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Siemens Healthineers Introduces Cios Flow Mobile C-arm System and More

During the virtual 106th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, Siemens Healthineers introduces the Cios Flow[1], a mobile C-arm designed to increase the ease and efficiency of everyday imaging workflows for surgical interventions. The Cios Flow can be used by multiple medical disciplines in the operating room (OR), including orthopedics, trauma surgery, spinal surgery, vascular surgery, and pain therapy. This wide range of applications helps ensure high-capacity system utilization, making the Cios Flow cost-effective. Additionally, its features are designed for easier and more efficient operation to help improve patient care in the OR.

The Cios Flow’s low weight, maneuverability, and intuitive touch-gesture interface simplify operation, even for new users. The new SpotAdapt[2] function helps the user to visualize challenging anatomical areas. The user simply taps the anatomical area on the preview image of the Touch User Interface, and SpotAdapt automatically optimizes relevant imaging and post-processing parameters such as brightness and contrast.

Additionally, the Cios Flow offers security functions to help minimize cyberattacks targeting the system or patient data, as well as Access & User Management features to prevent unauthorized access and restrict sensitive data. Applications can now be whitelisted to ensure that the user can access only safe software from trusted sources. For additional protection against data theft, patient data can be encrypted using BitLocker, and any changes to the system can be tracked.

MULTIX Impact C Ceiling-Mounted Digital Radiography System

Siemens Healthineers also presented the MULTIX Impact C,[3] a new ceiling-mounted digital radiography (DR) system. This year’s RSNA also marks the launch of the MULTIX Impact VA20,¹ a new version of the established floor-mounted parent DR system. Both systems are affordably priced to expand access to high-quality imaging and enhance the patient experience.

The MULTIX Impact C and the MULTIX Impact VA20 each possess an intuitive operating system, versatile wireless detectors, motorized tube heads, and a free-floating, flat tabletop, which enables easy patient access. The touch user interface on the X-ray tube permits the radiologic technologist to remain by the patient’s side for longer periods of time. And when in the control room, the technologist can use the patient positioning camera to continuously monitor the patient.

The hallmark feature of the MULTIX Impact C and the MULTIX Impact VA20 is MyExam Companion – the user interface that provides proactive guidance to help technologists navigate a radiography procedure regardless of skill level. MyExam Companion combines available patient data such as gender and age with other user or machine-observable, patient-specific information to identify optimal acquisition and reconstruction parameters for each patient and radiography procedure.

MyExam Companion’s camera-based Smart Virtual Ortho feature enables the technologist to set the field of view and adjust exposure parameters on the touchscreen using a live camera image of the patient, making long-leg and full-spine examinations faster to set up and easier to perform. The Auto Full Spine and Auto Full Leg Collimation features use automated, artifical intelligence-based body-part detection and collimation to accelerate spine and leg examination workflows by analyzing the patient’s contour and adjusting the collimator blades in less than half a second.

“With the introduction of the MULTIX Impact C ceiling-mounted system and the new version of the floor-mounted MULTIX Impact, Siemens Healthineers extends and strengthens our customers’ options in digital radiography,” said Niral Patel, Vice President of X-ray Products at Siemens Healthineers North America.

LUMINOS Lotus Max Fluoroscopy/Radiography System

Siemens Healthineers in addition introduced the LUMINOS Lotus Max, a premium 2-in-1 remote-controlled imaging system that seamlessly integrates fluoroscopy and radiography for increased productivity and optimized clinical operations. In this manner, the LUMINOS Lotus Max transforms the delivery of patient care.

Designed to be operated remotely from a control room, the LUMINOS Lotus Max also can be used tableside via an optional second remote control console. Either way, the LUMINOS Lotus Max offers a high degree of versatility in a wide range of clinical examinations and among diverse patient types. It combines radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging with orthopedic studies such as long-leg or full-spine examinations and basic interventions. Because these radiographic and fluoroscopic capabilities are highly integrated, users can quickly switch between the two forms of imaging. The LUMINOS Lotus Max also features a high level of automation for easy maneuvering at the touch of a button.

Options include a wireless footswitch for greater freedom in system operation and to potentially avoid unnecessary operator radiation dose; an Enhanced Care Package of software features to help minimize patient dose, improve workflow, and optimize image quality; and a multi-color MoodLight feature to create a warm, friendly working environment for patients and staff.

The LUMINOS Lotus Max automatically encrypts all images and patient data. This encryption, combined with regular software updates and an elaborate role-based access control, helps ensure compliance with the highest cybersecurity standards.

“The LUMINOS Lotus Max features a high level of integration that overcomes challenges facing previous fluoroscopy/radiography systems to deliver efficient workflows and permit high system utilization for an uninterrupted flow in fluoroscopic and radiographic exams,” said Niral Patel, Vice President of X-ray Products at Siemens Healthineers North America.

For more information, visit siemens-healthineers.us.

[1] The Cios Flow is pending 510(k) clearance and is not yet commercially available in the United States.

[2] SpotAdapt is pending 510(k) clearance and is not yet commercially available in the United States.

[3] The MULTIX Impact C and the MULTIX Impact VA20 are pending 510(k) clearance and are not yet commercially available in the United States.

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