Technology | October 14, 2007

SPECT Targets Oncology, Cardiology, Neurology Imaging

Siemens Medical Solutions Molecular Imaging Division's Symbia E series single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) system aims to provide a cost-efficient system to the molecular imaging sector.

The Symbia E is a SPECT imager that leverages Siemens’ gamma camera technology from the e.cam. Siemens has redesigned the e.cam structure to improve the chassis and electronics. The Symbia E reportedly has improved image quality by taking the best detector technology of the Symbia family of SPECT and SPECT/CT imagers. Included in the camera is the new generation HD (high-definition) detector first introduced with the Symbia TruePoint SPECT/CT imager. These detectors reportedly achieved an 85 percent reduction in wiring and a 75 percent reduction in components and were built with Siemens’ own crystal material. Symbia E also imports the clinically validated c.clear attenuation correction, which was developed on the Siemens c.cam dedicated cardiac scanner, so Symbia E users will take advantage of high-end cardiac scanning features.

The Symbia E has imaging tools for oncology, cardiology, neurology and general imaging. The system offers features designed to accelerate the clinical workflow in acquisition, processing and reviewing with syngo workflow solutions such as an integrated physician work list. It reportedly provides imaging in half the time for cardiology and oncology patients when using cardioFlash and oncoFlash reconstruction software packages.

The Symbia E can be used on a wide range of patients from pediatrics to bariatrics and can also be equipped with special positioning pallets for mammography, said the company. In addition, it sports a tilting detector for optimized planar imaging, said Siemens.

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