Co-developed with usersSiemens Healthineers held interviews and workshops with over 500 radiologists, radiology assistants, chief financial officers (CFOs), patients, and referring physicians from various countries to collaboratively identify key characteristics of an ideal CT scanner. The result, says André Hartung, Head of Computed Tomography at Siemens Healthineers, "is a platform that offers high quality standards and responds to current needs for efficient workflows, and to clinical and financial requirements - whether the users are based in institutes in rural regions of newly industrialized countries, or in radiology centers with a branch network in North America and Europe." The workflow of the SOMATOM go. platform can be controlled via tablet, which paves the way for a new, mobile workflow. Users can control all routine examinations using just the tablet. The standardized work steps enable users to run the scan with just a few inputs. Automated postprocessing facilitates scanner operation, enabling staff with less training to perform examinations, i.e., night shift emergencies. The standardization also gives radiologists additional assurance with regard to the diagnostic quality of the images. It helps avoid errors, the need for repeat scans, and thus unnecessary wait times. At the patient's side The new usage concept at the heart of SOMATOM go.Now and SOMATOM go.Up also offers other advantages. Since the scanner workflow can be controlled via tablet, medical staffers no longer need to move between the scanner and the control room. Radiographers can remain with patients while preparing the scan, which can make the examination experience more pleasant for patients, particularly children. The scanners can be controlled on the move since all computer hardware formerly located in the control room is now integrated into the scanner gantry. This way, institutions can benefit from a flexible room concept. Instead of requiring two or three rooms for the scanner, the control unit, and possibly additional technology, SOMATOM go. scanners can be installed in a single room with a minimum size requirement. With this setup, a shielded niche is enough to protect the radiology staff. This room concept drastically reduces installation costs.
An all-in-one service packageBeyond the warranty period, the SOMATOM go. platform has a service package - the Siemens Healthineers Connect Plan - that extends for an additional two years, covers many replacement parts, and includes user training. Additionally, the new Chronon X-ray tube is designed for a long lifespan to relieve customers' financial burden. Innovative remote service also significantly reduces system downtimes, and many upgrades can be installed during normal scanner operation. Aside from the economic benefits of the SOMATOM go. platform, Siemens Healthineers focused on clinically relevant features that are particularly important for many routine applications - and in this case, allow users to expand their radiological portfolio. A brand-new detector based on the company's proven Stellar technology and spectral tin filters, which were previously available only on high-end Siemens Healthineers scanners, allow users to perform lung imaging at extremely low radiation doses. Regarding vascular imaging, High Power 80 - another feature migrated from the premium CT segment - keeps tube voltages extremely low, which helps reduce dose and minimize iodine contrast. ¹ SOMATOM go.Now and SOMATOM go.Up are pending 510(k) clearance, and are not yet commercially available in the United States The products/features (here mentioned) are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons, their future availability cannot be guaranteed. Further details are available from the local Siemens organizations. The statements by Siemens customers described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results. Siemens Healthineers is the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG enabling healthcare providers worldwide to meet their current challenges and to excel in their respective environments. A leader in medical technology, Siemens Healthineers is constantly innovating its portfolio of products and services in its core areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and in laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine. Siemens Healthineers is also actively developing its digital health services and enterprise services. To help customers succeed in today's dynamic healthcare marketplace, Siemens Healthineers is championing new business models that maximize opportunity and minimize risk for healthcare providers.In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens Healthineers generated revenue of €13.5 billion and net income of over €2.3 billion and has about 46,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available at www.siemens.com/healthineers.