Siemens announced that the FDA cleared its new SOMATOM Drive dual source CT scanner, a general purpose imaging system for use in a variety of cases, including cardiology, EM, and pediatrics.
The company is touting its Straton MX Sigma X-ray tubes, Sigma generators that power the device, and Stellar Infinity detectors that together should offer better beam focusing and improved control, minimizing the amount of radiation delivered and reducing the use of contrast agents. The operator can set the amount of voltage powering the tubes in increments of 10 kV, anywhere between 70 and 140 kV.
Fast scanning times allow for easier management of children as well as the ability to visualize beating hearts and breathing lungs. Sedatives and drugs to reduce the heart rate may also be less frequently used if a hospital is moving to a CT like this that can image the heart within one heartbeat.
“Siemens Healthineers is proud to introduce the high-performance SOMATOM Drive dual source CT system, which provides our customers with the flexibility to deliver more precise imaging – and potentially further reduce patient dose through the utilization of multiple KV settings,” said Douglas Ryan, Vice President of Computed Tomography at Siemens Healthineers North America in a statement.
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