Siemens shows latest tools for interventional suites at SIR 2006

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Siemens Medical Solutions this week showcased its technologies for interventional suites including the company’s syngo DynaCT at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), in Toronto.

"As the number of interventional procedures being performed each year continues to rise, so does the demand for technologies to economically perform more procedures, with more speed, while improving patient care," said Claus Grill, vice president, Angiography, Fluoroscopy and Radiography Systems for Siemens Medical Solutions.

Among the solutions Siemens showcased at SIR was syngo DynaCT. This application is designed to help physicians improve diagnostic confidence by enabling Angiographic Computed Tomography (ACT) and soft-tissue imaging directly in the interventional suite. By delivering CT-like images during angiography procedures, this application can save critical time and greatly reduce the need to move the patient out of the sterile environment for evaluation on another imaging modality, prior to proceeding with the intervention.

Beyond DynaCT, advanced applications such as syngo iPilot are able to support decision-making capabilities and treatment planning. This program takes two-dimensional fluoroscopy images that appear in real time, and superimposes three-dimensional reconstructions of the data displayed on the same monitor. The additional information supports physicians in the interpretation of vascular structures, enabling faster and more accurate catheter navigation.

Both syngo DynaCT and syngo iPilot are designed to work in conjunction with Siemens' various imaging systems such as the AXIOM Artis dTA. Equipped with flat- panel detector (FD) technology, the AXIOM Artis dTA digital ceiling-mounted universal angiography C-arm system enables comprehensive routine diagnosis with advanced 3D image quality, maximum radiation reduction and optimal network connectivity.