FDA clears Siemens ARCADIS Avantic mobile C-arm with wide range of clinical applications for use in surgery

Malvern 15 August 2005The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Siemens Medical Solutions 510(k) clearance for the ARCADIS Avantic, a new mobile C-arm system. Siemens' new mobile surgery C-arm is the latest in the ARCADIS family, and is best suited for advanced imaging requirements in trauma and spine surgery, general surgery and urology, orthopaedic surgery and pain management, gastro-enterology, and vascular surgery, representing a capabilities milestone for the technology.

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The ARCADIS Avantic has several advanced features designed to set it apart from other mobile C-arms, such as 20 kW of power - the strongest in the industry, up to 250 mA output, and an industry leading 13 inch image intensifier, which results in a generous field of view. In addition to these cutting-edge specifications, the new design features reduced weight and smaller footprint requirements, both of which are crucial in the operating room (OR). A compact, swivelling operating panel with ergonomically shaped handles as well as colour-coded brake and control elements enable easy system movement and operation.

"The light-weight design and small footprint, combined with high power and large field of view, makes the ARCADIS Avantic a highly efficient mobile C-arm, resulting in higher clinical flexibility and expedient surgical procedures", stated Roby Trierweiler, senior director, Surgery and Urology, Siemens Medical Solutions. "In addition, the wide range of applications enables a multipurpose and shared use of different departments and disciplines in the hospital."

The Avantic offers an easy and intuitive selection of application-specific programmes with Virtual Patient Anatomy (VPA) for optimal image quality and virtually unlimited possibilities for documentation and archiving. The product is based on syngo, Siemens' intuitively operated software platform for different modalities, which aids the staff in effectively simplifying clinical work flows. Multi-modality viewing and image processing, and a selection of up to 200 default examination parameters further help to simplify and streamline the OR work flow. More Siemens news is available in this VMW issue's article Siemens Medical and Xilinx team to deliver breakthrough 3D medical imaging solutions.

The new system is equipped with a digital imaging chain that generates and manages all image data at a resolution of 1024x1024 pixels from acquisition to documentation. Two 18-inch large flat monitors display both images as well as results in Digital Cine Mode (DCM) with up to 250 mA. Film sequences are acquired and stored at speeds of up to 30 frames per second. The ARCADIS Avantic is expected to be ready for delivery in September 2005.

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 7,07 billion euro, orders of 8,12 billion euro and group profit of 1,05 billion euro for fiscal 2004.


Leslie Versweyveld

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