Siemens Medical Solutions

June 21, 2005 09:01 ET

Siemens Enhancement Allows for Clearer Images; New c.clear Attenuation Correction Feature Provides Increased Diagnostic Confidence

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jun 21, 2005) -

Siemens Medical Solutions demonstrates its commitment to proven outcomes with enhancements to its award-winning™ dedicated cardiac gamma camera, showcased at the 2005 Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) Scientific Sessions, held June 18-22 in Toronto. Providing clinicians with clearer and more accurate images, the cardiac gamma camera system's new attenuation correction* feature, c.clear, improves diagnostic confidence.

"Correcting for attenuation is one of the biggest obstacles in today's cardiac nuclear medicine exam," said Michael Reitermann, president, Molecular Imaging division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "As each patient has a different size and physical makeup, unwanted objects or artifacts often blur or block vital elements of an image, resulting in decreased diagnostic confidence. With c.clear, the new attenuation correction feature on the system, clinicians can easily remove or erase these unwanted objects without sacrificing image quality or resolution."

Recognized by multiple international design organizations for design excellence and winner of the red dot "Best of the Best" award for pioneering design in the "Life Science" category, the system enhances imaging accuracy and efficiency while delivering a small footprint and improved patient comfort. Its unique reclining chair allows patients to sit back comfortably throughout an entire imaging procedure. c.clear enhances the sensitivity and specificity of myocardial perfusion, and improves quality by correcting images distorted by artifacts such as organs within the body or breast tissue. With clearer images, clinicians can evaluate cardiac images more efficiently and diagnose disease earlier. In addition, the system improves workflow by eliminating the need to re-image patients.

Since its introduction in 2003, the has provided facilities with an imaging solution that is not only effective, but also convenient. The system's reclining chair -- which patients have compared to their recliners at home -- provides easier access for patients with mobility challenges or bariatric conditions and increased comfort for those with arthritis or other painful ailments. In addition,'s compact size can fit into a variety of environments, including both hospital and cardiology offices. The 8-foot by 8-foot footprint fits easily into even the smallest rooms without the need for extensive and costly remodeling, and system installations take just two days. Buyers can also customize the design by selecting the color of the chair -- red, yellow, blue or white.

In addition to improved patient comfort and smaller size, the system incorporates e.soft, Siemens' powerful syngo®-based nuclear medicine software that meets the high-throughput and high quality demands of cardiology practices. This technology contributes to's ease of use and provides fully automated tools from one console using a common DICOM database.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the healthcare industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare 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 EUR, orders of 8.12 billion EUR and group profit of 1.05 billion EUR for fiscal 2004. More information can be obtained by visiting

* Pending 510(k) review. Not yet commercially available.


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