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July 05, 2012

Siemens Healthcare Wins 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement

Frost & Sullivan recently named Siemens Healthcare as the winner of the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement. The company's FAST CARE solution, functioning with the Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS and Flash scanners, effectively meets requirements of CT technologists, physicians, and patients.

In a release, Frost & Sullivan industry analyst, Roberto Aranibar, said that, "Consistent pressure to leverage imaging services and patient care in a fast growing environment have made workflow and productivity top priorities for CT image service providers across the U.S. The challenge for providers lies not only in increasing the rate at which imaging procedures are performed, but also in delivering exams that continue to meet physician and industry expectations for image quality, radiation dose and patient care."

FAST (Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies) and CARE (Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure), that make up the FAST CARE solution, have been designed to optimize workflow and enhance productivity for service providers without compromising on high image quality. Furthermore, the solution supports a low radiation dosage to safeguard patient health.  

Siemens' FAST solutions simplify and speed up tasks for the imaging technologist. Capable of highly-automated operation, FAST solutions ensure delivery of high-quality images on a consistent basis.

FAST Planning effectively automates scan and reconstruction ranges, which can both speed up and simplify the process of setting up an organ-targeted scan. FAST Adjust optimizes workflow as it eliminates manual scan parameter adjustment via a single mouse click. FAST also comes with solutions which enhance workflow efficiency of clinical applications, such as FAST Spine which can be extremely time-consuming when performed manually.

CARE kV is again a feature developed to enhance kV and mA settings according to the patient and exam type while ensuring low radiation dose without compromising on high image quality.

Siemens CARE technologies have been developed to ensure patients are exposed to the lowest radiation dose while meeting specific diagnostic objectives of an imaging study. The CARE Dashboard which is the central interface window that displays complete dose reduction features activated before a scan; allows the active management of doses.

Edited by Brooke Neuman