Sahlgrenska University Hospital, a world leader in research and education, was seeking an innovative approach to cancer care to streamline the imaging procedure and create new forms of collaboration between specialists. Thanks to a new centre for Imaging and Intervention a breakthrough in cancer care diagnosis and treatment has been achieved.
Imaging and Surgery Procedures in One Location Thanks to a Unique System
Traditionally imaging and surgery were housed in separate locations within the building, but this new facility offers a unique system allowing imaging and surgery to be undertaken in the same space, allowing several specialists to focus on the patient needs at the same time. Something that was seemingly impossible has now been made possible thanks to this revolutionary design.
Advanced Medical Machines
The facility provides X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), ultrasound, Computerised Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and/or combinations thereof. Additionally, below ground level a cyclotron will supply the hospital’s PET scanners with radioactive isotopes.
The new operating rooms house advanced X-ray machines, a ceiling-mounted movable MRI, and other types of X-ray equipment that can perform diagnostics during the patient’s operation. Images are displayed on monitors within the room allowing specialist clinicians to be in different locations and monitor the operation in real time.
Engineering Sahlgrenska University Hospital
One of the biggest challenges for our team was to make this facility adaptable to future medical advancements. Our teams designed robust and flexible solutions that will enable continuous changes in usability, such as providing removable parts in exterior walls to allow new technical equipment into theatres whilst ensuring a high level of air quality for hybrid operating rooms.
The building is made up of two parts, each with its own power supply. A fundamental aspect of our design is to ensure full redundancy and by using the connection capability of busbars on each floor our engineers have designed a back-up system where one part of the building can support the other if required.
To mitigate any start-up time for the diesel generator we have installed a dynamic uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system. This rotating UPS gives the facility a critical power supply in the initial 20 – 30 seconds while the diesel generator kicks in.
Consistent Organization Ensured Project Success
A real success on this project is the coordination, planning, purchasing and installation of all medical equipment, which we started at the design phase and have documented throughout. Crucial to the construction schedule is the installation process of key medical equipment and instructions for this are prepared at the design phase with our coordination team. This document describes the requirements for the equipment, the order in which the installation must be carried out and by whom. It’s all-encompassing, from purchasing, delivery, assembly and installation to when the conditions for commissioning must be carried out.
To ensure the facility is fit for the future our team considered a design that allows for future medical equipment to be installed. Working together with our clients and the end users, we have developed cutting-edge, technical solutions to provide the hospital with the most advanced treatment methods and operating rooms in cancer care. Key to our design was creating an optimum spatial structure to provide an effective work space for clinicians and assure operational security for patients.