Siemens Healthineers has announced FDA clearance for its SOMATOM On.Site, a mobile head computed tomography (CT) scanner. The scanner is designed to be transported to critically ill patients, at their bedside, allowing for easier and safer head examinations. This helps to lower the risks and logistics of moving patients, including those in intensive care, through the hospital to the larger machines in a radiology unit.
SOMATOM On.Site boasts an all-in-one design, with all necessary computers, batteries, touchscreen and keyboard included in the scanner, enabling operation inside smaller rooms and without additional equipment. Once locked in place, the scanners moves on a telescopic gantry to acquire the image, with a patient’s head resting within a 35cm bore. Radiation curtain shields may also be inserted to the front and rear of the scanner, allowing clinicians to stay close during scanning, whilst the patient can remain connected to appropriate devices.
Douglas Ryan, VP of Computed Tomography at Siemens Healthineers, North America, said: “The SOMATOM On.site transforms the delivery of care for critically ill patients who require a CT head scan.” He continues: “The system delivers reliable and consistent image quality demanded by healthcare professionals in the ICU, neurology, and radiology departments. Additionally, bedside imaging helps to reduce patient transports, thereby reducing the risk of infection while improving workforce efficiency.”
Siemens Healthineers has recently announced the acquisition of Varian Medical Systems. Find out more here.