Combining MRI intelligence and therapeutic expertise
Healthcare News | 2012-04-19
Siemens has extended its vision and expertise to create a unique solution: Combining the imaging power of MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5T and MAGNETOM Skyra 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems with therapeutic demands in neurosurgery, neuro- and cardiovascular interventions as well as radiation therapy (RT) planning.
With top-of-the-line MRI technology from Siemens, therapeutic decisions are supported at every step, catering to a new level of confidence. By granting cross-modality access to the planning, guidance, and control of therapeutic procedures, MAGNETOM Combi Suite1 adds value to customers’ practice by utilizing their MRI system for diagnostics and for interventional and planning purposes.
Only one transfer necessary
For neuro- and cardiovascular interventions, the solution combines the MRI system with an Artis® zee system2. The patient can either be transferred between the interventional room and the MRI suite using the Combi Dockable Table1. The same table is used for the MRI scan and the transport, which makes only one transfer from the Artis zee table onto the Combi Dockable Table necessary. Alternatively, a floor-embedded motorized rail solution for connecting the rooms is available. This comprehensive solution provides excellent soft tissue contrast with detailed anatomic and physiologic information, allowing for more precise planning and evaluation of interventions.
For neurosurgery, MAGNETOM Combi Suite Neurosurgery combines the MRI scanner with an operating room (OR) suite for intra-operative imaging. The patient is smoothly transferred from the OR table onto the Combi Dockable Table, enabling precise presurgical planning and intra-surgical information for real-time decision-making. In addition, this solution creates the possibility for postsurgical MR imaging to evaluate physiological and structural changes.
Precise patient positioning for RT planning
In the area of RT, MAGNETOM Combi Suite Radiation Therapy also allows precise positioning and high-quality images. For RT treatment planning, high-quality images from computed tomography (CT) are needed. These can be further enhanced with MR images; however, it is vital that the patient is positioned accurately and reproducibly. The MAGNETOM Combi Suite, with its patient positioning solution from CIVCO, allows the patient to be positioned accurately and reproducibly in the CT or MRI scanner, as well as for treatment on a linear accelerator.
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The product is still under development and not commercially available yet. Its future availability cannot be ensured.
For any combined solution with an Artis zee system, a project specific analysis by Siemens Healthcare is required. The analysis and solution may lead to additional efforts and costs