Siemens launches advanced diagnostic imaging tools for multiple
1 December 2009
Siemens is enabling advanced visualization to become common
practice in the clinical routine with the introduction of its syngo.via
imaging software at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of
North America (RSNA) in Chicago this week.
With syngo.via, Siemens’ new imaging software for multimodality
reading of clinical cases, the company is placing special focus on
reading efficiency through automated case preparation and structured
case navigation across multiple specialties, including cardiology,
oncology, and neurology.
syngo.via uniquely integrates imaging devices and IT, such as Siemens
MRI, CT, and PET-CT scanners and its new Picture Archiving and
Communications System, syngo.plaza. Siemens is demonstrating the
benefits of this integration, which creates a comprehensive solution
based on client-server technology.
“Delivering on market demand for improved image-reading tools in the
clinical setting requires special capabilities that we are in the unique
position to deliver,” explains Bernd Montag, CEO, Imaging and IT
Division, Siemens Healthcare.
“In order to develop syngo.via, Siemens tapped into its in-depth
knowledge of disease-specific reading processes and was able to deliver
a cuttingedge imaging technology that offers the latest clinical
applications for both routine as well as advanced reading. Striving to
profoundly change our customers’ approach to image reading, we want to
help them fully leverage the diagnostic potential of our latest imaging
Because syngo.via enables physicians to effortlessly access and
utilize cutting-edge advanced visualization tools across the clinical
spectrum, it stands as an important technological milestone
towards improving workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence levels.
For instance, Automated Case Preparation in syngo.via automatically
loads images into the appropriate application and sorts them into the
corresponding layout — pre-processed according to the disease-specific
requirements, thereby eliminating the need to manually choose the
application, load data, and select corresponding layouts.
With just one click, physicians can begin viewing and reading images
their way, according to their needs. When calling up a cardiac CT case,
for example, syngo.via selects a suitable cardiac application,
automatically removes the blood pool and ribs, selects an appropriate
cardiac phase, and displays the images in the corresponding layout.
The coronary arteries are displayed in such a way that allows the
physician to immediately begin reading the case. With case preparation
left to syngo.via, physicians have more time to focus on image reading
Case Navigator functionality is yet another way syngo.via supports
structured workflow, by categorizing various workflow steps and aligning
the proper images to each corresponding step.
In an MRI whole-body case, the extensive image series is
automatically structured into layouts and workflow steps — sorted
according to body regions — reducing physician’s need to search and sort
data and enabling advanced reading to begin as soon as the exam
Furthermore, during the reading process, findings and measurements
can be automatically tracked and listed with Findings Navigator, which
allows users to effectively navigate between various findings with just
one click. What’s more, the software automatically integrates the
finding into a tailored and context-specific report, enabling users to
access and share images, findings, and results quickly – on their
Innovative Imaging and IT Integration
Showcasing the company’s distinct advantage as an integrated
healthcare provider, Siemens demonstrates the benefits of offering
innovative integration of imaging systems and image reading software in
one complete solution that is supported by client-server technology.
This type of imaging device and IT integration allows acquired images
to be promptly available within the network. For example, images created
with the newest CT functionalities, such as CT Dual Energy, can be
utilized anywhere within that network. MR Protocol planning, for
instance, can be done remotely and the information needed is transferred
to the scanner automatically.
Since it is crucial that radiologists and cardiologist have access to
advanced reading applications on their existing PACS (Picture Archiving
and Communications System) workstations, syngo.via
has been designed to integrate with existing PACS and Radiology
Information Systems of all major vendors.
What’s more, in conjunction with Siemens’ newest corresponding PACS,
syngo.plaza, images do not need to be additionally sent from the imaging
device since syngo.plaza drives the entire image routing process.
Through no-click integration, images are auto-routed and automatically
available on syngo.via, allowing users fast access to images and the
appropriate syngo.via applications. Combined with a unified
user-interface, this helps ensure a smooth transition between different
applications and helps speed up the reading workflow.
Image results can now even be accessed through web portals so that,
for example, referring physicians can view images and results anywhere,
further demonstrating how syngo.via transforms the entire workflow from
planning to reading, therapy, and result sharing, bringing advanced
reading into the clinical routine.
Complete Product Lifecycle Support
With the Siemens service agreement, the syngo.via core functionality
and clinical applications may be kept up-to-date through ongoing
enhancements. These are easily available and delivered through the
secure remote infrastructure. Furthermore, Siemens provides each
institution with a dedicated contact person which provides up to 24/7
remote support for technical service and application topics at the same
time. By encompassing software maintenance and support, the
service agreement provides transparency of service costs, making Total
Cost of Ownership foreseeable.