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Siemens Healthineers Aims to Extend Photon-Counting Scanning Technology to Benefit 1 Billion Patients in the Next Decade

Monday, December 04, 2023

Siemens Healthineers has set an ambitious target to conduct photon-counting CT scans on one billion patients over the next decade. The company aims to make its advanced imaging technology more widely accessible by utilizing photon-counting-based computed tomography (CT) scanners. With the NAEOTOM Alpha3, the only commercially available system with photon-counting technology cleared for clinical use, over 500,000 patients have already been scanned across various healthcare settings.

Siemens Healthineers is investing €80 million to expand photon-counting CT manufacturing in Forchheim, Germany, underlining its commitment to advancing this innovative technology. Recently, at RSNA 2023, the company unveiled a third wave of clinical innovations, introducing more than 10 new functionalities. These enhancements, particularly focused on improving cardiac imaging, include a novel heart imaging reconstruction for consistent results across different detector widths. Another update enhances the performance of scans involving hearts with calcifications or stents, providing additional functional insights through spectral information and reconstruction.

Recognizing the potential of photon-counting CT technology in various clinical scenarios, Siemens Healthineers aims to address emerging indications. The technology has proven to be invaluable in routine clinical practice, delivering detailed images with both anatomical and functional information. Its applications extend beyond cardiovascular, neurovascular, and pulmonary care, showcasing its ability to empower physicians with conclusive information for precise diagnoses and confident therapeutic decision-making.


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