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TMCNet:  Siemens Healthcare introduces new version of imaging software

[December 14, 2012]

Siemens Healthcare introduces new version of imaging software

Dec 14, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Siemens Healthcare, a supplier of medical imaging, medical information technology and hearing aids, has introduced the new version, or VA20, of its routine 3D and advanced reading software syngo.via.


This new version features expanded mobile applications as well as enhanced functionality and additional applications. Siemens also unveiled an entry-level software package for 3D visualization of computed tomography (CT) examinations. The new syngo.via version supports hospitals and practices enhance efficiency by means of IT.

The new version of syngo.via offers optional applications that can be used in reviewing mammograms. Furthermore, as scans can be compared with images from other modalities without the need to switch applications, syngo.via helps streamline workflow. In addition, new applications for syngo.via include, among others, MR Vascular Analysis for quantifying vascular findings. If the radiologist identifies a stenosis, for example, the software can provide quantitative information such as the length or degree of the constriction in the blood vessel, the company said.

Another new feature, called Region Growing enables syngo.via users to better visualize anatomical structures from volume datasets, for example from vascular or neurological examinations. This improved view assists both the diagnosis and surgical planning. The new feature, Automatic Spine Labeling, automatically labels the vertebrae in 2D and 3D images from CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), allowing the radiologist to quickly refer to these labels when dictating a diagnosis rather than having to identify the vertebrae manually.

With syngo.via Element, Siemens introduced an entry-level solution for 3D routine and advanced reading. This software package is based on the latest syngo.via version and includes applications and functionalities specifically designed for reading CT studies.

A new version of the mobile application syngo.via WebViewer was also introduced. Users are not only able to view images and reports, but when they find themselves without access to a diagnostic workstation, they can now perform diagnostic reading directly on the iPad. Syngo.via WebViewer provides access to images from MRI, CT and now also images from computed and digital radiography, PET (positron emission tomography), and PET/CT devices, the company added.

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