Siemens launches low-cost editions of 16 and 64-slice CT scanners
16 March 2010
Siemens Healthcare introduced their Excel Editions for
computed tomography at the European Congress of Radiology this month.
With its favorable price/performance ratio, this new scanner
family makes it easier for hospitals and medical practices
throughout the world to enter the world of computed tomography.
The Somatom Emotion Excel Edition is based on the Somatom
Emotion, a 16-row CT scanner whose qualities have been proven by its
large number of installed systems.
The Somatom Definition AS Excel Edition edition is an affordable
version of the high-end, 64-slice Somatom Definition AS scanner. It
combines a comprehensive portfolio of dose-saving features such as
the Adaptive Dose Shield with outstanding clinical performance and
highly advanced clinical applications.
Both new CT scanners will be available for delivery worldwide in
With the Excel Editions of its Somatom Emotion and Somatom
Definition AS CT scanners, Siemens Healthcare is introducing two
especially cost-effective entry-level models for 16-row and
64-row computed tomography to the market.
“Our goal is to offer cost-effective scanners to especially
price-conscious customers without making any tradeoffs regarding
performance, image quality and dose reduction. This is exactly what
the systems from our Excel Edition offer, not only to the advantage
of clinics and practices, but to the benefit of patients as well,
because considerably more patients than ever before can thus profit
from the advantages of these leves of CT examination“, said Dr. Sami
Atiya, CEO of Computed Tomography at Siemens Healthcare.
Above all, the Somatom Emotion Excel Edition should enable
price-conscious radiological departments to use a 16-row CT scanner
with which all routine examinations can be covered. The performance
features of this CT scanner are primarily aimed at accelerating the
owner’s return on investment and reducing the total cost of
ownership over the lifecycle of the system.
For example, its especially low energy consumption and low heat
dissipation reduce the costs for the power supply and air
conditioning over the life of the CT system.
The Somatom Definition AS Excel Edition addresses the growing
market for entry-level 64-slice scanners that currently faces a
strong trend towards commoditization, however at the same time
also requires specialized examinations such as noninvasive cardiac