MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - Siemens Healthcare is the first medical engineering company to offer a
Low Dose Information Center on the Web. This English-language platform
for continuing education and information around the topic of dose
reduction is aimed at doctors and clinical personnel. The range of
topics covered includes basic information on X-ray radiation, technical
innovations relating to dose reduction and sample applications and dose
protocols from day-to-day clinical activities. The content is broken
down according to specialist areas and all important imaging methods
which make use of X-rays or radioactive ionizing radiation. The Low
Dose Information Center can be accessed with immediate effect at www.siemens.com/low-dose.
Regular training and up-to-date information are important factors in the
reduction of radiation exposure in radiology and nuclear medicine. This
is why physicians and clinical staff will with immediate effect have
access to an information platform on low dose matters, Siemens' Low
Dose Information Center. There they can obtain training and information
material on possible dose reduction for all important Siemens devices
which produce clinical images using X-rays or radioactive radiation.
With its many technical innovations, Siemens Healthcare has already
contributed to the reduction of radiation dose levels in diagnostic and
interventional radiology. The company is now offering more than 40
low-dose applications for its imaging methods, the Combined
Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE). These include applications
which enable cuts in dose levels coupled with consistent image quality.
The CARE applications also prepare examination reports containing
patient data, the respective protocol and dose values. Clinics can
analyze this information according to certain criteria, and optimize
their protocols and processes accordingly.
In order to support the training of users, Siemens has become the first
manufacturer of medical engineering products to publish a "Guide to Low Dose". As well as basic information on the
subject of radiation exposure, this handbook contains comprehensive
notes on how dose levels for all relevant imaging methods can be cut,
in order to protect patients and clinical staff.
At the start of 2010 Siemens set up the SIERRA (Siemens Radiation
Reduction Alliance) initiative and established a panel of experts,
which aims at driving forward dose reduction in computed tomography
(CT). The members of the Low Dose Expert Panel are fifteen specialists
in radiology, cardiology and physics, who are internationally
recognized for their publications on dose levels in CT. The body
already has some results to show for its efforts, including the
development of training material for CT users, which is now available
in the Low Dose Information Center.
Siemens has also organized an "International CT Image Contest", the
second such event to have taken place. This involves institutes and
clinics submitting their best clinical images recorded with Siemens CT
scanners and using minimal X-ray dose levels to a jury made up of
internationally acknowledged professors. The winners of this year's
competition will be announced in November 2011 at the Congress of the
Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.
The link to the Low Dose Information Center is www.siemens.com/low-dose.
The Guide to Low Dose is available for downloading at www.siemens.com/dose-reduction-leadership
Inquiries about the Low Dose Information Center can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The products mentioned here are not commercially available in all
countries. Due to regulatory reasons the future availability in any
country cannot be guaranteed. Further details are available from the
local Siemens organizations.
About Siemens Healthcare
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the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging,
laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing
aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the
entire range of patient care from a single source - from prevention and
early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By
optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens
also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens
Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around
the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted
revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros.
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