MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, one of the top academic medical centers in the United States, has awarded a five-year, $25 million contract for medical equipment and health IT consulting services to Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. With the addition of Siemens medical imaging equipment and software, Rush will become one of a select group of medical centers in the country incorporating the concept of an interventional platform within its facility.
The upgraded medical infrastructure is a crucial part of the Rush Transformation, a 10-year campus redevelopment plan whose centerpiece is a major new hospital building scheduled to open in January 2012.
The Siemens portfolio of imaging solutions includes both single- and biplane angiography systems that will be used in interventional radiology, neurointervention, cardiac intervention and electrophysiology. These systems are used to visualize vessels and soft tissues for life-saving procedures, such as percutaneous cardiac intervention, complex electrophysiology procedures, carotid stenting, and coiling for brain aneurysms. Once all of the equipment is in place, the facility's goal is to design an interventional platform that encourages collaboration between specialists by placing diagnostic testing, treatment and recovery on the same floor, while providing patients with a single destination for their image-guided procedures.
As part of this strategic alliance, Siemens will also provide high-end computed tomography (CT) scanners with excellent resolution, faster imaging speeds and software to reduce radiation dose. Also included are 3.0-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging systems (MRIs) designed for neurological imaging, direct-digital radiography systems that can perform an X-ray scan in half