A year and a half ago Siemens released its syngo Neuro PBV IR (Parenchymal Blood Volume Interventional Radiology) software package, and the FDA just cleared it for clinical use in the United States.
Using a computed tomography scanner, the software provides neuroradiologists performing diagnostic and interventional procedures a live look at intracranial blood flow.
The software package is intended to provide visual assistance to physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of vessel malformations (such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and stenoses). In neuroradiology, this feature assists physicians in the treatment of stroke patients by displaying a color-coded qualitative map of cerebral tissue directly in the angiography suite. syngo Neuro PBV IR further expands the Siemens imaging application portfolio for the Artis zee line of interventional X-ray systems for radiology and cardiology.
Stroke results from decreased blood flow in the brain and can cause irreparable damage to cerebral tissue. Early treatment of a stroke can help minimize damage to brain tissue. Treatment generally involves minimally invasive techniques, such as image-guided, catheter-based interventions where blood clots are either dissolved with medication or mechanically removed. syngo Neuro PBV uses cone-beam computed tomography (CT) technology (syngo DynaCT) to produce a qualitative colorized image similar to CT perfusion. It is designed for the visualization of contrast-enhanced blood distribution in the arterial and venous vessels in the head using color-coded relative values for diagnosis.
Parenchymal blood volume information is acquired with two C-arm rotations around the patient and a steady-state contrast injection. The system applies sophisticated processing algorithms to generate a neurological PBV map. The information is available at tableside, in less than 40 seconds, without the need for any further user interaction.
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