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This CT that adapts to virtually any patient and clinical need is capable of all routine diagnostic work as well as advanced examinations in cardiology, neurology and oncology. It is also suited for emergency situations like accidents, strokes or heart attacks requiring speedy diagnosis. Even difficult patients – obese, trauma and children – are quickly scanned with high diagnostic confidence.
The system with its 128 slices/per rotation has industry’s highest rotation speed of 300 milliseconds. The system is capable of performing cardiac coronary CT angiography in just 4 seconds. It also allows a whole body scan with outstanding results in a single breath–hold. Equally important is that all examinations are performed with the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient – thereby addressing this growing concern on radiation exposure among the clinicians and the general public.
SOMATOM Definition AS+ is the first scanner to combine dynamic components such as the unique Adaptive Dose Shield that enables significant dose reduction in routine applications. Further, the Siemens’ ‘award winning’ and integrated ‘Z Sharp’ technology in the system allows finer imaging details at higher speed.
The high speed, adaptability and image quality of this CT scanner not only accelerates all clinical investigations but also permits faster application of life-saving treatment. Another significant feature of SOMATOM Definition AS+ is the unique Adaptive 4D-Spiral with its bidirectional movement of the patient table. With this technique, entire organs like the whole brain can be imaged for dynamic evaluation (whole body perfusion) in a single scan, which is another ‘first’ for the CT technology.
At the launch, Mr. D Ragavan, Executive Vice President, Siemens Healthcare informed, “This is a major breakthrough for Siemens as SOMATOM Definition AS+ is the fastest single source CT scanner in the world. With the new Adaptive Scanner, this CT allows multiple usages. In addition to the conventional scans, it can now be used for stroke diagnosis and can function as a non-invasive catheter laboratory or as a tool for therapy management with cancer patients or even as an interventional suite – all according to the need of an individual patient.
SOMATOM Definition AS+ is the result of several years of R&D efforts, in which Siemens AG has spent several million Euros and with this installation in Mumbai, we once again demonstrate our keenness and ability to let the Indian healthcare community to access the latest technologies at the earliest. We would like to congratulate Chitra Scan to have taken this step to bring in the best possible technologies for the benefit of their patients”.
“Heart Attack is now the number one killer disease in Mumbai. Hectic schedules, changing lifestyles, smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes are all synonymous with citizens of Mumbai. The 128 Slice Cardiac CT scanner is a revolution in diagnosing silent heart diseases non-invasively”, informed Dr. Mehool Mehta, Director, Chitra Scan & Imaging Centre Pvt. Ltd.
Further, Dr. Rajesh Asnani, Director, Chitra Scan & Imaging Centre Pvt. Ltd. added, “This CT scanner can accurately diagnose the number and extent of blockages in the coronary arteries having 100% negative predictive value. The beauty of the equipment is the speed of scanning with the lowest radiation dose making it the ideal modality for screening. Chitra Scan Center shall be launching the ‘save your heart’ campaign very soon.”
About Siemens Healthcare
Siemens Healthcare, a sector of Siemens AG, is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first fully integrated diagnostics company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care – from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. Additionally, Siemens is the global market leader in innovative hearing instruments. The company employs more than 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2007 (Sept. 30), Siemens Healthcare reported sales of €9.85 billion, orders of €10.27 billion, and group profit of €1.32 billion. Further information can be found by visiting http://www.siemens.com/healthcare.
About Siemens Ltd.
Siemens Ltd. is the flagship listed company in India. Siemens in India, which comprises of 19 legal entities, is a leading provider of industry and infrastructure solutions with a business volume aggregating about Rs 11,000 crore. It operates in the core business segments of Energy, Industry Transportation, Healthcare, Information Technology, Communication and Lighting. It has nation-wide Sales and Service network, 18 manufacturing plants, some 500 strong network of channel partners and employs over 18,000 people.
About Chitra Scan & Imaging Centre Pvt. Ltd.
Chitra Scan & Imaging Center is a frontrunner in high-end medical diagnostic imaging centre in Central Mumbai. Since 2001, the Center has Whole Body Sonography/Colour Doppler, Digital X-rays and now the Somatom Definition AS+ 128 slice CT scanner. It has regularly upgraded its medical equipments and has kept pace with the changes in technology to give the best and most accurate results.