News | March 18, 2008

Robotic Imaging Improves Chemoembolization Procedures

March 17, 2008 - New research released at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s (SIR) Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, holds promise of a new interventional imaging capability, using robotics provided by Siemens Medical Solutions to improve the value of chemoembolization in treating cancer.

The research, presented by John Angle, M.D., associate professor of radiology, chief, Division of Angiography, University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, at the “Advanced Imaging Symposium,” revealed clinical results from his case study using the Siemens Artis zeego, a multi-axis C-arm that employs robotic technology to enable large-volume syngo DynaCT acquisition for liver chemoembolization.

The Artis zeego is part of the new Artis zee family of interventional imaging systems.

According to Dr. Angle, the combination of the Artis zeego and large-volume syngo DynaCT enables the physician to see the whole abdomen or the entire liver for chemoembolization and biopsies, and provides reliable post-TACE assessment of lipidol uptake.

“The Artis zeego's support for expanded syngo DynaCT anatomical coverage enables the entire liver to be imaged without moving the patient,” Dr. Angle said. “We have found the system to be reliable, stable and very easy to use. We plan on expanding the scope of cases for which we use the Artis zeego.”

The Artis zeego, which recently received FDA 510(k) clearance, reportedly offers versatility, enhanced image quality and streamlined workflow across an array of clinical environments, from body and neurointerventional radiology suites to operating rooms and hybrid rooms. Additionally, Frost & Sullivan recently selected the Artis zeego as winner of the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award at their Excellence in Medical Technologies Awards banquet.

The first two facilities in North America to receive the Artis zeego for research are St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston and the University of Virginia Health System.

For more information: www.usa.siemens.com/medical

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