New Configurations of Siemens’ Economical CT Scanner Allows Field Upgrades to 32, 64 and 128 Slices
Siemens Healthcare's 16- and 32-slice iterations of its Somatom Perspective computed tomography (CT) system bring high-end scanning technologies to a broader clientele, with the option of upgrading to the system’s 64- and 128-slice configurations, which have been available since 2012. The new configurations enable healthcare providers to comply with the NEMA XR-29 Smart Dose Standard, helping ensure a safer imaging experience for patients. Designed for community and critical access hospitals as well as outpatient imaging centers, the Somatom Perspective helps facilities extend the range of available examinations to patients in their community at reduced radiation dose with a low total cost of ownership.
New Slice Configurations for Specific Applications The 16-slice Somatom Perspective is ideal for facilities that need a scanner capable of high-volume routine scanning. In addition to being suitable for routine oncology scans as well as head, neck, lung and abdominal imaging, the Perspective 16 is suitable to help clinicians ensure delivery of pain-relieving analgesics to the correct location during surgery. The 32-slice configuration is designed to provide more detailed imaging for bone fractures, inner ear examinations and vascular applications. Both the 16- and 32-slice configurations come standard with Siemens’ SAFIRE (Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction) algorithm, an iterative CT reconstruction method based on raw data. SAFIRE enables the user to either reduce patient radiation dose by as much as 60 percent compared to previous filtered back projection techniques or improve image quality correspondingly.
Technologies Boost Uptime, Enhance Patient Experience Exclusive to the Somatom Perspective is its eCockpit, which features technologies that enhance the longevity of the scanner’s most expensive and fragile component — the X-ray tube. eCockpit includes eMode, which automatically selects scan parameters that reduce wear and tear on the X-ray tube; eStart, which provides a smoother start-up time during lulls in the scanning day; and eSleep, which stops the X-ray tube and detector inside the gantry from spinning when the scanner is not in use. The Somatom Perspective also includes automated solutions that help simplify time-consuming, complex procedures, supporting clinical personnel at every stage of the CT examination and allowing them to spend more focusing on patients. Additionally, a standard illumination mood light contributes to a soothing patient environment.
Siemens announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in May 2014.
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