by Brendon Nafziger
, DOTmed News Associate Editor | August 20, 2012
Siemens Healthcare announced the first U.S. install of its recently released "business class" CT scanner.
In a press release Monday, the German industrial giant said 537-bed Northside Hospital-Atlanta has installed the Somatom Perspective, a 128-slice CT scanner cleared by the Food and Drug Administration in June
Siemens has marketed the device, which debuted at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting in November, as a lower-cost but still high-end scanner appropriate for community hospitals.
For those who need to move fast and expand clinical capabilities -- and would love new equipment -- the uCT 550 Advance offers a new fully configured 80-slice CT in up to 2 weeks with routine maintenance and parts and Software Upgrades for Life™ included.
The system features Siemens' dose-reducing iterative reconstruction technology Safire and an automated scan parameter program, eMode, that Siemens says could reduce tube power and extend the life of the system.