Siemens AG Medical Solutions

New member of Symbia product family

The Symbia S by Siemens
Siemens Medical Solutions has introduced the latest member of the Symbia family for True Point SPECT•CT (Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography and Computed Tomography), the gamma camera Symbia S. It is a SPECT-only offering that provides physicians and medical facilities a simple entry to the molecular imaging environment. The flexible, scalable system of Symbia S architecture allows an upgrade to TruePoint SPECT•CT within 24 hours.

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. The gamma camera is equipped with the high-capable digital HD detector technology and the automatically body contouring system, AUTOFORM, that improves the resolution, particularly in regards to whole body scans. In addition, Symbia S offers the option Flash 3D technology – Siemens exclusive 3D reconstruction software – that furthermore enhances image quality, contrast resolutions, and lesion detections.

The user-friendly design of the system features a new type of detector motion and increases patient comfort. Wether the patient is examined ambulatory, in wheelchairs or in stretchers, the physician always has an optimum access to the patient. Faster set-up times not only result in increased workflow but also in higher patient throughput and thus efficiency in molecular imaging.

Symbia S enables the customer to upgrade his SPECT to a high-quality hybrid SPECT•CT imaging system, if it is required for the patient or the facility. The upgrade to TruePoint SPECT•CT allows improved, more specific imaging and reliability to enhance diagnostic confidence through the combination of SPECT functional sensitivity with detailed anatomical information of multislice CT capabilities.

“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.”

Siemens Medical Solutions is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. 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. From imaging systems for diagnosis, to therapy equipment for treatment, to patient monitors to hearing instruments and beyond, Siemens innovations contribute to the health and well-being of people across the globe, while improving operational efficiencies and optimizing workflow in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, and doctors' offices. Employing approximately 33.000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7.6 billion EUR, orders of 8.6 billion EUR and group profit of 1 billion EUR for fiscal 2005 (preliminary figures). Further information can be found under: www.siemens.com/medical .