Technology | Angiography | September 17, 2019

FDA Clears Artis Icono Family of Angiography Systems from Siemens Healthineers

Product family includes biplane and floor single-plane angiography systems designed to improve interventional lab utilization and interdisciplinary usage

The Artis icono biplane angiography system is designed for use in neurointerventions and interventional radiology

The Artis icono biplane angiography system is designed for use in neurointerventions and interventional radiology. Image courtesy of Siemens Healthineers.

The Artis icono floor angiography system is a flexible, multi-axis option for a wide range of disciplines, particularly vascular, interventional cardiology, surgical and interventional oncology

The Artis icono floor angiography system is a flexible, multi-axis option for a wide range of disciplines, particularly vascular, interventional cardiology, surgical and interventional oncology. Image courtesy of Siemens Healthineers.

September 17, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Artis icono, a high-precision family of angiography systems from Siemens Healthineers that permit a wide range of minimally invasive procedures to be performed in a single interventional suite. The Artis icono biplane system is engineered for optimal utilization in neuroradiology and abdominal imaging, while the Artis icono floor is a floor-mounted, single-plane system for vascular, interventional cardiology, surgical and oncology procedures. Both systems in the Artis icono family expand the reach of precision medicine.

At its core, the Artis icono platform delivers the new OPTIQ image chain, which redesigns image processing for 2-D imaging, according to Siemens. OPTIQ increases image quality across a wide range of C-arm angles and patient weights, regulating acquisition parameters to automatically achieve optimal image contrast at patient radiation doses that conform to the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) guiding principal for radiation safety. The platform also improves the Siemens Healthineers roadmap function, which creates subtracted angiography images for easier navigation of the patient’s vascular system during subsequent fluoroscopy, allowing dose reduction during the fluoro mode.

Additionally, the Artis icono platform significantly enhances ease of use through Case Flows, which provide personalized workflow plans to optimize imaging parameters and system positions, in addition to displaying layouts for the entire procedure. Case Flows adapt to user needs, providing flexibility when executing certain sequences. Users can therefore standardize procedures across multiple Artis icono labs for improved outcomes and more consistent documentation.


Artis icono biplane

The Artis icono biplane system is engineered for utilization in neurointerventions and interventional radiology, with significantly enhanced 2-D and 3-D imaging as well as improved visualization of difficult-to-delineate structures. 

Recent studies have expanded the window for endovascular stroke therapy from 6 to 24 hours, offering the option of treating more ischemic stroke patients. Stroke treatment and other neuro procedures benefit from new features on the Artis icono biplane. syngo DynaCT Sine Spin, a form of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) provides images with fewer CBCT artifacts in the basal part of the brain and close to the skull. syngo DynaCT Multiphase produces time-resolved cone beam CT volumes, depicting 10 different time points within 60 seconds without moving the patient to a CT system.

Additionally, syngo DynaCT High Speed can substantially shorten low-contrast 3-D imaging from 20 seconds to eight, delivering CT-like images that are less susceptible to movement artifacts. The Twin Spin feature enables clinicians to seamlessly switch between 2-D biplanar imaging and 3-D imaging, accelerating workflow and simplifying 3-D imaging for intraprocedural progress checks.

The Artis icono biplane also provides rapid flexibility for multidisciplinary lab use. With the Lateral Plane Switch, the user can shift the detector’s position from the patient’s right side (for interventional radiology procedures) to the left side (for cardiovascular procedures) in under 90 seconds.


Artis icono floor

The Artis icono floor is a flexible, multi-axis floor system created for a wide range of disciplines, particularly vascular, interventional cardiology, surgical, and interventional oncology. With ceiling-like flexibility and a footprint of just 269 sq. ft., it provides coverage of patients up to 6 ft. 8 inches without repositioning, as well as lateral coverage of 6.23 ft., which is ideal for radial access, according to Siemens Healthineers. With its additional axis, the Artis icono floor can achieve virtually the same angles as a ceiling-mounted system and free space for anesthesia carts, echocardiography systems and patient monitors without the cost of a ceiling-mounted unit.

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