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Building enhanced care

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Philips CT Clinical Science Philips Healthcare • USA

Philips Ingenuity CT at Ventura County Medical Center

Who/where
Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) is full-service acute care hospital with 180 beds, which includes the 49-bed Santa Paula Hospital. VCMC is the hub of the county medical service system and provides access to high-quality compassionate health care to residents throughout Ventura County. Serving the entire county, VCMC places special emphasis on providing access to care for the underserved and those facing barriers to access. Additionally, in July of 2010, VCMC was designated a Level II Trauma Center.

Challenge
Enhancing overall patient care for diverse patient populations, including pediatric, trauma, and those requiring bariatric services.

Response
The Philips Ingenuity CT scanner with iDoseā“ reconstruction technique provides low dose and high image quality, in addition to providing high throughput. The center also uses the bariatric table to accommodate a greater range of patients for CT scanning.

Putting advanced capabilities quickly into place
VCMC performs a variety of CT scans for an average of 30 to 40 patients/day. Kathleen Kellerhouse, Chief of Hospital Operations and former radiology manager for VCMC and Santa Paula Hospital, says that after working with Philips to secure other imaging equipment in years past, the relationship proved so strong that when VCMC upgraded its CT capabilities, it chose Philips. She states, “We really were just hoping to install a 64-slice scanner. Through a discussion with Philips during construction planning we found we were able to upgrade to the Ingenuity CT, a 128-slice system. We went with a design-build arrangement. Philips supplied the architects and the contractor for a very smooth, streamlined process that went very quickly.”
Kathleen Kellerhouse Joel Sanchez
Kathleen Kellerhouse
Joel Sanchez

Finding the right balance for patients
Kellerhouse continues, “With Ingenuity CT, we immediately noticed the high image quality at a low dose. Philips spent two weeks of onsite training and worked with the technologists and radiologists to achieve a balance so that the radiologists liked how the images looked resolution-wise at a low dose.” Joel Sanchez, Chief CT Technologist comments, “The speed of reconstruction at a low radiation dose is very important to us. The ability to reduce the mAs by half or more really benefits the patient.” He states that in the most extreme instances, “We went from as high as 400 mAs to an average of 110 mAs in some cases.”

“…the most significant benefits are supporting our pediatric patients with low dose and high throughput for our trauma patients.” Kathleen Kellerhouse - Chief of Hospital Operations, VCMC

Responding to a wide range of patient needs
VCMC was designated a Level II Trauma Center in July of 2010. Kellerhouse cites throughput as being of major importance to the team, in addition to high resolution and low dose. “The ability to get patients on and off the table quickly is also a big advantage for us. I was able to tell the trauma surgeons that because we were upgrading to Ingenuity CT we would have significantly improved resolution at a low dose for our patients, and that we would have a wider range of features that help us reduce radiation exposure.” Kellerhouse explains how the clinical team is able to enhance care for various patient populations with Ingenuity CT. “I think the most significant benefits are managing dose better for our pediatric patients, and high throughput for trauma patients. Having the bariatric table helped us support our bariatric surgeon,” she says. “Philips has been very responsive to all our needs. It is a pleasure working with a company that shares our commitment to patient care,” she concludes.


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Ingenuity CT, IntelliSpace Portal
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