Siemens Healthcare recently showcased its latest solutions in the field of Magnetic Resonance (MR) for Oncology at the European Radiology Congress ECR 2009 in Vienna.
The syngo TimCT Oncology application enables not only comprehensive patient examinations within an extreme short examination time, it can also eliminate the need for multiple examinations with other modalities. The syngo Tissue 4D software supports tissue differentiation of prostate cancer. In addition, Siemens presents innovative technologies in the area of Women’s Health: dedicated breast coils for 1.5 Tesla (T) and 3 Tesla systems as well as the new breast scanner Magnetom Espree – Pink. The 1.5T system combines a 70cm Open-Bore design with a dedicated breast care solution. Specifically designed for obese andclaustrophobic patients, the large bore makes examinations more comfortable than with previous systems, or, in some cases, it makes them possible for the first time ever. Supplementary software packages such as syngo Grace allow for the biochemical detection of lesions that go beyond imaging. The syngo TimCT oncology software enables continuous table movement for imaging with a large Field of View (FoV) and comprehensive staging for increased workflow. As a result, whole-body imaging of a patient is completed in one single step. At the same time, multiple examinations that were previously required are now no longer necessary. Syngo Tissue 4D, Siemens is offering a new software solution for detecting prostate cancer in men. This software offers dynamic uation with quantification of tumor tissue in organs such as the prostate. In addition to standard uation, Pharmakokinetic Modeling (PKM) is available as an alternative. PKM quantifies the contrast uptake and is suitable for initial as well as follow-upexaminations. syngo Tissue 4D is easy to use and offers a fast and guided navigation through all worksteps, including motion correction, registration, curve uation, pre uation (PKM prep), uation (PKM), result, and reporting. Siemens is also offering dedicated breast coils for its 1.5 and 3 Tesla Tim systems. Due to their flexible and modular design, these BI coils (Biopsy and Imaging) and AI coils (Advanced Imaging) can be adjusted to the respective examination and patient: one frame comes with different inserts for imaging and biopsy. The coil inserts are manufactured by Noras and Rapid, respectively. The AI breast coil will be available with 16 RF channels for high acceleration factors and advanced imaging. The introduction of syngo Grace @ 3T completes Siemens’ quantitative MR breast spectroscopy package. This software displays the choline biomarker and supplies valuable information regarding the biochemical status of breast lesions. Monitoring the relative choline concentrations increases the reliability of diagnosis and therapy while reducing overall treatment costs.