Siemens AG Medical Solutions

Saving time with Cardio MR (CMR)

At the spring meeting of the German Association for Cardiology (DGK), Siemens Medical Solutions presented a new software tool for magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) especially developed for application in cardiology. In the clinical routine, syngo BEAT reduces MR examinations of the heart to a few mouse clicks – even for patients suffering from arrhythmia. As a result, syngo BEAT provides for faster and more accurate diagnostics and increases efficiency in cardiology.

Although known for its excellent diagnostic abilities, the use of Cardio MR or CMR is frequently dismissed as too complicated and time-consuming. But with the arrival of syngo BEAT, a few mouse clicks provide simple and quick examinations for diagnosing cardiac function, myocardiac morphology, extent of infarct and 3D coronary anatomy. In close to 80 percent of all cases, examinations are completed in less than 30 minutes.

The prerequisites for these advances are intelligent algorithms that e.g. automatically adjust the acquisition parameters to the heart rate or automatically suppress data acquisition in arrhythmia. This means that CMR can be developed further into considerably simpler examinations for a broad patient cohort.

Syngo BEAT is suitable for the following: Proof of mycardiac scars (vitality diagnostics) clarification of thoractic pain (stress MRT), differential diagnostics of cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease as well as for planning ablations in electrophysiology. Syngo BEAT also supports 3D displays of, for example, cardiac function, coronary vessels or complex congenital cardiac defects.

Tim (Total imaging matrix) technology makes the new syngo MR applications possible. This is a software-based solution that supports faster acquisition of more detailed images. With iPAT (integrated Parallel Acquisition Technique) in all directions, Tim can provide the shortest measurement times without compromising spatial resolution. In addition to Magnetom Avanto, both the Tim technology and syngo MR applications are now available for 3 Tesla Magnetom Trio systems as well as the shortest 1.5 Tesla system in the world, the Magnetom Espree with its very wide aperture of 70 cm.

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.
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