Siemens just announced winning FDA clearance for its SOMATOM go.Now and SOMATOM go.Up compute tomography scanners. The systems are designed to speed patients through the scanning process, utilizing preset workflows that are defined and controlled using a wireless tablet. The SOMATOM go.Now is a 32 slice CT scanner, while the SOMATOM go.Up offers 64 slice imaging per rotation of the gantry. The more slices, the faster the exam and/or the higher quality image you can achieve.
The tablet allows technologists to move in and out of the scanner room with ease while keeping control of the system. The tablet and an accompanying remote control is all that’s needed to operate the scanner. And because all the computer components are situated within the scanner rather in the control room, you don’t really need a control room at all. A corner with radiation shielding where the technologist can hide during a scan can save a good deal of space in a crowded clinic.
Here’s a Siemens video promoting the capabilities of the SOMATOM go. CT line: