31. March 2010 17:21
New MRI and imaging software solutions launched in the UK by Siemens Healthcare are designed to help hospitals cut costs by increasing their imaging productivity.
The Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla and Magnetom Skyra 3 Tesla MRI systems have the potential to increase patient throughput by 30% per day. The syngo.via software tool for the pre-processing of clinical images can save over 10 minutes per case.
The two new MRI systems use Tim (total imaging matrix) 4G technology to power image generation and Dot (day optimising throughput) technology to provide guidance and automated workflows, helping to standardise MRI scans across a range of patient conditions.
The syngo.via multi-modality software solution integrates with Siemens MRI, CT and PET•CT scanners and interventional imaging systems. It pulls together clinical images for interpretation and automatically pre-processes them, saving time and improving diagnostic confidence.
"syngo.via is an exciting solution for today's health economy and well positioned to support the NHS' QIPP agenda. It works with existing multi-modality medical equipment to improve patient throughput and clinical interpretation, which in turn enhances the quality and productivity of the service delivered to patients," said Ronan Kirby, Image & Knowledge Management Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare.
The Aera and Skyra MRI systems have a 70cm open bore design to accommodate a variety of patient sizes and conditions. The Dot workflow engine offers real-time guidance to steer the user through complex examinations.
Jane Kilkenny, MR Product Manager at Siemens Healthcare, said "Pressures on the health service demand that imaging solutions streamline workflow and at the same time enhance the patient experience. Skyra and Aera will ensure that staff resources are better utilised, even in complex cardiac cases, and that more patients can be seen."
MRI syngo.via UK launch