Siemens movable C-arm gets FDA nod

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The Angiography and X-ray Division of Siemens Medical Solutions today announced FDA marketing clearance for the new AXIOM Artis U, a moveable, digital C-arm imaging system. The system, which offers four times more generator power than any mobile C-arm system on the market, is intended to support a wide variety of examinations including angiographic interventions, cardiac interventions and surgical procedures, Siemens said.

The system design provides a small footprint, fixed generator, a high-capacity X-ray tube, and the flexibility of a movable C-arm. It is configured to operate from within the control room or directly at the tableside.

Siemens said the AXIOM Artis U is four times more powerful than other systems, and thus better able to penetrate dense tissue, such as that of the obese patient, and it also can provide longer fluoroscopy times without overheating. The system also incorporates C.A.R.E. (Combined Application to Reduce Exposure), a specialized X-ray filtration system automatically adjusts to the density of the region of interest without using additional radiation.

The system can be configured with up to 30 frames per second acquisition for cardiac applications as well as subtracted imaging for body interventional and peripheral procedures and is equipped with syngo, Siemens standard user interface.