Siemens Healthineers Unveils Two New Radiotherapy Planning CT Scanners

Siemens Healthineers unveiled two new CT scanners specifically designed for radiation therapy planning. The SOMATOM go.Sim and SOMATOM go.Open Pro are 64-slice and 128-slice devices, respectively, and feature an 85 cm opening suitable for larger patients.

To make patient prep easier and faster, the scanners come with an optional DirectLasers system mounted on top of the gantry that projects laser light beams onto the patients. These help to align each patient accurately and are controlled wirelessly using a tablet computer, allowing the radiation therapist more freedom of movement and ease of operation.

Clinicians can remain within the scanning room for the entirety of the prep process, guided by the app within the tablet that makes sure every step is taken care of.

Additionally, the systems include so-called DirectORGANS for OAR (Organs at Risk) capability that Siemens Healthineers describes as automatically resolving “the dependency between image quality and the consistency of autocontouring results. DirectORGANS uses a specialized image reconstruction, optimizing the CT images for autocontouring and applying a deep learning-trained contouring algorithm. DirectORGANS may help reduce unwarranted variations with high-quality contours that approach the level of consensus-based contours.”

One special feature of the SOMATOM go.Open Pro CT is the company’s Direct Intelligent 4D (Direct i4D) technology that tracks patient breathing and synchronizes its scanning to it so as to improve image quality.

“Siemens Healthineers is proud to unveil the SOMATOM go.Sim and SOMATOM go.Open Pro, which are the result of an intensive co-creation process involving over 300 radiotherapy experts,” said Hanno Dotzel, Vice President of Surgery and Oncology in the Advanced Therapies business at Siemens Healthineers North America. “These systems will help address the challenges inherent in CT radiation therapy planning and enable precision medicine in the fight against cancer.”

Link: SOMATOM go. platform…

Via: Siemens Healthineers