German medical technology company Siemens Healthineers has unveiled its range of minimally invasive interventional systems in the UK market.

The new suite of systems is comprised of the four mobile C-arms featuring the Cios Fusion, Cios Connect, Cios Select, and the premium Cios Alpha system.

The devices are designed to promote high-performance and low-dose settings, while offering good image quality and precision.

They can be used within the operating theatre for a range of applications including orthopaedics, traumatology and vascular surgery.

Siemens Healthcare X-ray business manager Joanne Barry said: “As hospitals experience an ever increasing demand for advanced technology and greater image quality, the new range of Cios C-arms meets those needs and provides a high-level of performance.

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“The new mobile systems feature a compact design and greater ease of use, ensuring enhanced productivity in hospitals to help maintain an efficient workflow.

“Elevated heat capacity and a high-current range offered by the X-ray tubes also help to ensure consistently excellent image quality.”

The Cios Fusion is based on a flat panel detector technology and offers better field of vision.

The image does not have any geometrical distortion offering a higher greyscale resolution, allowing a clear vision of various anatomical structures.

Cios Fusion is also fitted with a touchscreen at the side of the operating table enabling the surgeon to control the C-arm within the sterile area of work.

The Cios Connect system is a lightweight model that promotes easy handling in the operating theatre with low-service costs.

It can be used for vascular imaging projecting individual images simultaneously in subtracted view and in X-ray view.

The device uses subtraction process to issue pulsed X-rays ensuring better anatomical penetration. It is also fitted with a removable anti-scatter grid which provides paediatric treatment at the lowest achievable dose.

Cios Select uses image processing algorithm IDEAL (Intelligent Dose Efficiency Algorithm) to generate high image quality made possible by a continuous contrast and brightness adjustments as well as an automatic dose-performance adjustment.

"The Cios Connect system is a lightweight model that promotes easy handling in the operating theatre with low-service costs."

The user-friendly device offers a subtraction function that removes overlays on the image caused by bones in vascular imaging.

The premium version of Cios Alpha is based on a revised version of the Cios software featuring large preview images on the touchscreen making it easier for operating theatre staff to select the proper image settings.

Its metal correction function deals with metal components in the image to intensify the surrounding tissue.

Image: Siemens’ mobile C-arm. Photo: courtesy of Stephanie Evans.