Siemens highlights variety of image-enhancing products

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Siemens Healthcare showed enhancements spanning image acquisition to image processing and documentation to the Artis zee family at 2008 RSNA conference in Chicago, including new capabilities to its syngo iFlow and a work-in-progress medical-grade display.
The company said its syngo iFlow shows dynamic information using color in a single image for assessment. The color-flow enhances neurological post-therapeutic interventions for rapid evaluation of remaining abnormalities by comparing pre- and post- imaging sequences. Additionally, attending or referring physicians can benefit from syngo iFlow information by using the image as a color snapshot to explain treatment to the patient, the company said.

“To address the increased incidence of stroke, syngo iFlow is reinventing digital subtraction angiography (DSA) by enabling display in color,” said Claus Grill, vice president, angiography, cardiac and x-ray systems. To deliver the discrete image, syngo iFlow maximizes opacification of each pixel with a time from injection, which is then represented by a color to show the history of the contrast medium movement through the vessels. Time of Transfer and full vessel tree visualization are also available.
Siemens also showed a medical-grade display, pending FDA 510(k) clearance that provides a 56-inch active, full-color widescreen and an 8 megapixel panel (4 x HD resolution) for viewing details during procedures with Artis zee. With a minimum resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, the display integrates imaging sources into one system, offering 21 inputs with 12 pre-sets, more than 200 layout possibilities and support for up to 10 windows shown, which can be altered as required.
Siemens also showed Artis zeego robotic-assisted positioning capability for interventions in both radiology and the developing OR environment. Artis zeego’s flexibility of movement supports large-volume syngo DynaCT, increased operator comfort during long and complex procedures and parking positions to maximize the use of room space.