Siemens Medical Solutions
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June 20, 2005 09:01 ET

Siemens Introduces Newest Member of Successful Symbia Line; New Symbia S Offers State-of-the-Art SPECT with an Upgradeable Platform

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jun 20, 2005) -

Siemens Medical Solutions expands its successful Symbia™ family of TruePoint SPECT-CT (Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography and Computed Tomography) systems with the introduction of Symbia S at the 2005 Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) Scientific Sessions, held June 18-22 in Toronto. The Symbia S, a SPECT-only offering, provides a simple solution enabling medical facilities an entry to the molecular imaging environment, with the option to upgrade to a range of attenuation correction, anatomical mapping, and CT options at a later date. The system's High-Definition Dynamic Digital Detectors (HD), Flash 3D technology, workflow automation feature, and user-friendly design allow for integration into a variety of clinical settings.

"As molecular imaging progresses, the need to expand SPECT capabilities is becoming more prevalent," said Michael Reitermann, president, Molecular Imaging division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "With Symbia S, we created a system to help facilities not only address their current clinical needs, but to begin preparing for the future. While the new system upholds the high performance standards characteristic of our Symbia SPECT-CT product family, its upgradeable platform opens the door to the most advanced applications available today and expected tomorrow."

Flexible, scalable system architecture allows Siemens to deliver a variety of models within the Symbia family, ranging from systems that offer attenuation correction to premium, multislice CT capabilities. Built on a single, integrated platform, Symbia S can be upgraded smoothly to become Siemens' most advanced hybrid imaging solution, TruePoint™ SPECT-CT. Combining the functional sensitivity of SPECT with the anatomical detail of diagnostic multislice computed tomography (CT), Symbia TruePoint SPECT-CT provides clinicians with greatly improved imaging clarity and diagnostic confidence.

Symbia S serves a broad range of applications, including general nuclear medicine, oncology, cardiology, and neurology studies that provide for a more accurate rapid diagnosis of disease states. Its user-friendly design, which features a new type of detector motion, increases patient comfort and provides easy access for patients, whether ambulatory, in wheelchairs, or on stretchers. In addition, faster set-up times result in increased workflow and higher patient throughput.

Symbia S offers a total integrated solution. While the system's HD technology offers unsurpassed count rate, image quality, and reliability to enhance diagnostic confidence, its AUTOFORM® automatic body contouring system keeps detectors close to the body, providing for high uniformity and precise angulations. In addition, Flash 3D offers three-dimensional collimator beam modeling and iterative reconstruction that dramatically improves image quality, contrast resolution, and lesion detection compared to conventional SPECT reconstruction techniques. The integration of syngo®, Siemens' unique e.soft software platform, into the Symbia operating system provides a common, intuitive user interface and enables easy access to patient data.

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 http://www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.

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