The new Somatom Scope CT system from Siemens is a 16-slice CT scanner designed for the entry-level segment of the marjet and offers remarkably efficient operating costs over the entire operational lifetime – up to 35% lower than with the previous model. The new CT scanner is available in two configurations: the particularly cost-effective Somatom Scope and the higher-performance Somatom Scope Power. Both models include the eCockpit technology package, which makes the systems easier to use and extends their operational lifetime.
Several factors are responsible for the noticeable reduction in overall operating costs, beginning with the very low space requirement of just eight square meters and the light weight of the new CT scanner. This means that it can be installed in almost any room with little inconvenience. Energy consumption also plays an important role throughout the entire lifespan. Several energy-saving functions not only reduce the energy required by both Somatom Scope configurations, but also save on air conditioning due to low heat emissions. Energy savings of up to 65% can be made compared with the previous generation. The eCockpit technology package helps to further reduce energy costs through its eSleep function, which puts the gantry in sleep mode if it is not used for an extended period.
In addition to eSleep, other innovative technologies, namely eMode and eStart of the eCockpit have been incorporated to the entry-level market for routine scanners. eMode automatically selects the optimum scan parameters to reduce wear and tear on the scanner hardware, thus making the device more efficient and reducing maintenance costs and device downtimes while maintaining the correct balance between radiation dose and image quality. In addition, eStart enables extension of lifespan of the X-ray tube – one of the most expensive CT components – by a dedicated warm-up procedure before the first scan after longer periods in stand-by to protect the tube material.