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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? 

6 min
Andrea Lutz
Published on September 30, 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.
Photon Counting Film

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


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


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

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