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C-arms continue to slim down

Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | March 16, 2020
From the March 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Siemens ARTIS icono floor
Siemens Healthineers
In September of last year, the FDA cleared Siemens Healthineers’ ARTIS icono family of angiography systems, including the ARTIS icono biplane system for a variety of neuroradiology and abdominal imaging procedures and the ARTIS icono floor single-plane system, ideal for cardiovascular procedures.

“It’s a milestone moment for us,” said Jenna Brennan, head of marketing for cardiovascular solutions in the advanced therapies business at Siemens Healthineers. “A new angiography platform launches once every seven to 10 years.”

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The system embraces two key trends: balancing good image quality with the lowest dose and improving ease of use.

ARTIS icono includes a new imaging chain called OPTIQ that automatically provides preferred image quality at radiation doses that are as low as possible, regardless of imaging angle or patient size.

“Based on different algorithms, it will adjust for the lowest dose to achieve it, despite how large the patient is or what the C-arm angle is,” Brennan said. The platform also offers personalized workflow through its Case Flows feature, allowing for standardized procedures across labs using the ARTIS icono platform.

“For a particular image acquisition, you can define all parameters so the system automatically goes to that setup,” Brennan said.

There is also time savings. For femoral access, for example, what previously took 90 seconds and 17 clicks to do manually takes 33 seconds and two clicks with Case Flows, Brennan said.


The company has released two tables tailored for use with Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures, which use endoscopy and fluoroscopy to diagnose and treat certain conditions involving biliary or pancreatic ductal systems.

As with all STILLE tables, the new ERCP models are designed with mobility and versatility when used with fluoroscopic imaging equipment, said Susan Neese, vice president of sales at STILLE.

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