New imaging software for multimodality reading

With syngo.via, Siemens’ new imaging software for multimodality reading of clinical cases, the company is placing special focus on reading efficiency through automated case preparation and structured case navigation across multiple specialties, including cardiology, oncology, and neurology.

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Clinical Efficiency

syngo.via improves workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence levels. For instance, Automated Case Preparation in syngo.via automatically loads images into the appropriate application and sorts them into the corresponding layout – pre-processed according to the disease-specific requirements, thereby eliminating the need to manually choose the application, load data, and select corresponding layouts. With just one click, physicians can begin viewing and reading images their way, according to their needs. When calling up a cardiac CT case, for example, syngo.via selects a suitable cardiac application, automatically removes the blood pool and ribs, selects an appropriate cardiac phase, and displays the images in the corresponding layout. The coronary arteries are displayed in such a way that allows the physician to immediately begin reading the case.

Case Navigator functionality is yet another way syngo.via supports structured workflow, by categorizing various workflow steps and aligning the proper images to each corresponding step. In an MRI whole-body case, the extensive image series is automatically structured into layouts and workflow steps - sorted according to body regions - reducing physician’s need to search and sort data and enabling advanced reading to begin as soon as the exam concludes. Furthermore, during the reading process, findings and measurements can be automatically tracked and listed with Findings Navigator, which allows users to effectively navigate between various findings with just one click. What’s more, the software automatically integrates the finding into a tailored and context-specific report.

Innovative Imaging and IT Integration

Since it is crucial that radiologists and cardiologist have access to advanced reading applications on their existing PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) workstations, syngo.via has been designed to integrate with existing PACS and Radiology Information Systems of all major vendors. What’s more, in conjunction with Siemens’ newest corresponding PACS, syngo.plaza, images do not need to be additionally sent from the imaging device since syngo.plaza drives the entire image routing process.

Image results can now even be accessed through web portals so that, for example, referring physicians can view images and results anywhere, further demonstrating how syngo.via transforms the entire workflow from planning to reading, therapy, and result sharing, bringing advanced reading into the clinical routine.

26.01.2010

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