Siemens Medical wins $40-million deal with South Carolina University

15 November 2006

Charleston, USA. Siemens Medical Solutions and The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have entered into a five-year, $40-million strategic alliance that will bring leading-edge diagnostic imaging technologies to MUSC's departments of radiology and cardiology.

The agreement will include introducing the latest technology in MUSC's Heart & Vascular Center, which brings together advanced cardiology and interventional radiology services in the same facility. Medical staff and patients at MUSC will have access to Siemens systems in areas including angiography, digital radiography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET).

As part of the alliance, MUSC and Siemens will collaborate on research and development activities. Researchers will employ breakthrough technologies while MUSC's clinical experts help advance applications of diagnostic imaging. Siemens also will work closely with MUSC's clinical care teams to streamline healthcare workflow processes, anticipate clinical and patient needs within the communities it serves, and incorporate emerging technologies to support MUSC's vision for advanced patient care.

"MUSC has world renowned cardiologists and radiologists. With this Seimens agreement we now have the best equipment to go with the best doctors, which makes us unique," said Michael Gold, M.D., director of MUSC's Heart and Vascular Center.

"The collaboration has allowed us earlier access to advance medical technology, whether hardware or software," said Philip Costello, M.D., chair of MUSC's Department of Radiology. "We are able to apply this technology in patient care ahead of other leading institutions in the United States."

"This is a significant step in MUSC's quest to become a fully digital hospital thus vastly improving efficiency, quality, and safety in the care delivery process," said Frank Clark, MUSC CIO and vice president of information technology.

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