FDA Clears Siemens Healthineers Devices

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Siemens Healthineers has announced that the Food and Drug Administration has cleared Biograph Horizon Flow edition, a cost-competitive positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system that features the company’s revolutionary FlowMotion continuous bed motion scanning technology.

Initially introduced on the company’s premium Biograph mCT Flow PET/CT platform in 2013, FlowMotion continuous bed motion technology differs from conventional step-and-shoot PET/CT scanning in that it enables personalized exam protocols based on patient anatomy. These protocols can be configured based on the radiology department’s most commonly scanned indications to support standardization. With the extension of FlowMotion continuous bed motion technology to Biograph Horizon Flow edition scanners, users can define up to four distinct scanning regions, each with a different bed speed.

Additionally, specific exam reconstructions can be applied to each scanning region or to multiple regions. Biograph Horizon Flow edition facilitates high-resolution reconstructions and respiratory gating, which can help improve the ability of clinicians to detect lesions.

“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. ‘The Biograph Horizon Flow edition is the ideal PET/CT system not only for progressive community hospitals but also for satellite campuses of large healt care networks that are looking to provide the same premium continuous bed motion technology as their flagship facilities.”

In other news, the FDA has cleared the MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner from Siemens Healthineers, which features new BioMatrix technology that addresses inherent anatomical and physiological differences among patients, as well as user variability. By reducing this variability among patients and users, the scanner’s BioMatrix technology can lower the number of rescans and increase productivity to improve MRI’s cost efficiency.

The MAGNETOM Vida with BioMatrix technology helps health care providers perform a full range of routine and complex examinations while delivering robust results for each patient. BioMatrix Sensors built into the scanner’s new patient table automatically track respiratory patterns as soon as the patient lies on the table, providing information that can help formulate the optimal exam strategy.

In addition to helping users avoid costly rescans, BioMatrix Tuners improve the quality and reproducibility of whole-spine diffusion imaging via individual slice adjustments that mitigate distortion that otherwise may occur, especially at 3T. Biomatrix Interfaces help ensure consistently high exam quality, accelerating scanning by up to 30 percent and improving patient care. The scanner’s intuitive user interface permits correct one-touch positioning of the patient table based on intelligent body models. The patient table provides motorized assistance, enabling users to move patients who can be difficult to move (i.e. immobile, trauma, and extremely heavy patients) to and from the scanner.

Further information is available at www.siemens.com/healthineers.