Cape Town, South Africa – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), one of the world’s leading healthcare technology providers, today announced that it has introduced the Philips AlluraClarity interventional X-ray system to the South African market. The system was unveiled to attendees at the sixth World Congress on Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.
In 2011, Philips had announced the results of a clinical trial validating the revolutionary AlluraClarity with ClarityIQ technology, the next generation of interventional X-ray offering equivalent image quality at a fraction of the radiation dose. Findings from the landmark clinical trial conducted at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm demonstrated that Philips’ AlluraClarity with ClarityIQ technology is helping to reduce the interventional X-ray trade-off between image quality and radiation dose, underscoring Philips commitment to patient safety.
In the Karolinska Hospital trial, independent interventional neuro-radiologists compared images from two neurological digital subtraction angiography runs on the same patient, the first using Philips current AlluraXper system and the second using the new Philips AlluraClarity with ClarityIQ technology. The results of the study demonstrated that the AlluraClarity provides equivalent image quality at an average of 73 percent less dose.
Interventional imaging is a medical specialty in which minimally invasive procedures are performed to diagnose and treat diseases using image guidance. Traditionally, lower radiation dose during interventional X-ray procedures meant corresponding lower image quality, which could inhibit a clinician’s ability to accurately diagnose and treat patients. Now, with ClarityIQ technology, clinicians are finding that they can reduce patient dose without sacrificing image quality, thus enhancing their diagnostic and treatment confidence. As a result, patient and staff risks from exposure to radiation are reduced, therefore longer and more complex procedures can now be performed at less dose.
“Philips continuously looks for ways to reduce risk for patients and clinicians while maintaining optimal image quality. Our concern is always to help clinicians get the diagnostic information they need at a low dose said Jose Fernandes, District Manager, Philips Healthcare Southern Africa “Philips has already experienced incredible success with iDose technology in diagnostic CT scanners that has been introduced into both The Donald Gordon Medical Institute and Sunninghill Hospital, in Johannesburg”