OPTIQ

A new approach to image quality and dose in minimally invasive interventions

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During a procedure, interventionalists have to see clearly – while keeping dose as low as possible. As your partner for minimally invasive interventions, we have made it our mission to further drive technology to empower you to tap your full potential. Following our tradition of innovation, we took an initiative to redefine the principles of automatic exposure control and rebuilt it from the ground up – resulting in our imaging solution OPTIQ. Based on big data, OPTIQ delivers constant image quality throughout a procedure, independent of angulation or patient size1, while also significantly reducing dose. Find out more about OPTIQ and how it supports you in expanding precision medicine.

Technology behind

With increasing patient attenuation, the conventional detector-dose-driven exposure control leads to a reduction of image quality – even in the average patient thickness range between 20 – 30 cm.
Our newly developed exposure control OPTIQ uses a contrast-based technique, supported by intelligent, self-adjusting algorithms. It automatically considers SID, collimation settings, grid status, and patient thickness – and finds and applies the best suitable combination of the 5 radiation exposure parameters and the detector dose as an additional variable. This new exposure control constantly aims to achieve the requested contrast-to-noise ratio at the lowest possible dose.
The basis for this complex functionality is a vast database containing 300 million entries. With every image acquisition, the system checks up to 15,000 possible parameter combinations with the goal to select the most dose-efficient one for a specific imaging situation.

Find out what your peers say about OPTIQ

Hendrik Janssen, MD, talks about image quality improvement with OPTIQ.

Prof. René Chapot, MD, discusses high image quality at low dose.

Prof. Dierk Vorwerk, MD, reflects on high image quality in obese patients.

For interventional procedures, devices like guide wires, coils, and stents are indispensable. The market is constantly growing, with new devices emerging made from different materials – and each one needs to be clearly visible without an increase in dose.
Structure Scout automatically optimizes the visibility of different devices and materials, based on their individual dose absorption property. This material-specific imaging is based on preset values. As a result, the system automatically adapts its exposure control parameters to the material used.
Find out how much dose you can save with Structure Scout in clinical practice!2


  1. Dose saving of up to 40% in fluoroscopy and up to 61% in acquisitions while maintaining the same visibility of iron (e.g., guide wires and stents).2

    Image courtesy: Prof. René Chapot, MD, Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus Essen, Germany

  2. Dose saving of up to 84% in fluoroscopy and up to 90% in acquisitions while maintaining the same visibility of platinum (e.g., coils).2

    Image courtesy: Prof. Dierk Vorwerk, MD, Institute of Radiology, Klinikum Ingolstadt, Germany

  3. Dose saving of up to 44% in acquisitions while maintaining same visibility of CO2.2

    Image courtesy: University Hospital, Jena, Germany

  4. Dose saving of up to 51% in fluoroscopy and up to 55% in acquisitions while maintaining the same visibility of iodine (e.g., contrast agent).2


    Image courtesy: Prof. René Chapot, MD, Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus Essen, Germany

  5. Dose saving of up to 84% in fluoroscopy and up to 86% in acquisitions while maintaining the same visibility of tantalum (e.g. AVM treatment using glue).2


    Image courtesy: Prof. Florian Wolf, MD, Prof. Christian Loewe, MD, Allgemeines Krankenhaus Wien – Medical University Vienna, Austria

  6. Dose saving of up to 55% in fluoroscopy and up to 49% in acquisitions while maintaining the same visibility of barium.2


    Image courtesy: Prof. Andrea Baur-Melnyk, MD, Klinikum Großhadern, München, Germany

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