Siemens introduces revolutionary nuclear cardiology imaging system
4 May 2005
Siemens Medical Solutions has announced that its c.cam — a unique,
reclining dedicated cardiac gamma camera system — will be available for the
European market. First introduced at the annual meeting of the American
Society of Nuclear Cardiology 2003, the rising number of nuclear
applications in Europe also requires a gamma camera system specialised for
examinations of the heart.
c.cam’s myocardial viability and perfusion capabilities will offer
cardiologists increased diagnostic confidence, and the system’s fully
integrated software allows analysis of ejection fraction and wall motion.
This new system enhances imaging accuracy and efficiency, enabling the
cardiologist to start an early therapy or plan more exactly.
But the c.cam also improves patient comfort with a reclining chair that
will thereby help deliver improved image quality. Patients can sit back
comfortably in the chair throughout the imaging procedure, decreasing the
patients’ fidgeting or movement. This reduces the presence of motion
artifacts and improves diagnostic image quality. The reclining chair — which
patients have compared to their recliner at home — also provides easier
access for patients with mobility challenges, and increased comfort for
those with arthritis or other painful conditions.
“Patient motion is one of the biggest problems in nuclear cardiology,”
explained Dr. Churchwell, director of Nuclear Cardiology at Page-Campbell
Cardiology Group, Nashville, Tennessee/USA. “We’ve found so far with the
c.cam that there is a decrease in the amount of motion with patients, and
the images have been in many cases better than a traditional gamma camera,
both in contrast and image resolution.”
For its exceptional design the c.cam was recognized with two awards in
2004. The Interna-tional Design (I.D.) Magazine – America’s leading critical
magazine covering the art, business and culture of design – has awarded the
c.cam with a Design Distinction honor in the Equipment Category in its 50th
Annual Design Review. The product also was given a 2004 Excellence in Design
Award by Appliance Manufacturer (AM) magazine in the Medical
Appliances/Laboratory Equipment category.
The c.cam also is a compact system that can fit into a variety of
environments, including both medical practices and hospitals — given that
it’s syngo-compatible. Syngo is the uniform user interface developed by
Siemens. It is an intuitive software platform for all imaging modalities and
systems. syngo simplifies operating processes across various systems, such
as magnetic resonance imaging or CT. The 8-foot by 8-foot system footprint
fits easily into most exam rooms without the need for extensive and costly
remodeling, and system installations take just two days.