Siemens Healthineers debuts beside scanner at RSNA

Dec. 2, 2019

Siemens Healthineers debuts the SOMATOM, a mobile head computed tomography (CT) scanner at the 105th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Dec. 1-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

With the SOMATOM, the radiologic technologist can perform a CT head examination directly at the patient's bedside, potentially eliminating costly patient transports with high staffing requirements and potential risk to the patient. In this way, the SOMATOM transforms care delivery and improves the patient and staff experience.

"The SOMATOM is a fundamentally new approach for CT head scans of intensive care patients,” says Philipp Fischer, Head of Computed Tomography, Siemens Healthineers. “It offers a combination of mobility, ease of use, and the image quality customers have come to expect from SOMATOM CT scanners. At the same time, it allows healthcare providers to use their staff and their permanently installed CT fleet even more effectively.”

In the patient's room, the technologist removes the headboard from the bed while the patient remains in bed, connected to monitors and devices. An integrated shoulder board and head holder offer patient support and consistent positioning in the scanner at isocenter. The system’s new intelligent user interface, myExam Companion, helps the technologist navigate through the examination for consistent results, regardless of experience level. Following image acquisition, the technologist slides the patient down in the bed from the headboard, and the CT scan is sent automatically to the picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

The SOMATOM CT system is pending 510(k) clearance and is not yet commercially available in the U.S.

Siemens Healthineers has the release.