The FDA has given clearance to the Siemens SOMATOM Edge Plus CT scanner. The device sports the company’s FAST (Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies) Integrated Workflow that features a 3D camera positioned above the patient bed that allows the system to recognize the head, torso, and other parts of the body. This helps the system to automate scan preparation, helping to get patients in and out of the scanning room quickly without sacrificing imaging quality.
The infrared camera is combined with artificial intelligence methods to recognize various anatomical points. The table moves accordingly, making sure to position the patient’s body ideally depending on the specific protocol being used. The firm believes that not only can this lead to faster scan times, but help to reduce the radiation dose and maybe even help to avoid repeat scans.
The imaging component relies on TwinBeam Dual Energy technology and capturing 128 slices per rotation of the gantry. Various quantitative imaging and tissue characterization, based on a tumor’s iodine uptake, are provided with the system.
A split filter captures two spectral energies at the same time and may permite clinicians in many cases to avoid additional non-contrast exams since it can generate “virtual noncontrast” images.
To help clinicians battling on the front lines of the obesity epidemic, the SOMATOM Edge Plus has a Straton MX Sigma X-ray tube, high power reserves at every kV value in 10-kV increments, and the Stellar Infinity detector that work together to beam and successfully detect X-rays that have to pass through a good deal of tissue.
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