Siemens Healthineers has unveiled its ARTIS icono biplane angiography system at the 2019 European Congress of Radiology in Vienna, Austria. The system is particularly suited for neuroradiology procedures, such as removing stroke-causing blood clots, thanks to improved 2D and 3D imaging that can also lower the amount of radiation delivered to the patient. Moreover, quick switching between the 2D and volumetric modes can help to track procedural progression with greater ease.
Because the imaging C-arm can now move quickly and in new ways, the company claims that “the areas of the cranial base and skull cap can now be represented with practically no artifacts in a 3D visualization”.
“With Artis icono, we intend to set new standards in image quality and workflow for minimally invasive procedures,“ said Michael Scheuering, Head of Interventional Radiology at Siemens Healthineers, in a published press release. “Improving the visualization of bleedings that occur anywhere in the cranial area can make it possible to skip prior conventional imaging for certain patients with a suspected stroke – which means that these patients can be taken directly to the angio lab for diagnosis and treatment, shortening the lead time before the vascular occlusion is removed. Any time saved in treating strokes can mean the difference between living independently and living in a wheelchair. Artis icono is therefore expanding precision medicine to advance therapy outcomes.”
The system is expected to be made available in Europe later this year. It is not yet for sale in the United States and there’s no word on when that may happen.
Some more details about the system according to Siemens Healthineers:
In 3D imaging, Syngo DynaCT Sine Spin therefore reduces artifacts in the vicinity of the cranium (skull cap) and the cranial base, which makes it possible to better identify bleeding in these regions. Syngo DynaCT Multiphase was developed to provide time-resolved DynaCT volumes to identify areas of the brain suffering a reduced blood flow or experiencing a delay in the flow of contrast agent. Volumes acquired at eight different time points during a 50-second period help to assess the status of the collateral vessels in order to determine the most appropriate treatment. Siemens Healthineers is working closely with its Solution Partner IschemaView. Their RAPID** software solution performs automated analysis of quantitative cerebral perfusion parameters in seconds.
Depending on the respective application, Syngo DynaCT High Speed can substantially reduce the time needed for low-contrast 3D imaging – from 20 seconds down to eight – and so achieve CT-like images with far less susceptibility to movement artifacts. Thanks to Twin Spin, operators can switch seamlessly between 2D biplanar imaging and 3D imaging without having to move the lateral plane to the park position. This not only speeds up the workflow, it also makes it easier to use 3D imaging for intraprocedural progress checks.
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