Siemens won FDA clearance for its Biograph Horizon Flow edition, a budget friendly positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanner that includes some advanced features of its more expensive cousin. The main selling point is that the new device includes FlowMotion continuous bed motion scanning technology, an offering that was previously introduced on Siemens Biograph mCT Flow PET/CT. Another advantage is HD•Chest, a feature that prodcues motion-frozen chest scans much faster than traditional techniques.
According to Siemens, FlowMotion “differs from conventional step-and-shoot PET/CT scanning in that it enables personalized exam protocols based on patient anatomy.” Four different regions can be setup based on a patient’s anatomy, each resulting in a different bed speed, helping the radiology team standardize scans and perform common imaging exams quickly and reliably.
“With the addition of Biograph Horizon Flow edition to the Siemens Healthineers PET/CT portfolio, customers tasked with reaching a certain price point no longer need to make compromises in the PET/CT technology they offer patients,” said Doug Darrow, Vice President of Molecular Imaging at Siemens Healthineers North America, in a statement. ‘The Biograph Horizon Flow edition is the ideal PET/CT system not only for progressive community hospitals but also for satellite campuses of large healthcare networks that are looking to provide the same premium continuous bed motion technology as their flagship facilities.”