Siemens adds 16-slice capability to Somatom line

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Siemens Medical Solutions this week introduced the Somatom Emotion 16-slice CT scanner.
The new system combines a gantry rotation speed of up to 0.5 seconds and 16-slice 0.6 sub-millimeter imaging technology. The scanner is air cooled and does not require an external cooling device. In addition, the scanner has a minimal space requirement of less than 200 square feet, making it easy to site in community hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers, Siemens said.
The Somatom Emotion 16 provides a set of clinical applications, including syngo LungCARE CT with NEV (nodule enhanced viewing) and syngo Colonography with PEV (polyp enhanced viewing) for the computer-supported visualization of lung lesions and colon polyps.
For radiation therapy planning, the recently introduced CT Respiratory Gating application permits the visualization of lung tumors during breathing, Siemens said.
Additionally, the Somatom Emotion 16 is equipped with CARE (combined applications to reduce exposure) functions, developed to reduce radiation exposure in CT examinations.
After completing a comprehensive testing phase at clinical institutions in Europe, United States and Asia, Siemens said the Somatom Emotion 16 will be commercially available this fall.