Siemens debuts new CT family at ECR

Siemens Healthcare of Malvern, PA, has introduced a new entry-level line of CT scanners at the annual European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, Austria.

Somatom Emotion Excel Edition is based on the Somatom Emotion 16-row CT scanner. Its low energy consumption and low heat dissipation are designed to reduce the costs for the power supply and air conditioning over the life of the system.

Somatom Definition AS Excel Edition is based on Siemen's 64-slice Somatom Definition AS scanner. It features a 0.33-sec rotation time, 0.33-mm isotropic resolution, a scan range of up to 200 cm, a 78-cm gantry opening, and a table with a load capacity of up to 300 kg (660 lb). It also features an adaptive dose shield to block unnecessary radiation.

Both new CT scanners are equipped with Siemens' Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE) functions, including CARE Dose4D software for automatic dose modulation.

The units will be available for delivery worldwide in May.

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