Siemens introduces adaptive CT for Somatom line

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Siemens Medical Solutions this week introduced its expanded SOMATOM Definition family of CT scanners as the first that adapt to patients with the most challenging clinical situations. The SOMATOM Definition family consists of the SOMATOM Definition Dual Source and the new SOMATOM Definition AS, a works in progress and what Siemens calls the world’s first Adaptive Scanner.

The SOMATOM Definition scanners go beyond the capabilities of current state-of-the-art scanners by adapting to the patient’s clinical situation—from pediatrics to bariatrics.

“A SOMATOM Definition CT scanner transforms itself into a stroke unit, a noninvasive cath lab, a therapy management tool for cancer patients, or an interventional suite—all according to the need of the individual patient,” said Bernd Montag, president, Siemens Medical Solutions, CT Division. ”All of these advances work to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare while keeping the costs down.”

The Definition AS comes in multiple configurations, each of which is tailored to a hospital’s workflow and clinical needs, with a goal to make the most complex procedures routine. The technology couples multiple components in a dynamic manner: a large-volume coverage area with a 200-cm scan range, 78-cm gantry bore and the ability to add a high-capacity 650-lb patient table. The Definition AS will be available in 40-slice, 64-slice and 128-slice configurations. It requires very little floor space, with an 18-m2 footprint.