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Setting new standards in neuroradiology

An angiography system with special functions for neuroradiology, the recently introduced Artis icono biplane from Siemens Healthineers, features significantly enhanced 2D and 3D imaging procedures, which improves image quality and reduces the radiation dose required. As the C-arm can now perform new movement patterns, areas such as the cranial base and skull cap can now be represented with practically no artifacts in a 3D visualization. The extremely fast and flexible axial movements are the result of new, high- precision industrial drives from Siemens. Interventions are highly efficient thanks to the intelligent system control such as switching seamlessly between 2D and 3D imaging during an intervention, thus making intra-procedural progress checks much easier.

Michael Scheuering, Head of Interventional Radiology at Siemens Healthineer, said “Improving the visualization of bleeding that occur anywhere in the cranial area can make it possible to skip prior conventional imaging for certain patients with a suspected stroke – which means that these patients can be taken directly to the angio lab for diagnosis and treatment, shortening the lead time before the vascular occlusion is removed. .

A number of studies now show that treatment in the form of thrombectomy can be extended to a broader range of patients than previously assumed. This lets neurointerventionalists treat ischemic stroke patients who were previously not eligible for this highly effective treatment. Artis icono was developed to help physicians in stroke centers deal with the challenge of treating more patients faster and with greater accuracy.

Syngo DynaCT Multiphase was developed to provide time-resolved DynaCT volumes to identify areas of the brain suffering a reduced blood flow or experiencing a delay in the flow of contrast agent. Volumes acquired at eight different time points during a 50-second period help to assess the status of the collateral vessels in order to determine the most appropriate treatment.

Artis icono biplane is a member of the Artis icono product family, which comprises novel angiography systems to permit both multidisciplinary and specialized use. Whereas Artis icono biplane can be used for neuroradiological, cardiovascular, and abdominal interventions, Artis icono floor, a floor-mounted single-plane system, is used in vascular and interventional oncology procedures.

Until now, healthcare institutions have invested in fixed-configuration systems tailored to particular clinical specialties. The new Artis icono systems adapt flexibly to the differing needs of interventional radiology, neuroradiology, cardiology, and vascular surgery. For example, the lateral plane of the Artis icono biplane can be switched from a radiological to a cardiological configuration and vice versa in just seconds, using the Lateral Plane Switch. The expanded flexibility of the floor stand and lateral plane makes Artis icono highly versatile to enable operators to get the most out of their system. This is a relevant operational advantage in light of today’s increasing consolidation and cost pressures.

In addition to the multidisciplinary approach, connectivity and digitalization of interventional labs are becoming increasingly important. With the Third Party Broker system, Artis icono provides a uniform interface to enable system parameters to be readily shared with devices from other manufacturers.


Siemens Healthineers

Erlangen, Germany