OR environment.
  2. Evaluated with clinical users in a simulated lab environment after approximately 20 minutes of practicing C-arm and table positioning.
  3. Based on responses of 17 physicians.