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Arnold Palmer Hospital is First to Receive New FDA-Approved X-ray Imaging Technology

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is the first hospital in the United States to receive innovative new x-ray imaging technology that decreases radiation exposure to young patients and produces high-quality images.

The system, manufactured by Siemens, is called Luminos Agile and received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in June 2011.

A key feature on the Luminos Agile system is a large flat-panel detector that enables physicians to examine an image that is up to 117 percent larger than images generated by older technology. A larger image allows physicians to examine a wider area of the anatomy without repositioning the patient – reducing scan times and radiation dose.

Luminos Agile delivers a package of features designed to increase patient comfort and enhance efficiency in the exam room. It offers the flexibility of a table that adjusts height from 25 inches to 44 inches to easily accommodate children and patients with mobility challenges. The adjustable table also has a weight capacity of 600 pounds and a 24-inch wide opening to provide easy access for bariatric and immobile patients. It is the first to combine these features with an operator console positioned directly on the system and not in another room, which improves patient experience and operating convenience for the staff.

"X-ray imaging technology is very important to the treatment we provide for so many of our young patients, especially those here for our cardiology, gastroenterology, and orthopedic services," states Susan Smith, M.D., Chair, Department of Radiology at Arnold Palmer Medical Center. "This system has the advanced features we need to provide our patients the highest-quality care in the safest possible environment."

Keeping radiation exposure to a minimum is critical when it comes to diagnostic imaging, particularly for children, who are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of ionizing radiation. The Luminos Agile system is the third in a trio of systems Arnold Palmer Hospital is investing in to offer patients the most advanced radiology services while remaining focused on low-dose radiation options. The first was a state-of-the-art Siemens nuclear medicine gamma camera that the hospital installed in 2008 to fulfill a need for intense imaging capabilities. In 2009, the hospital further established itself as a leader in low-dose radiation imaging by becoming the first worldwide to install the Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash CT Scanner, a system that delivers the fastest speed and lowest radiation of any CT on the market.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, emergency and trauma care, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. Visit to learn more about all of our specialties.

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