New Fluoroscopy System Luminos Agile from Siemens

SiemensLuminos Agile is Siemens' first under-table X-ray system with a flexible height-adjustable table. Patients with mobility issues will now find it easier to mount the table, while staff will be able to perform procedures on patients during fluoroscopy more conveniently than ever before. A dynamic flat detector allows for wider coverage of anatomical regions so that, for example, the entire abdomen can be captured in a single image. Luminos Agile supports both fluoroscopic and radiographic applications, making the system extremely versatile.

The new Luminos Agile fluoroscopy system is designed to improve patient experience and increase operating convenience for staff. Luminos Agile is an "under-table" system, where the x-ray tubes are located under the table and all the examination parameters can be set directly on the system - as opposed to over-table systems, which are mainly controlled from an operator console outside the examination room.

Luminos Agile's examination table can be lowered to 65 centimeters - hardly taller than an average chair - making it much easier for elderly patients, patients with mobility issues, and children to mount the table. It can then be raised to a maximum of 112 centimeters, a comfortable height for physicians to perform procedures on patients during fluoroscopy. No other system currently on the market offers this flexibility of table height. The table also has a 275-kilo capacity and a wide 60-centimeter opening between the table and the detector, making it easier to examine obese and immobile patients. Patients in wheelchairs can even undergo fluoroscopy exams while still seated in their wheelchairs: the table is simply tilted 90 degrees and the wheelchair can be positioned between detector and table.

Luminos Agile's 43 x 43-centimeter dynamic flat detector provides an image that is up to 116 percent larger than that of a conventional 33-cm image intensifier, enabling a wider coverage of anatomical regions. For example, physicians can examine the entire abdominal region without repositioning the patient or changing the field of view - thus reducing overall fluoroscopy time and radiation dose. In addition, Luminos Agile can implement applications from the Siemens CARE (Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure) dose reduction program, which can help staff decrease radiation exposure without compromising image quality.

Luminos Agile can be combined with the Ysio digital radiography solution to obtain a comprehensive fluoroscopy/radiography system. With the optional installation of a wireless detector, ceiling-mounted X-ray tube with interactive user interface, and Bucky wall stand, the fluoroscopy room can double as a digital radiography room.

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The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest healthcare solution providers and a leading manufacturer and service provider in the fields of medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, hospital information technology and hearing instruments. It offers solutions covering the entire supply chain under one roof - from prevention and early detection to diagnosis and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows oriented toward the most important clinical pictures, Siemens also strives to make healthcare faster, better and, at the same time, less expensive. Siemens Healthcare currently has some 48,000 employees worldwide and is present throughout the world. During fiscal 2010 (up to September 30) the Sector posted sales worth 12.4 billion euros and profits of around 750 million euros.

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