AXIOM Artis U, the new X-ray C-arm from Siemens, is a universal and highly flexible X-ray system with an output of 80 kW, which approximates the performance of stationary C-arms. The compact system footprint is suitable for installation in rooms of any size. In addition, the C-arm and trolley, both on wheels, allow for flexible system positioning within the room (“room-mobile”). It is quickly ready for operation and easy to use. AXIOM Artis U is especially suitable for vessel diagnostics and surgical interventions, for cardiology, neurology and orthopedic examinations. Previously the output of mobile C-arm systems reached only approximately 20 kW which had a limiting effect on its range of applications. But due to their immobility, stationary angiography systems with an output five times that of AXIOM Artis U may not always be suitable for a number of applications. The mobility of the system coupled with its high output makes it an excellent alternative for a broad field of implementations. The user interface is almost self-explanatory, which makes it easy to operate. The image system and the organ programs are manipulated directly at the examination table. Full DICOM functionality provides for a seamless integration into the existing IT landscape of the respective hospital or private practice. The highly developed radiation protection technology by Siemens is part of the system as well. It includes the CAREFILTER component for automatic adjustment of the filter strength. Another component is CAREVISION for variable pulse rates during fluoroscopy. The third component, CAREPROFILE, allows for radiation-free positioning of the collimators.
Siemens and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY, U.S.A., have signed an agreement to implement Siemens’ SIENET Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) solution. With this agreement, Siemens PACS solutions will be in place in half of U.S. News & World Report’s Top Ten Hospitals. “We are pleased to include Mayo Clinic into our growing SIENET customer base,” says Thomas Miller, president of Siemens’ IT division. “SIENET is the most widely installed PACS product in the world and with our SIENET solutions, healthcare providers are able to plan, install, maintain and further grow their business at their convenience. For example, as their image volume grows, they can add to the modular system structure and adjust accordingly. This strategy enables us to continue to meet our customers’ changing needs with a partnership for the operating life of their system,” Miller continued.
CTI Molecular Imaging, Inc. and Siemens have signed a definitive agreement to restructure and align their resources for the sales and marketing of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and PET/Computed Tomography (CT) equipment manufactured by CPS Innovations. This restructuring, which became effective on May 1, 2004, will strengthen the successful distribution of equipment manufactured by CPS Innovations, and enable both CTI Molecular Imaging and Siemens to further reinforce their leadership role for PET and PET/CT solutions. “This is an important change to address the continuing evolution of the PET market,” said Ronald Nutt, Ph.D., president and chief executive of CTI Molecular Imaging. And Michael Reitermann, president of Siemens Medical Solutions, Nuclear Medicine Group, adds: “We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with CTI Molecular Imaging by aligning our sales and service forces, which will create an impressive network of functional and molecular imaging experts. This agreement will allow us to increase our overall sales and service coverage, to better demonstrate our clinical and technological leadership, and ultimately to further improve our leading position in the global PET and PET/CT market.” About CTI Molecular Imaging: CTI Molecular Imaging, Inc. is a leading supplier of products and services for Positron Emission Tomography (PET), a diagnostic imaging technology used in the detection and treatment of cancer, cardiac disease and neurological disorders.
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) business unit of Siemens was selected as “Best Innovator 2004” in the categories “organization” and “corporate culture” by the consulting firm A. T. Kearny and the German business magazine “Wirtschaftswoche”. To apply for a patent, at Siemens you must simply submit your information via the Siemens Intranet, which is then processed by the Patent Management Group. And how is this honor of “Best Innovator of the Year” earned? By providing a transparent corporate culture that promotes employee creativity and active participation in the advances made by the company. An excellent example of this kind of creativity fostered by corporate culture is the development of the new Total imaging matrix technology, known as Tim (also refer to page 70). “Last year we spent nine percent of sales on research and development involving new technologies. An average of three patent applications are filed each weekday by Siemens Medical Solutions. It is important that all of our developers like working for us and are supported as much as possible,” says Professor Erich R. Reinhardt, CEO of Siemens Medical Solutions, describing the innovative culture of his group.
Siemens acquired CADVision Medical Technologies, Jerusalem, Israel. With this acquisition, Siemens has strengthened its competitive position in the area of computer- aided detection and diagnosis (CAD). “CADVision offers technologies that will further the development of our CAD product portfolio,” says Dr. Hermann Requardt, executive vice president of Siemens Medical Solutions. CADVision, a small research and development company founded in 1994, offers a unique mammography CAD system to help in the detection and analysis of breast lesions. The technology is based on patented algorithms that enable the detection of breast lesions in combination with advanced classification capabilities. CADVision’s technology is currently undergoing clinical validation and is not yet available for clinical use. Siemens is in the process of developing CAD technologies for several imaging applications across multiple modalities, and expects this acquisition to further round off its CAD product portfolio.
Richard Soldner was awarded the “Ian Donald Gold Medal for Technical Merit“ at the 14th World Congress for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) in Stockholm, Sweden. Soldner, retired today, took over the ultrasound R&D group at Siemens Reiniger in 1960. He received the award for his R&D efforts in real-time ultrasound diagnostics. He was the creative power behind the legendary VIDOSON, the first real-time ultrasound system in the world. The breakthrough of this technique is due to clinical application tests in 1965 by Professor Hans-Jürgen Holländer of the Women’s University Clinic, Münster, Germany, for ob/gyn and by Professor Gerhard Rettenmaier of the University Hospital Erlangen- Nuremberg, for abdominal applications in 1968.
MAGNETOM C!, a new open mid-field 0.35 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system, is currently the most compact C-shaped permanent magnet that meets routine clinical requirements for neurology, orthopedics, and angiography, as well as pediatrics, oncology, and cardiology. Optimized components integrate innovative high-field technology and simplify workflows in hospitals and private practices. MAGNETOM C! provides excellent image quality and high diagnostic confidence in a cost-effective package. With a diameter of only 137 centimeters, the magnet in the MAGNETOM C! is one of the most compact in its class. System advantages include high field technology and excellent image quality. In addition, the system is open on all three sides.