Siemens Uroskop images entire urinary tract with single exposure

22 April 2010

Siemens Healthcare has launched UROSKOP Omnia, its new multifunctional workstation for urology. The new dynamic flat detector technology of UROSKOP Omnia enables the urologist to cover the entire urinary tract (kidney, ureter, bladder) with only one single exposure of exceptional image quality.

With its curved X-ray column, UROSKOP Omnia offers full patient access from all table sides. The integrated HD VideoManager provides various interfaces, eg HD endoscopy or ultrasound equipment can be connected easily to display images side-by-side with X-ray or fluoroscopy exposures.

The new system extends the company’s portfolio to the high-end market for X-ray based urology tables. The system allows a variety of clinical applications such as transurethral and percutaneous urological interventions, urologic diagnostics as well as gastroenterological cases and general radiographic applications.

A flat detector size of 43 x 43 cm2 (17 x 17 inch), it is no longer necessary to acquire and read two images to cover the complete kidney, ureter and bladder (KUB) region. The large field of view provides for a full KUB image with just one single exposure.

Compared to standard image intensifier systems, this means reduced examination time and less dose for the patient. Additionally, the system resolution of more than 2800 x 2800 pixels exceeds that of standard image intensifier systems. The high-resolution images enable the physician to zoom in without loss in quality to detect finest details, resulting in increased diagnostic confidence.

The Uroskop Omnia also provides for digital RAD images, eliminating the cost for cassettes. The intelligent system design is another considerable advantage of UROSKOP Omnia. The curved X-ray column offers free patient access from all four sides — a feature unique in the marketplace.

Independent of the type of examination, the urologist does not have to reposition his patient, and the anesthesiologist remains in place as well. This is very helpful, for example, in cases of lateral percutaneous interventions where it increases safety and saves costs for room equipment and infrastructure because there is no need for a mobile anesthesia workplace. The curved X-ray column also facilitates effortless patient positioning by the X-ray technician. In addition, the intelligent system design lowers the table farther for easier and ergonomic patient transfer.

The HD VideoManager provides various interfaces and features to facilitate working with the system. The physician can connect his HD (High Definition) endoscopy or ultrasound device or a PACS viewer to display images side-by-side with X-ray or fluoroscopy exposures.

The VideoManager offers additional output for extra monitors, for example, to additional ceiling boom mounted monitors. Displaying the same images as the system monitor, additional monitors
can be used for teaching or presentation purposes. HD endoscopy and ultrasound images can be stored together with X-ray images in one patient file as DICOM images with HD EndoStore. It takes only one click to send all images as a bundled package to the PACS.

UROSKOP Omnia offers an optional, colorful MoodLight element based on LED technology. Creating a relaxing atmosphere, it helps to calm and soothe patients. The customer has a choice of individual colors or smooth color transitions.

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