Page 19

1697_AX_Kundenmagazin_CC.indd

Artis Q Angiography With the new Artis Q biplane angiography system, the Institute of Neuroradiology at Magdeburg University, Germany, is breaking new ground in the field of interventional neurosciences. Better image quality not only increases patient safety and provides new diagnostic possibilities. It also paves the way for entirely new approaches to patient care, for example the one-stop strategy in acute stroke management. When Prof. Martin Skalej, MD, from the Institute of Neuroradiology at Magdeburg University Hospital in Germany was asked if he could imagine his institute becoming a test site for the new Siemens Artis Q biplane angiography system, he said yes almost immediately. The medical faculty of Magdeburg University has specialized in neurosciences, and the Institute of Neuroradiology, in particular, has a reputation for using the latest technology in imaging and interventional therapies. “This is why we were happy to be asked to be the first test site for the Artis Q biplane system worldwide,” says Prof. Skalej. “And we really enjoyed contributing to the development of the system before the official launch at RSNA 2012.” Thanks to a new, more powerful X-ray tube, the new high-dynamic range detector with 16-bit read-out, the Artis Q product family features an unusually high contrast resolution even at steep angulations. The combination of new hardware and the new, dedicated cone-beam reconstruction algorithm delivers enhanced image quality with excellent soft-tissue resolution, especially in advanced 3D-imaging. “The difference in image quality is immediately visible to the naked eye,” says Prof. Skalej. “It is especially relevant in fluoroscopy. With the new system, we feel far more confident in many interventions that we perform.” Improved Visibility of Coils and Stents One example that illustrates the merits of higher image quality particularly well is neuroanatomical interventions with blood vessel implants. In patients with aneurysms of the cerebral arteries, for example, the implantation of little platinum spirals, or coils, is the therapy of choice for preventing ruptures. But there is a problem: these metal structures are highly radio-opaque. They generated many artifacts on older systems. This has improved considerably with the new detector technology of the Artis Q, according to Prof. Skalej, “We can be more confident than before that we are AXIOM Innovations | December 2013 | www.siemens.com/angiography  19


1697_AX_Kundenmagazin_CC.indd
To see the actual publication please follow the link above