Siemens makes new product introductions
Siemens Medical Solutions has introduced a new portable ultrasound device, the Acuson P10, intended for complementary initial diagnostic care and triage, particularly in cardiology, emergency care and obstetrics. In addition, Siemens has showcased new cardiac offerings at the 2007 Congress of the European Society of Cardiology this week in Vienna, Austria.

The Acuson P10 boasts what the company claims is one of the smallest ultrasound system form factors, slightly larger than a personal digital assistant device with a weight just over 700 grams (20 ounces). It is equipped with a black-and-white monitor and delivers information via a flip-up LCD screen that measures 3.7 inches diagonally. The user interface is optimized for "thumbing," using only the thumbs to navigate, similar to a PDA, Siemens said. The P10's lithium ion batteries enable approximately one hour of scanning without recharging, according to the firm.

The system features emergency applications including Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma for detecting fluid, determining cardiac activity, and pericardial effusion as well as for detecting abdominal aortic aneurysms and performing pelvic exams.

In addition to cardiac and emergency care, the Acuson P10 offers applications in obstetrics where it can be used during labor and delivery. Specifically, the device can determine fetal viability, fetal positioning, amniotic fluid volume, bleeding and miscarriage. Additional applications include veterinarian medicine, the company said.

In other ultrasound news, Siemens is making the European introduction of its syngo Arterial Health Package (AHP) at the ESC this week. The AHP calculates cardiovascular risks by measuring the carotid intima media thickness and determining the relative age of the vessel.

The syngo AHP is available on the ultrasound systems Acuson Sequoia C512, Antares, X500, X300, and CV 70 from Siemens. Recently, it also became available offline on the syngo ultrasound workplace, according to Siemens.

In related cardiac imaging news, Siemens is introducing a new MRI software module at ESC, its Inline Ventricular Function (Inline VF) application. The module enables full automatic detection of heart contours and their motion during image acquisition, the company said. Inline VF is integrated as a software module directly into the acquisition sequence, enabling calculation of functional data during image acquisition.

For further 4D visualization of cardiac functions Siemens has developed Argus 4D VF. The software allows for the analysis of cardiac malfunctions via a 4D volume display of the heart.

All cardiac and vascular applications are available for Magnetom 1.5-Tesla and 3-Tesla scanners.

The company is highlighting the latest iteration of its syngo Dynamics, version 6.0. The new version of the image reviewing and archiving system for cardiology features the capability to produce evidence-based reports, allowing clinicians to supplement their clinical experience with the best treatment results from medical research. Additionally, syngo Dynamics enables physicians to compare reports from different specialties within a clinic via a single workspace, expediting diagnostic efforts.

Another new feature of syngo Dynamics 6.0 is expanded multimodality capabilities, allowing physicians to compare a patient's examination results from the cath lab with those from the echo lab. Another highlight of syngo Dynamics 6.0 is a real-time data transfer capability to and from the company’s Axiom Sensis XP, an interventional recording system for cardiology and electrophysiology.

Rounding out Siemens’ new product offerings are new functions for vascular analysis in the company’s syngo WebSpace version 2008A, a client-server system for CT that allows users to access and manipulate the CT images via an internet or other network connection.

Siemens said it has improved algorithms and provided additional tools in the new software version that enable physicians to accurately analyze small vessels as well as document reports more quickly. For example, computer-supported measurements for stenoses and comparisons of vessel cross-sections are now part of the package.

The syngo WebSpace version 2008A will be available worldwide this month, Siemens said.