Siemens Healthineers (ETR: SHL) announced that the FDA has cleared its Multix Impact C ceiling-mounted digital radiography (DR) system as well as the Multix Impact VA20, a new version of the established floor-mounted parent DR system.
The Multix Impact C and the Multix Impact VA20 were designed with an intuitive operating system, versatile wireless detectors, motorized tube heads, and a free-floating, flat tabletop for easier patient access, according to the company. With the X-ray tube’s touch user interface, the radiologic technologist can remain by the patient’s side for longer periods. When in the control room, the technologist can continuously monitor the patient via the myExam 2D camera.
The myExam Companion user interface on both systems offers guidance to help technologists of any skill level navigate a radiography procedure, according to Siemens. Combining available patient data with other user or machine-observable, patient-specific information, myExam Companion can identify optimal acquisition and reconstruction parameters for each patient and procedure, the company said.
The camera-based Smart Virtual Ortho feature enables the technologist to set the field of view and adjust exposure parameters on the touchscreen using a live camera image of the patient, so long-leg and full-spine examinations can be set up and performed more easily. Auto Full-Spine and Auto Long-Leg Collimation features use automated, artificial intelligence-based body part detection and collimation to accelerate spine and leg examination workflows by analyzing the patient’s contour and adjusting the collimator blades in under half a second.
“With this FDA clearance, Siemens Healthineers pushes the boundaries of what is possible in radiography,” said Niral Patel, VP of X-ray products at Siemens Healthineers North America, in a news release. “We can now deliver both floor-mounted and ceiling-mounted options with automation, artificial intelligence, and safety features that expand our customers’ capabilities in digital radiography.”