09/09/2005

Siemens AG Medical Solutions

Siemens Cardiac CT Software Isolates the Heart - With a Single Click

Siemens Medical Solutions introduced syngo Circulation*, setting a new benchmark in cardiac evaluation software for computed tomography (CT), at the Congress of the European Society of Cardiology, September 3-6 in Stockholm, Sweden. Syngo Circulation is a dedicated solution for cardiac evaluation, designed to offer fast, robust morphological and functional analysis and reporting in one intuitive software application. It is the first of Siemens’ new generation clinical workflow solutions.

“An accurate but fast diagnosis is crucial in cardiovascular imaging in order to ensure the best quality patient care, reinforcing that workflow must be extremely fast and well organized”, said Bernd Montag, Ph.D., president, CT Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. “With syngo Circulation, clinicians no longer need to load data multiple times in various programs. This provides clinicians with the optimum platform for image evaluation.”

Syngo Circulation was developed in close collaboration with leading cardiac experts. It features a user-friendly workflow that guides the clinician through cardiac evaluation from automated heart segmentation to coronary vessel segmentation and stenosis quantification to fully automated functional analysis and reporting, in under 10 minutes.

A typical workflow begins with fast loading of up to 24 phases, at highest image resolution. With a single click, the heart can be isolated from the rib cage facilitating rapid assessment of the overall cardiac anatomy. Fully automated segmentation and stenosis quantification tools provide for fast, confident evaluation of the coronary vessels and optimized stent planning.

Syngo Circulation also offers tools for full functional analysis including cine display for evaluation of wall motion defects, automated left ventricle segmentation and quantification of ejection fraction, stroke volume, end systolic and diastolic volumes. All qualitative and quantitative results are integrated in a single, customizable report.

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 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.

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