International design award for three Siemens diagnostic imaging systems

14 April 2010

Siemens Healthcare has been awarded the international red dot design award for three of its new-to-market imaging systems. The product design accolade was awarded to the Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla and Magnetom Skyra 3 Tesla MRI systems plus the Somatom Definition Flash CT.

A total of 4,252 products were submitted from designers and manufacturers in 57 countries. The judging panel, consisting of 30 design experts from all over the world, based their decision on criteria such as innovation level, functionality and ecological compatibility.

The 70cm Open Bore design of both MRI systems accommodates a large variety of patient sizes, shapes and conditions. This is complemented by a friendly and open appearance, which helps to reduce sedation rates and minimises stress for claustrophobic patients. Furthermore, the systems’ super-short magnets enable many studies to be completed with the patient’s head outside the bore while still supporting a full 50cm Field of View (FoV) (45 cm in z-direction). Both MRIs also feature an illuminated MoodLight on the front panel, which can be altered according to the user’s preference.

A Siemens Magetom Skyra
Happy people with a Siemens Magnetom Skyra!

“The winning products distinguish themselves from the masses through their excellent design and innovative approach. They demonstrated their quality in one of the toughest design competitions in the world,” said design expert Professor Peter Zec, who created the red dot design award.

“Both the Aera and Skyra incorporate advanced technology with innovative design, created with patient comfort and ease-of-use in mind,” said Jane Kilkenny, MR Product Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “We are delighted to receive this international affirmation of our product design as the systems are officially launched in the UK.”

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