FDA OKs Siemens' 64-slice and open CT Systems

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The FDA has given the green light to Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. to market its 64-slice and open 16-slice CT scanners.

The 510(k) clearances were announced this week for Siemens' Somatom Sensation 64 and Somatom Sensation Open, respectively.

The Somatom Sensation 64 provides 64-slice sub-millimeter imaging per rotation and gantry rotation time at 0.37 second for speed and sub-millimeter volume coverage. The company says the scanner also enhances cardiac, neurology and body imaging applications with an isotropic spatial resolution of 0.4 mm.

With an 82-centimeter extended field-of-view and 82-centimeter large gantry bore, the Somatom Sensation Open is designed to facilitate improved patient accessibility and positioning. The scanner also enables enhanced levels of diagnostic support for CT-based radiation treatment planning, trauma applications, interventional procedures and imaging of bariatric patients.