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Siemens Offers Exclusive First Look at How Dual Source CT is Turning Dual Energy into Clinical Routine at the Stanford Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT


Siemens Medical Solutions ( ) Computed Tomography (CT) division recently demonstrated the latest clinical results of syngo(R) Dual Energy, proving that Dual Energy has transcended into daily practice.

Siemens Medical Solutions hosted a forum last night, where CT thought leaders from the United States and Europe addressed the impact Dual Energy is having on patient care. These experts also discussed the future of Dual Energy imaging.

“The SOMATOM(R) Definition is delivering on its claims in cardiac imaging and general radiology. We are excited at the incredible clinical capabilities of syngo Dual Energy, as it takes CT into a realm we haven’t seen to date,” said Andre Hartung, vice president of CT marketing and sales, Siemens Medical Solutions. “Dual Energy is the next major advancement in CT, and these world-renowned experts have demonstrated that is helping them achieve their clinical goals, leading to better patient management and faster, more reliable answers.”

Six applications are already available for daily use. These include accurate subtraction of bone in CTAs with the corresponding differentiation between hard plaques and contrast agents, iodine removal from liver scans generating a virtual unenhanced image, display of lung perfusion defects, better visualization of cartilage, tendons, and ligaments and kidney stone characterization.

Clinicians have always sought to collect as much information as possible to differentiate tissue, and syngo Dual Energy scanning allows the SOMATOM Definition Dual Source CT to visualize the chemical composition of material. The idea of dual energy is not new to the CT community. Earlier approaches, including two subsequent scans at different tube voltages, or two subsequent scans at the same position, failed to seamlessly align the imaged anatomy. The SOMATOM Definition overcomes this limitation by permitting the use of two sources at two different kV levels simultaneously. The result is two spiral data sets acquired in a single scan, providing diverse information, which allows physicians to differentiate, characterize, isolate, and distinguish the imaged tissue and material.


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