CHICAGO, March 31 According to the AmericanHeart Association, cardiovascular disease ranks as America's No. 1 killer,with an average of one death every 37 seconds. Poor eating habits, lack ofexercise and the obesity epidemic have contributed to the surge of Americanswith cardiac issues. To address this nationwide crisis, the medical communityhas stepped up by developing holistic cardiology solutions that not onlyprovide earlier and better detection, but also enable doctors to treat cardiacpatients with less invasive surgery.
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In response, Siemens Healthcare (www.siemens.com/healthcare) hasintroduced the Artis zee(R) family -- its next generation of interventionalimaging systems for cardiology, offering enhanced image quality, optimizedworkflow, and increased return on investment. Siemens will be showcasing thenew Artis zee family at the 57th Annual Scientific Session of the AmericanCollege of Cardiology (ACC) from March 29 through April 1 at booth # 3006.
One of the first facilities in North America to receive Artis zee systemsis Bethesda Heart Institute in Boynton Beach, Fla. "Artis zee from Siemens isextremely fast and provides superb imaging," said Dr. Louis D. Snyder, MedicalDirector, Bethesda Heart Institute. "The imaging enhancements mean we can seevessel edges more clearly and position stents with greater confidenceresulting in more effective treatment for our patients, as well as greaterefficiencies in our workflow."
The innovativeness of the Artis zee family is exemplified by the recentlyFDA 510(k) cleared Artis zeego(R), which extends imaging capabilities throughvirtually unrestricted C-arm positioning. The ability to deliver two non-concentric rotations supports advanced cross-sectional imaging, which is notachievable with traditional C-arm systems. The Artis zeego makes it possiblefor the position of the isocenter to be adjusted according to the proceduralneeds or the height of the physician, which is particularly beneficial to aphysician during lengthy procedures, while wearing a heavy lead-shieldedapron. Furthermore, the Artis zeego can be parked compactly to give theclinical team easier access to the patient, making it ideal for hybrid rooms.
Additionally, Frost & Sullivan recently selected the Artis zeego as winnerof the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award at their Excellencein Medical Technologies Awards banquet.
Faster, More Effective Procedures
The entire Artis zee family of systems features an enhanced imaging chain-- spanning acquisition to processing and documentation -- that deliverssharply detailed images required for interventional procedures, enhancesclarity in 2D imaging, and enables an array of 3D imaging applications to helpenhance clinical decision-making.
"The interventional cardiologist now faces greater demands than ever asthe number of minimally invasive procedures grows and the need to visualizefine vessels and small devices is increasingly critical," said Claus Grill,Vice President, Angiography, Cardiac, and X-ray Systems, Siemens MedicalSolutions USA, Inc. "Siemens developed the Artis zee portfolio of products toprovide clinicians with excellent image quality, enabling them to diagnose andtreat with greater speed, efficiency and precision, all the while improvingpatient outcomes and workflow."
From 2D to 4D: Imaging a moving structure, such as the heart, has alwaysbeen a challenge. Now, with the Artis zee, outstanding image quality isprovided from 2D fluoroscopy and 3D imaging and even a 4D image application,where the time phases of the heartbeat are taken into account. In 2Dfluoroscopy, features like advanced temporal filtration use an intelligentmotion detection algorithm. This technology separates moving from non-movingstructures in real time to improve the clarity of therape