Siemens has introduced its new Luminos Fusion, a combined full digital fluoroscopy and radiography system that features flat panel detectors at a mid-range price level. Switching out cassettes is a time consuming process and working bulky C-arms during fluoroscopy is a cumbersome affair.
Not having X-ray image intensifiers allows the Luminos Fusion to be a more compact system than those it would replace, saving hospitals’ precious space for a more comfortable experience and other uses. It also offers interesting safety features including a skin sensing joystick that prevents the system from being moved when the operator is not at the controls.
The flat panel detector in Luminos Fusion was until now, only available in a higher-range price segment. Combined with a more affordable system, the fully digital 2-in-1 technology is now available to an expanded customer base. This combination of fluoroscopy and radiography equipment helps increase system utilization and avoid idle time. Since fluoroscopy patients typically need to fast before an examination employing contrast agents, for example, appointments are generally scheduled in the morning. A 2-in-1 system like Luminos Fusion is available in the afternoon for X-ray imaging, so the equipment can be utilized at greater capacity.
Luminos Fusion is equipped with SmartTouch technology for greater safety in the examination room. To reduce the risk of unwanted movements, the joysticks require skin contact of the operator’s hand, so the system cannot be moved accidentally and injure patients or medical personnel. Luminos Fusion also features the Careposition functionality, which enables radiation-free positioning of the examination area to protect against unnecessary radiation. Graphics on the screen show the user the position of where a new image will be taken relative to the last image taken.