At the 2018 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress (25–29 August, Munich, Germany), Siemens Healthineers launched Magnetom Sola Cardiovascular Edition—a 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner that is specifically designed for cardiovascular examinations. A press release reports that Siemens Healthineers seeks to help healthcare providers by making it easier to take advantage of the unique diagnostic information provided by cardiovascular MRI.
The first Magnetom Sola Cardiovascular Edition will be installed at the Marienhospital Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in the coming months. Christoph Jensen (head of Cardiology, Marienhospital Gelsenkirchen, Germany) says: “That is why it is important for us to have a faster and high-quality cardiac imaging system that will reliably deliver the information we need to assist our decision-making.”
Philipp Fischer, general manager Cardiology at Siemens Healthineers, says: “We think there is huge potential in incorporating cardiovascular MRI in clinical treatment pathways and making a significant difference to patient care. Magnetom Sola Cardiovascular Edition incorporates our very latest technologies with the specific aim of providing the maximum diagnostic information in cardiovascular examinations. This leads to faster, more reliable, and definitive diagnoses for a larger number of patients with underlying ischaemic, structural, and arrhythmogenic conditions. This in turn enables us to deliver vital outcome-related information for therapy decisions and thereby optimise patient treatment pathways. The patient benefits from fast access to the right treatment, avoiding the need for unnecessary examinations or procedures. Not only can this reduce cost, it may also improve the treatment outcome, which is in the interests of both the patient and the healthcare provider.”
Christoph Zindel, senior vice president and general manager Magnetic Resonance at Siemens Healthineers, notes: “Magnetom Sola Cardiovascular Edition represents a further milestone in the systematic development of MRI for cardiovascular diagnostics and treatment. Its innovative applications can cut examination times down to 20 minutes and clarify a broad range of clinical questions in cardiology. The many options it offers in tissue characterisation make Cardiovascular MRI an essential element on the path to precision medicine. This is why we, as market leader in MRI, developed this edition.”