Innovation culture

When you count photons, you need partners you can count on 

Throughout the 20 years of research and development in "photon-counting," it was not always clear that the work of the physicists and engineers would be successful and that a computed tomography system would ever come into being. Where did the confidence that this could succeed come from then? 

6min
Andrea Lutz
Published on 1. Oktober 2021

German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier describes the German Future Award as an "award that inspires us with confidence." In particular, it means that "we do not have to let the major challenges of our time simply wash over us, but can shape them thanks to the findings of basic and cutting-edge research." 

CT Photon Counting Heart Imaging
For the "photon-counting computed tomography system" project, Björn Kreisler, PhD, Stefan Ulzheimer, PhD, and Professor Thomas Flohr, PhD, representing a team at Siemens Healthineers, have now been nominated for the German Future Award.

The destination was clear, but the road was rocky

The project hung by a thread


Stefan Ulzheimer, PhD, Program Manager for photon-counting CT, Siemens Healthineers


Björn Kreisler, PhD, Senior Key Expert for detectors, Siemens Healthineers

Even outstanding technology must remain affordable


Professor Thomas Flohr, PhD, Head of CT Concepts, Siemens Healthineers

CT Photon counting Team

Making clinical benefit quantifiable

Product image CT Photon Couting

By Andrea Lutz
Andrea Lutz is a journalist and business trainer specialized on medical topics, technology, and healthcare IT. She lives in Nuremberg, Germany.