Siemens launches FAST CARE platform for lower dose CT scanning

4 Feb 2011

Siemens Healthcare is launching FAST CARE, a new technology platform for CT scans that will give shorter examination times and lower dose.

 The platform automates many operating procedures, allowing for simpler image acquisition, preparation, reconstruction and diagnosis to also improve CT operator workflow.

It combines two main features: Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies (FAST) to optimise scanning efficiency and Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE) for dose reduction. The solution will be available on SOMATOM Definition AS scanners from March 2011 and on Definition Flash scanners from May 2011. Existing Definition product family CT scanners will also be able to upgrade to the new platform.

“FAST CARE is the first platform to combine reduced dose with optimised functionality for CT. The new technology will help improve workflow efficiency and simplify processes for radiographers,” said Russell Lodge, CT Product Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “With dose reduction features, patients will receive more efficient treatment at the lowest possible dose without affecting imaging quality."

FAST applications include: ‘FAST Planning’ to determine scan and reconstruction areas; ‘FAST Cardio Wizard’ to help clinicians practise in preparation for cardiac examinations; and ‘FAST Scan Assistant’ and ‘FAST Scan Adjust’ to select parameters for the best possible image quality. In a single click, ‘FAST Spine’ makes considerable time savings in spine reconstructions by offering a list of typical scan regions.

CARE applications include: ‘CARE Profile’ featuring an automatic display of dose distribution; ‘CARE Dashboard’ showing which dose reduction functions are active so that they can be further optimised; and ‘CARE Child ’ which allows paediatric examinations at 70kV, significantly reducing dose. Furthermore, the ‘CARE kV’ application suggests an appropriate kV level for the patient and organ plus automatically adjusts other parameters to improve image quality and reduce dose by up to 60%.

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