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C-arms move into 3D, guided by touchscreens, AI

por Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | April 26, 2021
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From the April 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


The company also launched a new app called SmartCT, which provides guidance for users on how to do 3D imaging.

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At the beginning of 2021, Siemens Healthineers received FDA clearance for its Cios Flow mobile C-arm.

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Cios Flow has a tablet-like user interface that is consistent across the monitor cart, C-arm and from the sterile field. The remote user interface can be attached to the side of the OR table or to a separate mobile roll stand.

A new feature, SpotAdapt, was designed to visualize challenging areas more easily.

“SpotAdapt lets you specify a region of interest simply by pointing to the specific anatomical area on the large preview image,” said Allison Sutter, marketing manager of the Advanced Therapies business at Siemens Healthineers. “With a single touch you can automatically optimize relevant imaging and post-processing parameters such as brightness and contrast.”

The Cios Flow utilizes a Windows 10 operating system, with integrated security functions to help minimize cyberattacks on system and patient data. It comes with user management features to prevent unauthorized access, track changes made to the system, disable use of restricted applications and secure sensitive patient data with BitLocker encryption. The system meets the security standard that is required by the Department of Defense (DOD), according to Sutter.

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The system is designed for use across multiple clinical specialties and is ideal for orthopedic trauma surgery, Sutter said.

Siemens Healthineers has also partnered with Radlink through the Siemens Healthineers Digital Marketplace to provide integrated access to Radlink HIP and Radlink TRAUMA software. In addition to patented image stitching technology, Radlink can be used preoperatively, intraoperatively and postoperatively to evaluate surgical alignment and verify optimal implant placement through noninvasive, real-time guidance. Radlink HIP and TRAUMA software will also be made available on the Cios Alpha and Cios Spin mobile C-arms.

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