Themed "Ask the ultimate Power in Imaging", Siemens Healthcare will present its latest imaging innovations at the European Congress of Radiology 2009 (ECR 2009), including the new computer tomograph Somatom Definition Flash, the world's first molecular CT - the biograph mCT - and the next generation of breast magnetic resonance tomography - the Magnetom Espree-Pink. The demonstration will also feature the first automatic breast scanner Acuson S2000, the new digital radiography system Ysio and Mammomat Inspiration with 3D tomosynthesis for mammography.
NewsSiemens sets a new standard for breast ultrasound: New automated breast ultrasound system automatically acquires volumes and offers intelligent clinical applications
Siemens Healthcare introduces the Acuson S2000 Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS), the first multi-use ultrasound breast system that automatically acquires volume images of the breast. Thanks to the user-independent, standardized image acquisition, the system is ideally suited for early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer with ultrasound – especially for women with dense breast tissue.Maximum efficiency in diagnostic reporting: syngo Portal Transcriptionist from Siemens for medical transcriptionists
The PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) and RIS (Radiology Information System) solutions from Siemens Healthcare are enhanced by role-based portals. Clinical staff access their tasks via portal applications that are specifically adapted to their function. The new Syngo Portal Transcriptionist, developed for the European market, contains all core functions needed by transcription offices for diagnostic reporting in radiology. The portal clearly indicates and prioritizes the main tasks that need to be addressed, for example, pick up incoming cassette, listen to digitally dictated text, or transfer text, including comments by the radiologist, to the reporting template. With this approach, the portal provides seamless interaction between radiologists and transcriptionists, reducing breaks in their workflows.Innovation for Women’s Health – the new MRI breast scanner from Siemens Magnetom Espree-Pink makes examinations more comfortable for physicians and patients
Siemens Healthcare presents its first MRI breast scanner, Magnetom Espree-Pink. This 1.5-Tesla system is the latest innovation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from Siemens, featuring a dedicated solution for breast examinations. Particularly for obese and claustrophobic patients, the large, 70-centimeter magnet bore makes examinations more comfortable than with previous systems, or, in some cases, it makes them possible for the first time ever. The flexible design of the "Sentinelle Vanguard for Siemens" breast coil also optimizes the clinical workflow. Comprehensive applications, such as syngo Grace or syngo Views, additionally set a new standard in Women’s Health.Siemens presents new MR applications for Oncology
Further highlights at the ECR 2009Computed Tomography
SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) imaging with "intelligence" is the next major trend in nuclear medicine. The Symbia gamma camera from Siemens now comes with a new feature, IQ•SPECT, which in the case of cardiac examinations will supply information concerning perfusion in only five minutes. In addition, the CT attenuation correction can be calculated during the examination and calcium scoring can be performed. At present, perfusion studies of the heart using SPECT systems take approximately 15 to 20 minutes on average.Services
Siemens Healthcare now offers TubeGuard for all computer tomographs (CT) in its Somatom Definition product family. TubeGuard is an additional option featuring proactive, real-time monitoring of systems via the Guardian program. It continuously checks the operability of the X-ray tube assembly in the customer's CT system. TubeGuard informs the Siemens Service Center online via Siemens Remote Service (SRS) in due time before a tube assembly actually fails, e.g. at the end of its service life. A replacement can thus be supplied immediately, thus reducing the risk of unforeseen system failures considerably.Radiography
The new Artis zeego angiography system of Siemens Healthcare introduces unprecedented flexibility in catheter labs and operating theatres. The industrial robot technology integrated in Artis zeego allows the physician to move the C-arm to almost any position around the patient. This makes it easier than ever before to visualize internal organs from various sides, if - for example - tumors or vascular diseases have to be assessed. The University of Munich Hospital will be the first hospital in the world to use the new Siemens angiography system for patient care. Artis zeego supports innovative 3D procedures such as tomograms with syngo DynaCT from Siemens. As Artis zeego is capable of displaying large volume cross-sectional views, large areas such as the entire abdomen can be viewed. This offers great advantages to the physician, for example in the treatment of obese persons or of patients with liver cancer.Fluoroscopy
The syngo Lung CAD software helps search through thoracic CT data records for potential nodules. syngo Lung CAD is available on syngo Imaging, syngo Imaging XS or in conjunction with syngo CT Oncology.
Syngo CXR CAD can be used to detect pulmonary nodules in digital X-ray studies of the thorax. Syngo CXR CAD processes images of the posterior-anterior (PA) view and is optimized for detecting pulmonary nodules ranging in size from 8 to 30 mm.
Another CAD solution from Siemens is syngo PE Detection, a second reading product for detecting pulmonary nodules in CT angiography images. Syngo MammoCAD helps to detect regions of interest, including masses and microcalcifications clusters in full-field digital mammography (FFDM).
Syngo Colonography PEV (Polyp Enhanced Viewing) is an automated second-reading tool used to display polyps in the colon. If a specific PEV finding is selected, the tool automatically travels to the polyp marked for PEV in the "3D endoscopy" and "multiplanar reconstruction" views. The tool supports the detection of polyp-shaped objects ranging in size from 6 to 25 mm and assists in measuring them.
Syngo TrueD software is available on PACS systems and the MultiModality Workplace for the interpretation of CT, MR, SPECT, and PET images in oncological diagnostics. The application can load and concurrently display anatomical as well as individual or fused functional images. This simplifies monitoring the course of a disease or therapy. The latest version of syngo TrueD includes numerous additional workflow functions such as user-configurable layouts and new analytical tools for VOI assessment.Imaging and workflow systems
One highlight of the new version V70 of syngo Imaging XS, a modular PACS solution to enter the world of digital image processing, is the implementation of IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) profiles such as Scheduled Workflow (SWF), Patient Information Reconciliation (PIR), Portable Data for Imaging (PDI), Access to Radiology Information (ARI) and Consistent Time (CT). Some new functionalities in this version include DICOM Structured Reports and Findings Navigator. The integration of RIS, PACS and image postprocessing is aligned to suit radiology work processes, simple operation, speedier workflow or simple integration into the technological environment of the hospital.
The new version V70 of syngo Imaging XS (PACS) combines cutting-edge features for reading, planning exams, and reporting with easy installation, easy usage, and easy expansion – even for large hospitals – at an attractive cost-benefit ratio. The newest version also includes 3D visualization applications.
Version V35 of syngo Imaging, which is currently in development, will feature important improvements with regard to scalability and configurability. In addition it will support Syngo MammoReport and Syngo Expert-I.
The new versions of syngo Imaging XS and syngo Imaging both offer additional functions for computer-aided detection (CAD) and enhanced imaging with the PACS viewing station. This not only increases diagnostic reliability but also improves the workflow.
The dynamic image reporting, diagnosing, and archiving system syngo Dynamics for multi-modality application has also been extended. The application helps to improve the efficiency of clinical procedures, especially in cardiology and gynecology. Some of the newest features of this enhanced version 7.0 include:Direct data transfer between Siemens Axiom Sensis XP hemodynamics monitoring systems and syngo Dynamics
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the largest suppliers of healthcare technology worldwide. The company is a medical solution provider with core competences and innovative strengths in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as knowledge processing, including information technology and system integration. With its acquisitions in laboratory diagnostics, Siemens Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare company that combines imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy solutions and medical information technology and also supplements these with consultation and services. Siemens Healthcare offers solutions for the entire supply chain under one roof - from prevention and early detection to diagnosis and to treatment and aftercare. In addition, Siemens Healthcare is the global brand leader for innovative hearing aids. Siemens Healthcare currently has around 49,000 employees worldwide and is represented in more than 130 countries. During fiscal 2008 (ending on September 30), Siemens Healthcare achieved a total sales volume of € 11.17 billion and incoming orders totaling € 11.78 billion. The Group earnings amounted to € 1.23 billion.
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