Saving time with Cardiac MRI (CMR)

SIEMENSAt the WCC 2006 in Barcelona, Siemens Medical Solutions presented a new software tool for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) especially developed for application in cardiology. In clinical routine, syngo BEAT makes CMR exams significantly faster and easier – even in patients suffering from arrhythmia. New features for evaluation of morphology, function and flow allow more accurate diagnostics and increase efficiency in workflow.

Performing a comprehensive Cardiac MR (CMR) exam in less than 30 minutes? Siemens' new and intuitive tool for CMR, syngo BEAT, enables beginners as well as advanced users to perform CMR with a few mouse clicks. Myocardial function and morphology, extent of scar tissue and 3D coronary anatomy can be assessed by a simple and quick examination. For most of the indications, the MR exam can be 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 more patients can benefit from CMR imaging.

Syngo BEAT is suitable for visualization of myocardial scars (viability imaging), ischemia detection (stress MRI), differential diagnostics of cardiomyopathies, evaluation of congenital heart disease as well as for ablation planning in electrophysiology. Syngo BEAT also supports 3D acquisition of cardiac function, coronary vessels or complex congenital heart diseases.

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 3T 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. Further information can be found under: http://www.siemens.com/medical

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