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Overview

Dot results, efficiently.
Dot is Siemens’ unique MRI exam software, combining intuitive protocol management with quality results for each exam. Resulting in up to 20% shorter exam slots.1 For true flexibility, consistency and efficiency in MRI.

Flexibility. Intuitive protocol management.

  • Adapt strategies to your patients’ needs
  • Adjust decisions according to the clinical question
  • Different exam-views for quick access to the information you need

 

Consistency. Quality results for each exam.

  • More predictable scheduling, < 1 min. exam time variation2
  • 90% of MRI exams covered by Dot engines3
  • Consistency for every follow-up exam

 

Efficiency. Up to 20% shorter exam slots.

  • Accommodate more patients per day
  • Make your MRI expertise accessible for every technician
  • Reduce the number of rescans with standard procedures

Features & Benefits

The new DotGO interface simplifies the set-up of Dot engines through the Dot Cockpit. The Dot Cockpit is your central interface for all protocol management tasks, enabling flexible configuration of all Dot engines, according to your standards of care. DotGO workflow supports increased operational efficiency in MRI. With Dot Cockpit and Dot engines, you can easily standardize your protocols and achieve quality results consistently across patients, scanners, and exams.

Intuitive protocol management with Dot Cockpit.

Dot Cockpit is your central interface for all protocol management tasks. It enables highly flexible and intuitive configuration, manipulation, organization, and updating of all MRI protocols.

Abdomen Dot Engine

  • Perform motion-free imaging 
  • Achieve the right contrast timing
  • Leverage MRCP and Diffusion decision points 

Angio Dot Engine

  • Provide non-CE peripheral MRA with comparable accuracy to contrast-enhanced MRA with QISS2,3
  • Read and report MR Angio cases performed consistently with optimized kinetic timing
  • Experience an ‘’easy-to-handle approach for imaging peripheral arteries with little requirement for further adjustments’’ with QISS3  

Breast Dot Engine

  • Provide non-CE peripheral MRA with comparable accuracy to contrast-enhanced MRA
  • Proper peak identification for reliable image quality
  • Consistent scan process reduces potential rescans

Brain Dot Engine

  • Same slice positioning across patients and exams with Auto Align
  • Motion-insensitive scanning with BLADE
  • Consistent results for follow up exams

Cardiac Dot Engine

  • Automated planning of all cardiac views with AutoAlign Heart
  • Inline Ventricular function for on-demand diagnostic information
  • Comprehensive heart exam in less than 30 minutes5 

Knee Dot Engine

  • Automatic positioning and sizing of slices and the Field of View
  • Reduction of metal artifacts with WARP4
  • Motion-insensitive scanning with BLADE

Large Joint Dot Engine

For Shoulder Imaging

  • Advanced WARP to accommodate patients with large metal implants4
  • Confident reduction of artifacts with only a few mouse-clicks
  • Motion-insensitive scanning with BLADE

Large Joint Dot Engine

For Hip Imaging

  • Advanced WARP to accommodate patients with large metal implants4
  • Confident reduction of artifacts with only a few mouse-clicks
  • Motion-insensitive scanning with BLADE

RT Dot Engine

Predefined strategies for RT 

  • Automatic distortion correction improves spatial integrity 
  • Automatic axial image reconstruction enables all data to be directly processed in RT planning software 
  • Laser quality assurance maintains positioning accuracy

Spine Dot Engine

For C-Spine Imaging

  • Reduce workflow steps with automated vertebrae labeling
  • Automatic detection of spine geometry
  • Reduction of metal artifacts with WARP4

Spine Dot Engine

For L-Spine Imaging

  • Reduce workflow steps with automated vertebrae labeling and drop & snap positioning
  • Automatic detection of spine geometry
  • Reduction of metal artifacts with WARP4
  • Consistent positioning independent of spine curvature 

Dot Engines 

Dot engines are designed to reduce variability resulting from unique patient challenges, exam complexity and varying staff experience. With Dot, your exams are standardized for consistency and you can quickly adapt the exam on the fly as the patient condition changes. Avalable Dot engines cover 90% of exams.

XA Systems and Beyond

  • Brain Dot Engine
  • Cardiac Dot Engine
  • Abdomen Dot Engine
  • Whole Body Dot Engine
  • RT Dot Engine
  • Angio Dot Engine
  • Large Joint Dot Engine
  • Spine Dot Engine
  • Breast Dot Engine

E11 Dot Engines

  • Cardiac Dot Engine
  • Abdomen Dot Engine
  • Tim CT Onco Dot Engine
  • Tim CT Angio Dot Engine
  • Angio Dot Engine
  • RT Dot Engine
  • Large Joint Dot Engine
  • Spine Dot Engine
  • Breast Dot Engine
  • Brain Dot Engine

Customer Feedback


"The Siemens Dot engines have been well received by my group. We get better throughput and image quality than we thought possible. Siemens Dot engines are user-friendly, making on-boarding for new technologists significantly shorter. Techs can manage and perform patient care more easily and consistently. The majority of patients are on and off the table in 20 minutes, meaning fewer repeats and call-backs."*

Joe Savoie
Director of MRI
Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson, LA

Customer feedback on DotGO

"With DotGO it’s going to be so much easier, and quicker to build protocols on the fly, and not interfere with taking away table time from the patient."
Anthony Pavone

Chief MRI Technologist
Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, New York, USA

"[…] the wow factor for me is the way that you can actually see the whole protocol. So you can see the different strategies, you can see the sequences – they’re actually in each strategy. You can see the clinical decisions much more clearly. It’s all laid out in front of you in one platform, on one page."
Karen Kettless
Senior Clinical Application Specialist, Siemens Healthcare MR


Customer feedback on Dot Engines

"The number of failed examinations has been drastically reduced by the Dot engines and the angiographies have become better. Everything is simply much more standardized now."
Professor Thomas Vogl, MD
Medical Director of the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology of the University Hospital Frankfurt
Speaker of the Frankfurt Klinikallianz

"By customizing Dot, we have been able to enhance several of our protocols. For example, the Dot Decisions functionality in Abdomen Dot Engine has enabled us to schematize and simplify these protocols. With Dot, we can now ensure our examinations are far more reproducible and of excellent quality."
Arnaud Lambert, Technologist
Imagerie Médicale Saint Marie, Osny, France

"With the Cardiac Dot Engine, we have been able to bring cardiac examinations into our clinical routine."

Professor Christoph Bremer, MD
Head of the Department of Radiology
St. Franziskus Hospital Münster, Germany

 

“The main way that Dot benefits the patient is it reduces scan time. So if a routine brain would take say 12, 14, 15 minutes, with the Dot engine, you may be able to reduce that by 2 to 3 minutes, which is 20% of the scan time.”
Bob Day, Chief Technical Officer

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, New York, USA

“Within our environment, we just could not provide a cardiac MRI service without the Cardiac Dot Engine.”
Dr. Russell Bull, MRCP, FRCR
Consultant Radiologist
Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK

“Dot can be decisive in reporting and medical management. Vertebra labeling in Spine Dot e.g. assures you to label your vertebral levels correctly even in the case of difficult vertebral anomalies. It can save you a lot of time while reporting but more important it helps you to avoid pitfalls like calling disease at a wrong level”
Dr. Johan Dehem, Chief Radiologist
VZW Jan Yperman, Belgium
 

“As a manager of a busy MRI unit, I’m under constant pressure to ensure that the waiting list is kept as short as possible. And, of course, one way to do this is to shorten your examination times, and Cardiac Dot Engine has enabled me to do this.”
Matthew BenbowSuperintendent Radiographer
Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK


Customer feedback on the Dot Concept

"We continue to innovate in MR technology but consistency and completeness of exams in MR imaging remains the biggest clinical challenge. Dot is the latest improvement that not only provides consistency between patients and ensures appropriate coverage but also guarantees expected outcomes from every technologist."
Lawrence Tanenbaum, MD
New York, NY, USA
 

"We welcome the installation of the auto voice feature, which is also very useful. Previously, we had to stop the process during examinations to speak to the patients.With this feature, we do not have to stop the process everytime, and throughput has improved."
Mr. Koyano, Technologist

Saitama Sekishinkai Hospital, Saitama, Japan

“I am guided through the start of the liver dynamic in an easy and clear way. It helps me achieve the right timing for the contrast medium.”
Sabrina Koch, Technologist
St. Franziskus Hospital Münster, Germany

“AutoAlign is helpful especially for colleagues who rarely perform knee examinations because the slices are positioned automatically, which saves a lot of time. Furthermore, our knee examinations have become reproducible.”
Linda Willeke, Technologist
St. Franziskus Hospital Münster, Germany

"Dot and its AutoAlign function have enabled us to position slices automatically without the need for user intervention.”
Alexandre Fuchs, MD
Radiologist
Imagerie Médicale Sainte Marie, Osny, France


Systems

DotGO systemsDot systems

(with Dot engines and the Dot Cockpit):
 

(with Dot engines):
 
Biograph mMR (E11P required) MAGNETOM Avanto Tim and Dot 1.5T
MAGNETOM Aera 1.5TMAGNETOM ESSENZA Tim+Dot 1.5T
MAGNETOM Altea 1.5TMAGNETOM Verio Tim and Dot 3T
MAGNETOM Amira 1.5T 
MAGNETOM Avantofit 1.5T 
MAGNETOM Sola 1.5T 
MAGNETOM Lumina 3T 
MAGNETOM Prisma 3T 
MAGNETOM Prismafit 3T 
MAGNETOM Skyra 3T 
MAGNETOM Skyrafit 3T 
MAGNETOM Vida 3T  

Minimum software requirements:

 

Minimum software requirements:

 

syngo E11• syngo D11
 • syngo D13 for Spine, Large Joint and Breast Dot Engine

 

Dot now available for more MAGNETOM systems or as an upgrade installed systems

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*The statements by the Siemens’ customer described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.