The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance for Siemens Healthcare’s Multitom Rax robotic advanced x-ray system.

The new diagnostic imaging system offers a range of examinations in multiple clinical areas, including emergency medicine, pain management and orthopaedics, as well as conventional 2D radiography, fluoroscopy examinations and angiography applications.

Claimed to be the world’s first twin robotic x-ray system, the Multitom Rax holds the capability to capture 3D natural weight-bearing images.

The system features a height-adjustable patient table and two independent ceiling-mounted robotic arms for the x-ray tube head and a flat-panel detector for positioning anywhere in the room.

Siemens Healthcare North America x-ray products vice-president Martin Silverman said: "With the Multitom Rax, Siemens is proud to introduce the world’s first Twin Robotic x-ray system.

"This universal x-ray system delivers unprecedented versatility for healthcare facilities.

"This universal x-ray system delivers unprecedented versatility for healthcare facilities."

"Now, clinicians can perform a multitude of imaging exams in one room without moving the patient.

"With the Multitom Rax, we’re opening a new chapter in x-ray technology."

In order to make fine adjustments, both robotic arms of the system can be moved into position automatically or manually with the help of a servo motor.

One robotic arm will be used to move the x-ray tube and the other arm carries a 17in flat panel detector to capture real 3D sequences.

The company noted the operator is always in control of the system’s movement and is able to position both robotic arms precisely and safely around the patient.

Other built-in features such as combined applications to reduce exposure (CARE) and precise positioning of the system help to reduce patient radiation dose. The system’s 3D ready image capabilities offer better diagnostic and planning certainty than images that do not reflect a natural weight-bearing condition.

Conventional 2D x-rays do not always reveal fine hairline fractures in the bone, in cases of a suspected bone fracture. The patient usually requires a computed tomography (CT) 3D image to confirm the diagnosis.