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At RSNA ’12, Siemens Offers Imaging Innovations to Visualize Answers to Disease



  At RSNA ’12, Siemens Offers Imaging Innovations to Visualize Answers to
  Disease

Ultrasound, angiography among Siemens’ new systems offerings

RSNA 2012

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- November 25, 2012

At the 98^th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological
Society of North America (RSNA), from November 25 to 30 in Chicago, Siemens
Healthcare (Booth #831, East Building/Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, Hall
D) will provide imaging innovations to help the medical community visualize
answers to life-threatening diseases – in ways that invite new clinical
possibilities for detection, more accurate diagnosis, and more targeted
therapy. These innovations demonstrate Siemens’ innovation and competitiveness
– two components of the Healthcare Sector’s Agenda 2013 global initiative.

“At this year’s RSNA, Siemens will offer technologies and solutions that help
our customers transition to next-generation healthcare by improving diagnostic
and treatment accuracy as well as elevating the efficiency of care for the
world’s most threatening diseases,” said Hermann Requardt, CEO, Siemens
Healthcare. “Siemens also will demonstrate how our high-quality, economical
systems and information technology can help improve patient and staff access
to imaging. Additionally, we will illustrate how our latest imaging systems
can help customers increase their efficiency and efficacy in their daily
clinical routine. This is what Siemens has always provided: answers,
visualized.”

At RSNA 2012, Siemens will showcase the following technologies:

Angiography

In angiography, Siemens is presenting the unique new imaging application
syngo^® DynaPBV Body, which introduces 3D functional information for body
imaging directly in the interventional lab. syngo DynaPBV Body provides
color-coded, cross-sectional blood volume maps, e.g. for tumors. The
application can help physicians select patient-specific treatment options such
as chemoembolization or radioembolization as well as help physicians monitor
treatment and determine the end point of therapy during an interventional
procedure. syngo DynaPBV Body follows Siemens’ first application for
functional imaging during interventional procedures – syngo DynaPBV Neuro,
released in 2009. syngo DynaPBV Body differs from the neuro application in its
ability to compensate for motion in the region of interest.

Computed Tomography

Siemens will again underscore its position as a leader in computed tomography
(CT) radiation reduction, demonstrating how facilities can reduce overall
radiation exposure. The KLAS “CT 2011: Focused on Dose” report established
that customers regard Siemens as “industry’s low-dose leader.” One recent
example of Siemens’ preeminence in CT dose reduction is its SAFIRE^¹ (Sinogram
Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction) alogrithm, which, with a reconstruction
speed of up to 20 images per second, can be used in daily clinical routine to
help users reduce patient dose by up to 60% compared to previous filtered back
projection techniques.

This year saw the first U.S. installations of Siemens’ latest CT systems,
which debuted at RSNA 2011: the SOMATOM^® Definition Edge and the SOMATOM
Perspective. The SOMATOM Definition Edge single-source CT solution offers high
image quality, dose reduction and dual energy acquisition in clinical
settings, including the emergency department (ER). The SOMATOM Definition Edge
features the unique Stellar detector, which for the first time fully
integrates the detector’s miniaturized electronics within the photodiode. The
SOMATOM Perspective is designed to enable budget-conscious community
hospitals, critical access hospitals, and outpatient centers to extend the
range of available examinations to their communities at reduced radiation
dose. With Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies (FAST) such as FAST Planning
and FAST Cardio Wizard to help simplify and automate time-consuming
procedures, the 128-slice SOMATOM Perspective features a slim gantry design
and a footprint of 194 square feet. At this year’s RSNA, Siemens will unveil a
64-slice version of the SOMATOM Perspective.

Magnetic Resonance

Siemens MR scanners MAGNETOM^® Aera 1.5 Tesla and MAGNETOM Skyra 3 Tesla are
now available with syngo MR D13 – the latest MR software platform. The 2009
introduction of the MAGNETOM Aera and Skyra introduced two key MR
technologies: Tim (Total imaging matrix) integrated coil technology in the 4th
generation – Tim 4G – and Dot (Day optimizing throughput), which includes a
customizable suite of engines that enable high consistency, productivity, and
greater ease of use. The new syngo MR D13 software platform offers unique
functionalities for image acquisition as well as new Dot engines for breast,
spine, and large joint examinations. Imaging-related highlights include syngo
WARP, allowing for imaging of patients with MR-conditional metal implants, and
syngo RESOLVE high-resolution diffusion-weighted imaging. The new technique
syngo CAIPIRIHINA has the potential to half the time of liver examinations.
Syngo MR D13 is also available for Siemens’ MAGNETOM Avanto 1.5T and MAGNETOM
Verio 3T systems – for new systems as well as for field upgrades.

Siemens continues to enable access to leading and innovative MR technologies
with the attractive total cost of ownership of its MAGNETOM Spectra 3T and
MAGNETOM Essenza 1.5T systems. Facilitating access to 3T technology for
hospitals and radiological institutes, the MAGNETOM Spectra is characterized
by excellent image quality, fast scan times, and easy operation. With more
than 1,000 customers, MAGNETOM Essenza features Tim, which allows for high
accuracy, flexibility, and speed, facilitating more reliable workflow in MR
imaging. Tailored to user workflow, MAGNETOM Essenza can help physicians treat
up to 60 patients per day.

Molecular Imaging

The Molecular Imaging business unit of Siemens Healthcare offers the world’s
first comprehensive imaging solution for the visualization and quantification
of amyloid plaques – a necessary pathology of Alzheimer’s disease – in the
living brain. This comprehensive imaging solution includes the new Biograph™
mCT positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET•CT) scanner (with
the industry’s highest volumetric resolution^² of 87 mm^³ that enables
physicians to more accurately differentiate brain matter), the syngo^®.PET
Amyloid Plaque software^³ – which enables the physician to evaluate amyloid
plaque density in the living brain – and the radiopharmaceutical production
and distribution expertise of PETNET Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Siemens. This unique combination of scanner, software, and PET
radiopharmaceutical expertise provides U.S. physicians with a valuable tool
for the evaluation of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurologic conditions.

Siemens also will highlight the Symbia^™ family of scalable single-photon
emission CT (SPECT)•CT solutions, including its unique IQ•SPECT technology^⁴,
which enables myocardial perfusion imaging using half the dose at double the
speed. Additionally, Siemens will showcase the new iPad application for
Symbia.net, which allows access to full processing and reading capabilities
anywhere.

Radiation Oncology

The strategic global partnership between Siemens Healthcare and Varian Medical
Systems, which took effect October 26 in North America following an
international rollout earlier this year, provides advanced diagnostic and
therapeutic solutions and services for treating cancer with image-guided
radiotherapy and radiosurgery. The Siemens/Varian collaboration covers the
mutual marketing and representation of products for imaging and treatment in
the global radiation oncology business. Varian will represent Siemens
diagnostic imaging products such as CT, PET•CT, and MRI to radiation oncology
clinics in North America and in most international markets. Similarly, Siemens
will represent Varian equipment and software for radiotherapy and radiosurgery
within its offerings to its healthcare customers. This collaboration includes
the development of software interfaces between Siemens and Varian treatment
systems, including an interface that will enable Varian’s ARIA^® oncology
information system software to support Siemens accelerators and imaging
systems. Additionally, the two companies will investigate opportunities for
joint development of new products for image-guided radiotherapy and
radiosurgery.

Radiography and Surgery

In X-ray, Siemens is showcasing the Mobilett Mira, the company’s first mobile
digital X-ray system that has both a wireless and a wired detector that
transmits image data via W-LAN to an integrated imaging system, facilitating
examinations of critically ill patients with limited mobility. One of the
smallest mobile X-ray systems available and possessing a resolution exceeding
7 million pixels, the Mobilett Mira features a detector that delivers image
quality comparable to high-resolution stationary systems and works with very
short exposure times beyond one millisecond. Furthermore, its mobile X-ray
swivel arm system not only moves vertically but also rotates up to 90 degrees.

Luminos Agile is the first patient-side controlled system with a dynamic flat
detector, height-adjustable table and true dual-use capability for fluoroscopy
and radiography. Luminos Agile’s 17 x 17 inch dynamic flat detector yields an
image that is up to 116 percent larger and allows for better patient coverage
than a 13-inch image intensifier, enabling users to view objects without
repositioning the patient or changing the field of view, and reducing overall
fluoroscopy time and dose.

Ultrasound

The ACUSON X700^™ ultrasound system offers exceptional image quality, robust
technologies and intelligent workflow solutions at an excellent
price/performance ratio. Many advanced imaging technologies that were
previously available only on premium systems are now standard on the ACUSON
X700 system. Dynamic TCE^™ tissue contrast enhancement technology enhances
borders and reduces speckle/noise to improve subtle tissue differentiation.
Advanced SieClear™ spatial compounding enhances anatomic border definition and
improves tissue contrast. Siemens has migrated its patented MicroPinless (MP)
transducer connectors from its premium platforms to the ACUSON X700 system. MP
connectors offer the highest signal fidelity and improve the signal-to-noise
ratio to enhance signal quality. The transducers are compatible with Siemens’
ACUSON S Family^™, ACUSON X Family^™, and ACUSON Sequoia^™ ultrasound systems
to increase flexibility and investment value. The ACUSON X700 system also
features a new, single-solution, 50-millimeter aperture linear array
transducer for both superficial and deep imaging. The proprietary Hanafy lens
transducer technology provides continuous focusing and image uniformity while
delivering superb contrast and detail resolution. Technologies like 3-Scape^™
real-time 3D imaging and Advanced fourSight^™ technology support the 3D/4D
imaging required for abdominal, fetal and gynecological examinations. Advanced
cardiac imaging applications such as intracardiac echocardiography imaging
(ICE) support procedure visualization and device placement monitoring.

Integrating high-performance hardware and software, the compact ACUSON P300^™
ultrasound system is designed to provide high performance and reliability for
a wide variety of clinical settings ranging from general to cardiovascular and
from obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) to specialty imaging, including
breasts and small parts. To support routine as well as specialty application
needs, the ACUSON P300 system features advanced image optimization
technologies such as speckle reduction and spatial compounding, which optimize
imaging data to improve diagnostic confidence and enable efficient clinical
workflow. The ACUSON P300 system comes with 13 multi-frequency transducers
that feature a frequency range of up to 18 MHz, allowing a selection of
several different frequencies to meet different scan depth requirements
without the need to change transducers.

^¹ In clinical practice, the use of SAFIRE may reduce CT patient dose
depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location, and
clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be
made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for
the particular clinical task. The following test method was used to determine
a 54 to 60% dose reduction when using the SAFIRE reconstruction software.
Noise, CT numbers, homogeneity, low-contrast resolution and high contrast
resolution were assessed in a Gammex 438 phantom. Low dose data reconstructed
with SAFIRE showed the same image quality compared to full dose data based on
this test. Data on file.

^²Based on competitive information available at time of publication. Data on
file.

^³ syngo.PET Amyloid Plaque is intended for use only with approved amyloid
radiopharmaceuticals in the country of use. Users should review the drug
labeling for approved uses.

^⁴The Symbia.net iPad app is intended for non-diagnostic imaging only.

Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, Agenda 2013 is
a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector's
innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in
four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and
People Development.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the
healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory
diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers
its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from
a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to
treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common
diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more
cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and
operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector
posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For
further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.

Contact:

Media Relations:
Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
Healthcare Sector
Jeff Bell, 610-448-1477
E-mail: jeffrey.t.bell@siemens.com
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