SOMATOM DriveDrive precision for all.

Patients of all ages, sizes, and conditions arrive in your facility daily. And, you will be measured by how effectively you can care for each of them. They—and their referring physicians—need fast, clinically accurate information. In CT imaging, you can now reach a higher level of clinical confidence in your images across these many different case types while still meeting your efficiency goals. SOMATOM Drive with Dual Source technology boosts your performance, empowers your routines, and expands your capabilities.
 

Features & Benefits


Drive precision for your patients

SOMATOM Drive supports high-quality patient care with reliable diagnostic imaging results across clinical disciplines. Accept more patients than ever before, keep pace with urgent care demands, and improve the CT experience for everyone involved.


Drive precision for your environment

SOMATOM Drive helps you standardize your institution’s quality of care to unseen levels. Promote optimum performance at all times by simplifying routines and accelerating workflows.


Drive precision for your business needs

SOMATOM Drive allows you to implement unprecedented system management efficiency. Versatile and future-proof, this CT technology connects you to the CT practice of tomorrow, advancing new clinical fields and new technologies.

Clinical Use


Ankle images at very low dose levels can be achieved using a Sn100 kV protocol with Siemens’ unique Tin Filter. The effective dose is comparable to that of conventional radiography.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Peripheral/Extremity Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: Sn100 kV, 415 mAs

Scan time: 3 s

DLP: 39 mGy cm

Scan length: 103 mm

CTDIvol: 3.14 mGy

Rotation time: 1.0 s

Eff. dose: 0.03 mSv


With the Straton® MX Sigma X-ray tube, a heavy patient with unstable heart rate can be scanned at only 90 kV. The adaptive cardiac sequence with best systolic and diastolic detection allows ejection fraction calculation at a low dose.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Cardiac Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 90 kV, 177 mAs

Scan time: 6.48 s

DLP: 135.53 mGy cm

Scan length: 137.2 mm

CTDIvol: 9.80 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 1.89 mSv


In this large patient, a full myocardial wall function scan was achieved at a dose level of under 5 mSv. Siemens’ unique Tin Filter and 10 kV Steps enables cardiac imaging at very low dose levels.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Cardiac Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 90 kV, 255 mAs

Scan time: 3.10 s

DLP: 298.8 mGy cm

Scan length: 137.5 mm

CTDIvol: 18.70 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 4.2 mSv


This patient required a long scan range for a LIMA bypass graft to visualize full myocardial wall function. The StellarInfinity detector with integrated IR further enhances clinical imaging beyond only the detector width at low doses.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Cardiac Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 90 kV, 255 mAs

Scan time: 10 s

DLP: 474.2 mGy cm

Scan length: 301 mm

CTDIvol: 14.67 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 6.64 mSv

For patients with shortness of breath, Siemens’ unique Tin Filter allows high speed, low dose, and good image quality in the shoulder region. Superfast Scanning at Sn140 kV, enabled by the Straton® MX Sigma X-ray tube and with CAREScreen, potentially removes the need for examinations with breath-hold.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: Sn140 kV, 26 mAs

Scan time: 0.76 s

DLP: 29.1 mGy cm

Scan length: 306 mm

CTDIvol: 0.79 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 0.4 mSv


SOMATOM Drive delivers high image quality lung imaging in larger patients at dose levels lower than currently estimated background doses.1 CARE kV automatically selects the correct kV for each individual patient enabling high image quality imaging without significantly increasing dose levels.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 120 kV, 50 mAs

Scan time: 2.89 s

DLP: 154 mGy cm

Scan length: 266 mm

CTDIvol: 4.91 mGy

Rotation time: 0.5 s

Eff. dose: 2.16 mSv

Thanks to the Straton® MX Sigma X-ray tube, 80 kV scanning is also possible with Adaptive 4D Spiral. This combination enables robust 4D studies with high temporal sampling, at a low dose for the best possible diagnosis.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Cardio-Vascular Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 80 kV, 110 mAs

Scan time: 13 s

DLP: 346.5 mGy cm

Scan length: 148 mm

CTDIvol: 22.37 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 4.8 mSv

This pediatric scan shows a low-dose study of a 22-month-old patient unable to understand breathing instructions and not sedated. The combination of the Straton® MX Sigma X-ray tube and Superfast Scanning at low kV enables good image quality and no breathing artifacts – all at a low dose.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 70 kV, 67 mAs

Scan time: 0.33 s

DLP: 11.3 mGy cm

Scan length: 142 mm

CTDIvol: 0.54 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 0.82 mSv

This pediatric scan shows a low-dose study of a 9-year-old patient unable to understand breathing instructions and not sedated. Low dose and good image quality achieved with no motion or breathing artifacts due to Superfast Scanning at low kV.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 80 kV, 52 mAs

Scan time: 1.0 s

DLP: 35.9 mGy cm

Scan length: 433 mm

CTDIvol: 0.73 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 1.57 mSv

Contrast media: 25 mL @ 400 mg/mL

 


This whole body CTA – head to toe CTA – at a low dose is achieved with the StellarInfinity detector and Integrated IR. This provides high image quality – spatial and contrast resolution – scanning at low doses. The scan time is kept slower with special contrast injection protocol to enable runoff in one scan.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 80 kV, 130 mAs

Scan time: 28 s

DLP: 244 mGy cm

Scan length: 1616 mm

CTDIvol: 1.44 mGy

Rotation time: 0.5 s

Eff. dose: 1.68 mSv


High isotropic spatial resolution and high contrast resolution result in excellent quality abdominal scan showing a tight stenosis of the mesenteric veins leading to the portal vein. SOMATOM Drive with the Straton® MX Sigma X-ray tube with High Power 80 enables 80 kV scanning at low doses – useful for patients who require regular follow-up studies.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 80 kV, 228 mAs

Scan time: 8.63 s

DLP: 169.4 mGy cm

Scan length: 408 mm

CTDIvol: 4.00 mGy

Rotation time: 0.5 s

Eff. dose: 2.5 mSv


SOMATOM Drive shows a single-phase CTA of the abdomen with contrast media. High Power 80 enables an endoleak scan at low kV to enhance the contrast significantly.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 80 kV, 155 mAs

Scan time: 3.29 s

DLP: 123 mGy cm

Scan length: 302.4 mm

CTDIvol: 4.06 mGy

Rotation time: 0.5 s

Eff. dose: 1.84 mSv

Contrast media: 70mL @ 370 mg/mL

 


In this patient with a hip implant, iMAR (iterative Metal Artifact Reduction) improves visualization of previously artifact impaired vessels and structures – without a loss of image quality.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 120 kV, 220 mAs

Scan time: 9.5 s

DLP: 315 mGy cm

Scan length: 878 mm

CTDIvol: 3.63 mGy

Rotation time: 0.5 s

Eff. dose: 4.7 mSv

To visualize the full arterial and portal venous vascular supply, the kV is selected for a deliberate biphasic injection. CARE kV automatically selects the appropriate kV for this 11-year-old patient who was scanned at 90 kV with a precise dose and quick scan speed. This is enabled by the Straton® MX Sigma X-ray tube and 10 kV Steps.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 90 kV, 67 mAs

Scan time: 0.58 s

DLP: 140 mGy cm

Scan length: 231 mm

CTDIvol: 1.38 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 4.8 mSv

Contrast media: 35 mL @ 370 mg/mL

 


Neuro imaging with SOMATOM Drive delivers high image quality with low contrast detectability for enhanced grey-white matter differentiation (head non-contrast media).

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Head and Neck Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 90 kV, 192 mAs

Scan time: 7.6 s

DLP: 294.9 mGy cm

Scan length: 170 mm

CTDIvol: 3.63 mGy

Rotation time: 1.0 s

Eff. dose: 0.6 mSv


Very low dose levels can be achieved using a Sn100 kV protocol with Siemens’ unique Tin Filter. The effective dose is comparable to that of conventional radiography.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Head and Neck Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: Sn100 kV, 108 mAs

Scan time: 12 s

DLP: 20.9 mGy cm

Scan length: 105.6 mm

CTDIvol: 1.65 mGy

Rotation time: 1.0 s

Eff. dose: 0.04 mSv


This study shows a full head to pelvis CTA to identify dissection. The required high spatial resolution is achieved with the Straton® MX Sigma X-ray tube and generator combined with the integrated IR. SOMATOM Drive with High Power 70 & 80 keeps dose levels low – without compromising on focal spot size.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 80 kV, 278 mAs

Scan time: 8.47 s

DLP: 315 mGy cm

Scan length: 585.2 mm

CTDIvol: 3.63 mGy

Rotation time: 0.5 s

Eff. dose: 3.9 mSv


Dual Energy study to identify any persistent enhancing lesions in the pancreas after a resection. Dose-neutral Dual Energy imaging with Siemens’ unique Tin Filter enables wide spectral separation (80/Sn140 kV) for the most accurate Dual Energy analysis.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 32 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 80/Sn 140 kV, 137/175 mAs

Scan time: 11 s

DLP: 331 mGy cm

Scan length: 244 mm

CTDIvol: 12.66 mGy

Rotation time: 0.5 s

Eff. dose: 5 mSv


This post-stent abdominal CTA patient study requires a long scan time and range with high temporal sampling. Long-range dynamic 4D studies with Adaptive 4D Spiral and manually chosen 100 kV help reduce any effect of the stent on image quality.

CT Scanner - SOMATOM Drive - Clinical Case - Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging

Collimation: 128 x 0.6 mm

Tube settings: 100 kV, 100 mAs

Scan time: 25.32 s

DLP: 1350 mGy cm

Scan length: 148.8 mm

CTDIvol: 87.08 mGy

Rotation time: 0.28 s

Eff. dose: 20.2 mSv

Technical Specifications

Scanner type

Dual Source

Detectors

StellarInfinity

Max. scan speed

458 mm/s

In-plane temp.-res.

75 ms

Rotational coverage

131 mm/rot

kV steps

70 – 140 kV @ 10 kV Steps

mA @ 70 kV, 80 kV

650 mA, 750 mA

Spatial resolution

0.30 mm

Table load

up to 307 kg / 676 lbs*

Gantry opening

78 cm

Generator power

200 kW (2 x 100 kW)

Slice acquisition

2 x 128


Dual Source Technology

The Dual Source CT technology allows you to achieve precise dose and superfast scanning, fitting to each patient’s needs regardless of age, size and weight. The unique Dual Source gantry and high-pitch table introduce precise CT imaging at unprecedented acquisition speed and temporal resolution.


Stellar Infinity Detector with interactive Iterative Reconstruction

With the StellarInfinity detectors with integrated iterative reconstruction (integrated IR), SOMATOM Drive is driving a new level of integration of software and hardware. The high resolution of the StellarInfinity detectors create excellent image quality with reduced noise.


CARE Screen with Tin Filter

The CARE Screen with Tin Filters on both tubes, allows you to lower the dose whilst maintaining image quality. The filters optimize the X-ray spectrum by filtering out the parts of the X-ray beam that are rarely useful for imaging. This combination of low doses and high diagnostic reliability makes SOMATOM Drive ideal for future applications such as spinal diagnostics and orthopedic examinations.


Straton MX Sigma X-ray Tubes & Sigma Generators

SOMATOM Drive is equipped with the new Straton® MX Sigma X-ray tube and Sigma generators and High Power 70 & High Power 80 that enables low dose scanning whilst freezing motion at maximum speed. It’s optimized for low kV imaging to reduce scan time, while maintaining exceptional image quality. SOMATOM Drive uses the power of both tubes for fast scanning.


Unique 10 kV Steps

SOMATOM Drive with Dual Source technology is equipped with unique 10 kV Steps, which along with CARE kV allows a precise user independent kV selection. That allows optimum image quality and precise dose for more patients.


Dual Source Flash Spiral

SOMATOM Drive delivers 2 x 100 kW generator power that achieves precise imaging for any patient. With both tubes complimenting each other, even at low kV, a high table feed, ultra-fast data transmission, and a gantry that can perform a full rotation in 0.28 seconds enables Superfast Scanning with SOMATOM Drive.


Adaptive 4D Spiral

The Adaptive 4D Spiral achieves whole-brain and whole-organ coverage for perfusion imaging and enables low-dose CT angiography and dynamic CT diagnostic confidence with 4D imaging that exceeds the detector width and allows you to act faster and be more confident in your treatment decisions as before. The new Adaptive 4D Spiral visualizes vascular flow or anatomical motion with up to 48 cm dynamic coverage on SOMATOM Drive.


Power Buffer

With a single high power input converted to dual high power output, the new Power Buffer helps provide access to Dual Source technology where infrastructure has previously been a limitation.

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