Bringing critical care imaging to your patient

Our mobile head CT scanner SOMATOM provides access to the known SOMATOM image quality, right at your patient’s bedside. This will change the way you can serve ICU patients suffering from acute and critical head conditions enabling you to transform care delivery at your hospital.

  • Reduce patient transports
  • Optimize staff deployment
  • Achieve consistent and reliable image quality at the point of care

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Features & Benefits

Staff move an ICU patient bed along a hospital hallway

Providing CT scans of the head for critically ill patients, e.g. from Intensive Care Units (ICU) is crucial but often challenging.

  • Patient transports from the ICU to the radiology department are associated with complex logistical hurdles that can require up to five staff members.1
  • Inhouse patient transports bear an increased risk of complications for patients: >71% of ICU patients experience adverse events during transport specifically to the CT suite.2
  • Scanning of ICU patients at the radiology department impacts CT availability for other patients by blocking off more than double the time of conventional exams.3

Experience mobile head CT scanning with SOMATOM image quality right at the patient’s bedside:

  • Reducing transport to the radiology department can prevent related complications and allow your staff to concentrate on what matters most: providing care for the patients in the ICU department.
  • Acquiring images directly at the patient's bedside may speed up diagnostics and following decisions and steps.
  • Offering mobile CT imaging directly in the ICU allows the radiology department to create additional scanning capacity in the Radiology department for acute head scans in case of non-availability of the stationary CT scanner. Scanning patients directly in the ICU ward will empower your streamlined imaging workflows.

Maximize quality of care

  • SOMATOM permits CT imaging of the head directly on the ICU ward, so patients do not encounter any transport-associated risks.
  • Performing high-quality scans at the patient's bedside helps staff to react more promptly supporting quicker diagnosictics and treatment decision-making.

Optimize staff deployment and care delivery

  • ICU physicians and nurses can spend more time within the ICU department.
  • This may result in reduced stress for staff, uninterrupted attention for all ICU patients, and improved bed capacity utilization in the ward.

Achieve high end image quality at the point of care

  • Even cross-trained staff can achieve reproducible head scans right at the patient’s bedside.
  • Mobile CT imaging reduces the number of ICU patient scans in the radiology department, potentially resulting in more streamlined utilization of stationary systems and staff, along with more predictable appointment schedules.

  1. Telescopic scanner design
    the telescopic gantry glides on the stationary system trolley providing support for all workflow steps
  2. Easy scan set-up and fast workflow with myExam Companion powered by GO technologies (Scan&GO and Recon&GO), intuitive Touch UI & control panel
  3. Self-shielding system design
    with lead-shielded gantry and radiation shields covering the front and back of the gantry bore
  4. Powerful image acquisition
    32 row Stellar detector and dedicated X-ray tube
  5. Easy patient positioning
    with integrated shoulder board and head holder: precise iso-centric positioning, 35 cm bore opening
  6. Premium core technologies
    iMAR and SAFIRE
  7. All-in-one system design
    with integrated computers
  8. Smart driving concept
    The motorized system trolley allows easy driving and maneuvering in small spaces. The front camera offers visualization when driving and positioning the system. Slow & fast drive mode for agile hallway driving

Clinical Use

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Courtesy of Siemens Healthineers

SOMATOM brings SOMATOM image quality to the patient's bedside. It is combining proven technologies from existing SOMATOM scanners with newly designed components.

Technical Specifications

Scanner type

Mobile head CT scanner


Stellar detector

Iterative Reconstruction


Metal artifact reduction


kV steps

80, 120 kV

Spatial resolution

0.75 mm

Gantry opening

35 cm

Slice acquisition