September 17, 2019

FDA Clears Siemens Healthineers' Artis icono Family of Angiography Systems

September 16, 2019—Siemens Healthineers announced FDA clearance for the Artis icono family of high-precision angiography systems that permit a wide range of minimally invasive procedures to be performed in a single interventional suite.

The Artis icono floor is a floor-mounted, single-plane system for vascular, interventional cardiology, surgical, and oncology procedures. The Artis icono biplane system is designed for use in neuroradiology and abdominal imaging.

According to the company, the Artis icono platform features the following:

  • A new Optiq image chain for processing two-dimensional (2D) imaging. Optiq increases image quality across a wide range of C-arm angles and patient weights, regulating acquisition parameters to automatically achieve optimal image contrast at patient radiation doses that conform to the “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” guiding principle for radiation safety.
  • Improved road map function, which creates subtracted angiography images for easier navigation of the patient’s vascular system during subsequent fluoroscopy, allowing dose reduction during the fluoro mode.
  • Enhanced ease of use through Case Flows, which provide personalized workflow plans to optimize imaging parameters and system positions, in addition to displaying layouts for the entire procedure. Case Flows adapt to user needs, providing flexibility when executing certain sequences. Users can standardize procedures across multiple Artis icono labs for improved outcomes and more consistent documentation.

The Artis icono floor is a flexible, multiaxis floor system with ceiling-like flexibility and a footprint of 269 square feet. It provides coverage of patients up to 6 feet, 8 inches in height without repositioning, as well as lateral coverage of 6.23 feet, which is ideal for radial access. The additional axis allows the Artis icono floor to achieve virtually the same angles as a ceiling-mounted system and free space for anesthesia carts, echocardiography systems, and patient monitors without the cost of a ceiling-mounted unit.

Siemens Healthineers commented that the Artis icono biplane system for neurointerventions and interventional radiology provides enhanced 2D and three-dimensional (3D) imaging as well as improved visualization of difficult-to-delineate structures.

The Artis icono biplane for stroke treatment and other neurointerventional procedures includes the syngo DynaCT Sine Spin, a new form of cone-beam CT that provides images with fewer cone beam CT artifacts in the basal part of the brain and close to the skull. Syngo DynaCT Multiphase produces time-resolved cone beam CT volumes, depicting 10 different time points within 60 seconds without moving the patient to a CT system.

Additionally, syngo DynaCT High Speed can substantially shorten low-contrast 3D imaging from 20 seconds to 8 seconds to deliver CT-like images that are less susceptible to movement artifacts. The Twin Spin feature enables clinicians to seamlessly switch between 2D biplanar imaging and 3D imaging, accelerating workflow, and simplifying 3D imaging for intraprocedural progress checks.

The Artis icono biplane provides rapid flexibility for multidisciplinary lab use. With the Lateral Pane Switch, the user can shift the detector’s position from the patient’s right side (for interventional radiology procedures) to the left side (for cardiovascular procedures) in under 90 seconds.


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