Siemens Healthcare wants to be its customers' preferred partner in all clinical and business matters. Hence, on the 2008 congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Siemens places an emphasis on the comprehensive approach to clinical and economic aspects in cardiology. Using the example of clinical treatment paths for coronary heart disease, the visitor to the fair can learn about the share that each imaging modality and the laboratory diagnostics can contribute to prevention, acute treatment, and follow-up. Furthermore, it is demonstrated how patient management is supported by clinical IT systems.
There is undisputedly more than one way of visualizing coronaries. However, the crucial question is what benefit the patient gains from a given modality. In order to discuss this topic, worldwide renowned clinical experts will be ready to answer the visitors' questions at the trade fair booth, taking into account results from scientific investigations.
Within the scope of hands-on training events offered by Siemens exclusively at the ESC, interested visitors can gain practical experience in handling cardiac data from computed tomography and magnetic resonance tomography under the instruction of experts from clinics and from Siemens.
Siemens Healthcare unveils the Acuson SC2000 volume imaging ultrasound system, the first system in the world to acquire non-stitched real-time full-volume 3D images of the heart in one single heart cycle. Called “Echo in a Heartbeat,” this new technology marks the greatest paradigm shift in ultrasound since the introduction of 2D imaging in the late ’70s. Instantaneous, non-stitched, full-volume imaging comes 55 years after echocardiography pioneers Inge Edler und Hellmuth Hertz acquired the world’s first cardiac ultrasound recording using Siemens technology in 1953.Siemens asks: What’s your SPECT’s IQ?
IQ•SPECT technology is achieved with SMARTZOOM, a specially designed “smart” collimator that magnifies the heart while imaging the rest of the torso under traditional conditions. Typically, cardiac SPECT data is obtained through keeping the detectors positioned at 90 degrees and as close to the body as possible, utilizing mechanically centered detector rotation, where organ specific magnification cannot be achieved. The flexible mechanics of the Symbia S and T gantries allow an organ centric detector rotation that can zero-in on the organ of interest; in this case, the heart. Combining this organ centric orbit acquisition technique, fast, 3D iterative reconstruction that is optimized for more confident diagnoses, and improved patient comfort from a quicker scan, IQ•SPECT will set the standard for image quality, speed, productivity and throughput.MORE HIGHLIGHTS
As a hospital information system, i.s.h.med also supports the workflow by visualizing clinical paths and thus enables seamless documentation of the patient procedure steps within the hospital.Heart scan with lower dosage possible using Dual-Source CT
A new study reveals that, with dual-source computed tomography (DSCT), the effective dosage for a heart examination can be significantly lowered, in comparison to conventional computed tomography (CT). The study also demonstrated that stenoses can be diagnosed with the same high accuracy as with invasive x-ray angiography. At the University Hospital in Zürich in Switzerland, 120 patients with suspected coronary heart disease were scanned with the world's first CT scanner with two X-ray tubes; a Somatom Definition from Siemens Healthcare. The Siemens application, Adaptive Cardio Sequence with the step-and-shoot mode, was also used for the first time with a dual-source CT. The results of the study were published in the June issue of "Heart", the official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society.*Fully automatic analysis of the cardiac function via MRI
Siemens now offers Inline VF (Ventricular Function) - the first fully automatic software module for cardiac function analysis with MRI worldwide. This powerful module is used to analyze cardiac image data immediately after acquisition without user interference, for the first time already during the examination. Up to now, the image data had first to be transferred to a post-processing computer for manual processing. Inline VF provides the physician with very fast access to highly reproducible results of the functional analysis.
Furthermore, Siemens has developed Argus 4D VF for the four-dimensional visualization of the cardiac function. This software enables the visualization and analysis of heart function disorders through the dynamic volume display of the beating heart. With this flexible tool, the cardiac function can be calculated from almost any combination of short-axis and long-axis images. As a new and unique feature, the mitral valve motion is included in the analysis. Thus, compared to conventional approaches, Argus 4D VF allows function analyses with significantly higher accuracy.Artis zeego – Robot technology for medicine
Siemens has extended syngo Dynamics, its dynamic image reporting, diagnosing, and archiving system for multi-modality application to facilitate the workflow surrounding image management in cardiology. syngo Dynamics is used for evidence-based reporting and enhances the efficiency of clinical prodecure steps in cardiology, gynecology, and obstetrics as well as general imaging. The new syngo Dynamics version 7.0 can be connected to the IT systems of hemodynamics labs. It imports hemodynamic data and selected documentation data from GE MacLab system (version 6.5) and displays this information in reports and worksheets. As a result, the data from hemodynamic examinations is automatically available to the examining physician and needs no longer be entered manually.
As various modalities are supported, data from echocardiography, electrophysiology, angiography and X-ray images can be analyzed. Thus, the patient's entire anamnesis is available at the cardiologist's workplace. The compilation of reports on coronary structures for cardiac catheterization is also facilitated. During template preparation, for example, diagrams of the coronary arteries can be positioned on a worksheet or report template. Moreover, syngo Dynamics version 7 provides a new function for myocard assessment in a 17-segment model. This function includes user-friendly graphics and enhanced positions for the segments and provides overview texts for the mycardial wall motion and an analysis of the myocardial wall thickness.Laboratory diagnostics: biomarkers for the entire treatment chain
Siemens has successfully completed approximately 400 consulting projects during the past 12 years. Many of these projects were focused on cardiology, neurology, and oncology. At the ESC 2008, the visitors can obtain detailed information about the offered consulting services and reference projects of Siemens Healthcare.Customer CareLife – Customer Care program with comprehensive services
With "Uptime Services", the Customer Care program offers a multitude of innovative proactive services that enable the detection of potential faults in medical systems before malfunctions occur. This minimizes downtimes and decisively improves planning security and workflows in hospitals and medical practices. The Siemens Guardian Program, for example, allows the real-time, proactive online monitoring of medical systems. System errors and potential deviations from the current standard values can be quickly detected and remedied so that reliability and availability of the system are considerably increased. The basis for this is the Siemens Remote Service (SRS) platform to which Siemens can connect the systems of its customers worldwide. Today, up to 50 percent of all system malfunctions can be remedied by SRS via remote access.
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