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Siemens unveils full-field direct digital mammography solution

Siemens Healthcare UK : 15 April, 2008  (New Product)
Siemens has unveiled the first Full-Field Direct Digital Mammography system developed to combine speed, superior image quality and examination comfort.
The new system is designed to meet the needs of the patient, the user and clinician. New compression technologies, paddle design and mood lighting offer the latest in patient comfort; the isocentric rotation of the X-ray tube and examination functionality have been enhanced to offer easy and fast workflow to improve patient throughput and image resolution of the whole breast is advanced for detailed diagnosis.

The Mammomat Inspiration is also a future proof solution for stereotactic biopsy and to provide 3D imaging using tomosynthesis. A simple upgrade will ensure seamless transition so that the system can offer screening, diagnosis and tomosynthesis on a single digital platform.

Offering 27s between exposure times and 18s between exposure and display of high resolution digital images, the Mammomat Inspiration can examine more than 15 patients per hour. This is beneficial for high throughput screening environments that demand speed. Furthermore, a special X-ray tube with a tungsten anode and new AEC algorithms, which individually compute the dose according to the size of the breast and the type of tissue, ensure the lowest possible dose.

“The Inspiration has been inspired directly from the feedback of the people that use mammography systems on a daily basis,” said Andrew Pattison, director of diagnostic Ultrasound and women’s health at Siemens. “Every stage of the development process incorporates the views and experiences of mammographers to ensure that our technical offering is ready to embrace the clinical and market challenges.”

Barbara Eckersley, superintendent radiographer at the Nightingale Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital was a UK member of the Siemens Inspiration product design focus group held in Germany. She stated, “It was a fantastic experience to be part of an international feedback group providing views on the ergonomic development of a new mammography system. Many of our ideas on the mammography gantry, user interface, buttons and lighting were absorbed into the development and will assist with eliminating operator stresses and enhance the patient examination experience.”

The imaging functionality, compact size and open design of the system is complemented by a unique MoodLight feature that emits soothing colours into the patient examination area. Colour tones can be personally selected by the user to change throughout the screening process to promote relaxation.

The Mammomat Inspiration operates alongside a slender syngo-based Acquisition Workstation. This can be customised to the user’s desired height and offers an easy-to-use interface.

The workstation’s intuitive interface streamlines workflow to drive patient throughput and simplify the examination process. After one exam is complete, the system will automatically open the scheduler in order to select the next patient. A one-click-to-image function ensures images are gathered quickly, also facilitating improved workflow.

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