Siemens Medical Solutions' ultrasound division and TomTec Imaging Systems GmbH have entered into a strategic contract to integrate TomTec's 3D/4D technology into Siemens' Acuson and Sonoline ultrasound systems.
The companies say the combined technologies will add 3D and 4D visualization of the blood flow or 3D-based calculation of ventricular function. Siemens is looking to develop ultrasound technology with advanced applications for cardiac 4D quantification and stress echocardiography.
Siemens and TomTec also will introduce the Siemens Cardiology Competence Center, which will include experts in ultrasound system design, development and quantification technology. The goal would be to expand to radiology and obstetrical applications in the near future.