New healthcare products for the environmental portfolio

Siemens has incorporated three further healthcare products into its environmental portfolio: The Somatom Definition Flash computer tomograph, the Axiom Luminos dRF fluoroscopy system and the Ysio X-ray system have successfully completed both internal evaluation and an external audit. Backing up their clinical performance and energy efficiency, the devices present a convincing case thanks to their low material usage and dosage reduction compared to their predecessors.

Photo: New healthcare products for the environmental portfolio
Photo: New healthcare products for the environmental portfolio

Within Siemens, an important role is played not only by environmentally compatible product design and energy-efficient manufacture, but also by the environmental portfolio. The products and solutions it contains all make a direct and verifiable contribution to protecting the environment and combating global warming. With these newcomers to its range, Siemens Healthcare is now contributing eleven products to Siemens AG's environmental portfolio. A comprehensive description of these medical devices may be found in the current report on environmental protection and occupational health and safety which Siemens Healthcare has recently
published in both German and international versions.
Since 2006 Siemens Healthcare has operated a globally uniform EHS (Environment, Health & Safety) management system, which alongside important elements relating to environmental and radiation protection also incorporates internationally recognized occupational health and safety management systems. The "Report Environmental Protection, Occupational Health and Safety 2010" presents Siemens Healthcare's achievements in relation to EHS during fiscal 2009. "We not only acknowledge our responsibility to the environment, which we seek to protect with environmentally compatible products. We also want to offer our employees safe jobs, and part of this is, for example, protection against hazardous substances or exposure to radiation." said Dr. Freimut Schröder, Head of Environment, Health and Safety for Siemens Healthcare.

Within the environmental protection measures at Siemens, the environmental portfolio assumes a particular significance, as the means by which Siemens meets challenges such as increasing urbanization, growing shortages of natural resources and the associated requirements in terms of environmental and climate protection. The environmental portfolio is made up of products which are energy- and resource-efficient, and thus help customers cut CO2 emissions, reduce product lifecycle costs and improve the ecological performance of their company. This involves not just the ecological aspects of the products and solutions, but also the analysis of future technological developments. Siemens' Sustainability Board checks whether the product concerned is to be incorporated into the environmental portfolio or not. Positive decisions are also checked by an independent external auditor. In the last few years the Healthcare Sector's "green" portfolio has
also grown steadily in terms of sales volumes. While in 2008 it accounted for just eight percent of
sales, by 2010 this figure had grown to twelve percent.
The year 2010 saw three healthcare products incorporated into the Siemens environmental portfolio. During a thorax examination, the Somatom Definition Flash Computer Tomograph uses on average 45 percent less energy than its predecessor, the Somatom Definition, while the corresponding saving on a cardiac examination amounts to some 85 percent. The Somatom Definition Flash offers the highest speeds and lowest radiation levels of any CT scanner currently on the market. A cardiac scan, for example, can be performed with less than one millisievert (mSv), while the average effective dose for this procedure generally amounts to between 8 and 20 mSv. In addition, the lead usually required in the counterweights that balance the rotating parts of CT machines can be dispensed with. This is because the Somatom Definition Flash no longer needs counterweights, as innovative new construction techniques have reduced the out-of-balance
forces, and the remaining imbalances are compensated for by using steel as a material. With the Axiom Luminos dRF Fluoroscopy System, savings of some 35 percent on energy consumption are achievable over the entire product lifecycle compared with the Axiom Iconos R200 Fluoroscopy System used under the same workload conditions. As the Axiom Luminos dRF operates digitally, film cassettes are no longer necessary, and work processes can be completed more quickly. In addition the device has a smaller footprint, because as a 2-in-1-system it is suitable both for fluoroscopy and for radiography. Special CARE (Combined Applications for Reduced Exposure) applications help the operator to work with reduced dosage levels.
Per patient examination, the digital Ysio X-ray System uses 20 percent less energy compared with the Aristos MX/VX X-Ray System. As it requires no film cassettes, it contributes to material savings and helps avoid waste in hospitals and physician's practices. The latest generation of detectors offers high image quality. The wi-D Wireless Detector, the multifunctional MaxTouch operator display and the 500 or so individual programmable system positions ensure optimal workflows.


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