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University Clinic in Munich is first in world to install Siemens Artis zeego angiography system

Siemens Healthcare Deutschland : 28 January, 2008  (New Product)
The University Clinic in Munich is to be the first hospital worldwide to use the new Siemens Artis zeego angiography system for patient care.
Artis zeego is the latest addition to Siemens Artis zee interventional radiology and cardiology system family.

The systems are available in biplane, ceiling-mounted, floor-mounted, and multi-functional configurations. In cardiology, Artis zee can also be equipped with the magnetic navigation system from Stereotaxis.

'The use of industrial robot technology in angiography systems is entirely new in medical engineering. This allows the treating physicians for the first time to visualise vessels and diseases from all sides with unprecedented precision. Our system considerably enhances the image quality and facilitates the physician's work during an intervention', said Dr Norbert Gaus, head of angiography, fluoroscopy and radiography systems at Siemens Healthcare.

The combination of a C-arm with a powerful industrial robot provides the treating physician with almost unlimited freedom of movement. The flat detector of this system rotates around the patient at such high velocity and precision that CT-like images are created that acquire more anatomical details than possible ever before with an angiography system.

The diagnostic certainty is increased, particularly during complex interventions such as Selective Internal Radiation Therapy, which spares healthy tissue and shrinks tumours. In addition, the physician can perform complex C-arm movements, for example for peripheral acquisitions of the patient with the patient table in a tilted position, which are not possible with conventional C-arm systems.

Artis zeego supports innovative 3D procedures such as tomograms with syngo DynaCT from Siemens. The new Large Volume syngo DynaCT software enables the physician to visualise large volumes such as the entire abdomen or the liver, for example during chemoembolisation or biopsies. Artis zeego is superior to conventional angiography systems also during neuro interventions because it can provide larger views of the skull, neck and spine.

The angiography system allows the position of the isocenter to be adapted to the height of the relevant physician. This is advantageous for lengthy interventions during which the physician has to wear a heavy lead apron. If the system is not used, it can be stowed in a park postion to require minimal space or the C-arm moved to the ceiling. This feature is useful in multi-purpose rooms, so-called hybrid operating rooms.

The Artis zee family is characterised by enhanced quality of 2D imaging and a full suite of new 3D applications, including syngo iPilot. The application allows faster and more precise Catheter navigation through 3D roadmapping. The syngo iGuide application can be used to move canula procedures from Computed tomography to the Catheter lab. Interventions are facilitated for the physician and new capacities are created at the CT scanner that would otherwise be blocked by lengthy interventions.

Workflows such as the acquisition of soft tissue images are facilitated by intuitive menus. Moreover, all system movements of Artis zee can be easily controlled by ergonomic table-side control modules.

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