Siemens technology offers 3D visualisation of coronary vessels

Malvern 16 September 2004The Angiography and X-ray Division of Siemens Medical Solutions recently introduced Interventional Cardiac 3D (IC3D) technology to create three-dimensional (3D) images of the coronary vessels in the heart. When paired with an AXIOM Artis imaging system from Siemens, IC3D allows cardiologists to view the coronaries in 3D with as few as two images, leading to great precision in determining appropriate stent size and length, faster examination times, the use of less contrast medium and lower radiation dosages.

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"The IC3D technology has definitely enhanced digital imaging by allowing cardiologists to view 3D images of coronary and peripheral arteries, helping to achieve optimal diagnostic and interventional outcomes for our patients", stated Neal Kleiman, M.D., medical director of the catheterization lab at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center in Houston. "The system has proven to be an excellent tool for quality patient evaluation and accurate determination of appropriate stent size and placement."

According to the American Heart Association, there is an approximate 25 percent chance that patients will need additional procedures to correct restenosis, or repeat narrowing of a coronary artery treated with a stent. During initial stenosis, the physician's ability to select and place the appropriate stent is crucial in order to avoid restenosis in the following months and years. With 3D visualisation of the coronary vessels, clinicians can see the artery and the stenosis accurately, and can therefore size and place the stent precisely and effectively. Such efficient use of technology is likely to prevent patients from needing to repeat invasive and often costly procedures.

"The introduction of IC3D technology for our AXIOM Artis systems will provide clinicians with an extremely helpful and important tool in the evaluation of patients prior to stenosis", stated Manfred Fink, vice president, Angiography and X-ray Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "With this technology, Siemens is leading the way to better patient care overall, making procedures effective, while enhancing work flow and cost efficiencies for the hospital."

Combining IC3D with technologies in the AXIOM Artis platform provides users with an enhancement to the features already available on other AXIOM Artis technologies. These advantages include superior image quality, ease of use, maximum radiation protection and optimal system connectivity. Additionally, since the technologies are equipped with syngo, Siemens' standard user interface, all patient data can be seamlessly shared. This enables physicians to create a comprehensive patient report during the exam, including stored reference images, and allows completion of the patient report after finishing the procedure.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the health care industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, health care information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing approximately 31.000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7,4 billion euro, orders of 7,8 billion euro and group profit of 1,1 billion euro for fiscal 2003. More company news can be found in the VMW September 2004 article Siemens installs first SOMATOM Sensation 64-slice CT system in United States


Leslie Versweyveld

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