At the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Siemens Healthineers, Malvern, Pa., presented its new computed tomography (CT) scanner portfolio, developed to cover all major requirements and customer needs regarding CT imaging.
The two new scanners in the SOMATOM go. platform—SOMATOM go.All and SOMATOM go.Top—expand the mobile workflow into advanced clinical fields, such as cardiology and CT-guided intervention. The mobile workflow enables the technologist to remain closer to the patient during exam preparation and the actual scan. With its high-end systems for single- and dual-source imaging—SOMATOM Edge Plus, SOMATOM Drive, and SOMATOM Force—Siemens Healthineers is introducing to the CT market the new, innovative FAST (Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies) Integrated Workflow with the brand-new FAST 3D Camera. Using artificial intelligence and deep learning technology, the camera automatically facilitates precise, consistent isocentric positioning of patients. By enabling the potential for fewer rescans, the potential for lower costs may be realized.
“We believe that our new scanner portfolio is the best possible answer to the very different challenges in computed tomography—in particular, to the simultaneous issues of growing patient numbers and declining reimbursement rates,” says André Hartung, head of computed tomography at Siemens Healthineers. “With our innovative technologies, we can contribute to the success of healthcare providers by helping them tap the full potential of CT and to offer high-quality examinations while also reducing costs.”
With its new models SOMATOM go.All and SOMATOM go.Top, Siemens Healthineers further strengthens its SOMATOM go. platform and expands the range of clinical applications for its patient-centric mobile workflow operated via tablet and remote. With a 0.33 second rotation time and the established Stellar detector technology, the 64-slice SOMATOM go.All can cover scan ranges of up to 100 mm in one second. The 128-slice SOMATOM go.Top can perform whole-body scans of up to 200 cm with a scan speed of up to 175 mm per second. This means that users can deploy the SOMATOM go. platform’s mobile workflow in advanced clinical fields such as emergency medicine, interventional radiology, and cardiology.
The new X-ray tube allows users to adjust the tube voltage in 10-kilovolt increments while keeping the tube current high. In this way, users can adapt the settings to each patient’s individual anatomy. SOMATOM go.Top also offers TwinBeam Dual Energy imaging, which enables users to examine the same body region at two different energy levels simultaneously. The technology splits the X-ray beam into two energy spectra before it reaches the patient. With a scan mode that is not different from a routine CT examination, TwinBeam Dual Energy can therefore acquire two image datasets that provide additional information about the tissue, which is particularly beneficial in soft tissue differentiation and for oncology.
In all applications, patients benefit from a comfortable examination situation: All scanners in the SOMATOM go. platform (including the two new additions) are operated via a tablet and remote that can be used to control all routine and advanced examinations.
Additional innovative hardware designs have been introduced with the SOMATOM go. platform. Following integration of all computer hardware into the gantry, a new injector arm is now available. This smart, ergonomic solution allows the user to swivel the tablet and the injector around the gantry.
In the high-end segment, Siemens Healthineers introduced two new flagship products in its portfolio: SOMATOM Edge Plus, the new premium single-source system, and SOMATOM Force, the new version of the leading system in the dual-source field. The new systems allow clinical users to cover all CT applications, regardless of patient or clinical issue. Both systems also offer high-precision diagnostics, which is a prerequisite for individualized prevention and therapy. “More than 200 scientific papers show what SOMATOM Force is capable of,” Hartung says. “With this new version of our top-of-the-range system, we want to help our customers take the next step on their way to precision medicine.”