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At RSNA ’12, Siemens Offers Imaging Innovations To Visualize Answers To Disease

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At the 98 th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), from November 25 to 30 in Chicago, Siemens Healthcare (Booth #831, East Building/Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, Hall D) will provide imaging innovations to help the medical community visualize answers to life-threatening diseases – in ways that invite new clinical possibilities for detection, more accurate diagnosis, and more targeted therapy. These innovations demonstrate Siemens’ innovation and competitiveness – two components of the Healthcare Sector’s Agenda 2013 global initiative.

“At this year’s RSNA, Siemens will offer technologies and solutions that help our customers transition to next-generation healthcare by improving diagnostic and treatment accuracy as well as elevating the efficiency of care for the world’s most threatening diseases,” said Hermann Requardt, CEO, Siemens Healthcare. “Siemens also will demonstrate how our high-quality, economical systems and information technology can help improve patient and staff access to imaging. Additionally, we will illustrate how our latest imaging systems can help customers increase their efficiency and efficacy in their daily clinical routine. This is what Siemens has always provided: answers, visualized.”

At RSNA 2012, Siemens will showcase the following technologies:

Angiography

In angiography, Siemens is presenting the unique new imaging application syngo ® DynaPBV Body, which introduces 3D functional information for body imaging directly in the interventional lab. syngo DynaPBV Body provides color-coded, cross-sectional blood volume maps, e.g. for tumors. The application can help physicians select patient-specific treatment options such as chemoembolization or radioembolization as well as help physicians monitor treatment and determine the end point of therapy during an interventional procedure. syngo DynaPBV Body follows Siemens’ first application for functional imaging during interventional procedures – syngo DynaPBV Neuro, released in 2009. syngo DynaPBV Body differs from the neuro application in its ability to compensate for motion in the region of interest.

Computed Tomography

Siemens will again underscore its position as a leader in computed tomography (CT) radiation reduction, demonstrating how facilities can reduce overall radiation exposure. The KLAS “CT 2011: Focused on Dose” report established that customers regard Siemens as “industry’s low-dose leader.” One recent example of Siemens’ preeminence in CT dose reduction is its SAFIRE ¹ (Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction) alogrithm, which, with a reconstruction speed of up to 20 images per second, can be used in daily clinical routine to help users reduce patient dose by up to 60% compared to previous filtered back projection techniques.

This year saw the first U.S. installations of Siemens’ latest CT systems, which debuted at RSNA 2011: the SOMATOM ® Definition Edge and the SOMATOM Perspective. The SOMATOM Definition Edge single-source CT solution offers high image quality, dose reduction and dual energy acquisition in clinical settings, including the emergency department (ER). The SOMATOM Definition Edge features the unique Stellar detector, which for the first time fully integrates the detector’s miniaturized electronics within the photodiode. The SOMATOM Perspective is designed to enable budget-conscious community hospitals, critical access hospitals, and outpatient centers to extend the range of available examinations to their communities at reduced radiation dose. With Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies (FAST) such as FAST Planning and FAST Cardio Wizard to help simplify and automate time-consuming procedures, the 128-slice SOMATOM Perspective features a slim gantry design and a footprint of 194 square feet. At this year’s RSNA, Siemens will unveil a 64-slice version of the SOMATOM Perspective.

Magnetic Resonance

Siemens MR scanners MAGNETOM ® Aera 1.5 Tesla and MAGNETOM Skyra 3 Tesla are now available with syngo MR D13 – the latest MR software platform. The 2009 introduction of the MAGNETOM Aera and Skyra introduced two key MR technologies: Tim (Total imaging matrix) integrated coil technology in the 4th generation – Tim 4G – and Dot (Day optimizing throughput), which includes a customizable suite of engines that enable high consistency, productivity, and greater ease of use. The new syngo MR D13 software platform offers unique functionalities for image acquisition as well as new Dot engines for breast, spine, and large joint examinations. Imaging-related highlights include syngo WARP, allowing for imaging of patients with MR-conditional metal implants, and syngo RESOLVE high-resolution diffusion-weighted imaging. The new technique syngo CAIPIRIHINA has the potential to half the time of liver examinations. Syngo MR D13 is also available for Siemens’ MAGNETOM Avanto 1.5T and MAGNETOM Verio 3T systems – for new systems as well as for field upgrades.

Siemens continues to enable access to leading and innovative MR technologies with the attractive total cost of ownership of its MAGNETOM Spectra 3T and MAGNETOM Essenza 1.5T systems. Facilitating access to 3T technology for hospitals and radiological institutes, the MAGNETOM Spectra is characterized by excellent image quality, fast scan times, and easy operation. With more than 1,000 customers, MAGNETOM Essenza features Tim, which allows for high accuracy, flexibility, and speed, facilitating more reliable workflow in MR imaging. Tailored to user workflow, MAGNETOM Essenza can help physicians treat up to 60 patients per day.

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