The Somatom Perspective computed tomography (CT) system from Siemens has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its 16- and 32-slice iterations, joining the 64- and 128-slice versions approved in 2012. According to Siemens, the system offers one of the lowest total costs of ownership on the market. Designed to make high-quality imaging accessible to community and critical access hospitals as well as outpatient imaging centers, the Somatom complies with the Nema XR-29 Smart Dose Standard for reduced patient exposure.

Suitable for facilities that require high-volume, routine scanning, the 16-slice model is designed for head, neck, lung, and abdominal imaging along with location of the correct site for delivery of analgesics during surgery. The 32-slice configuration helps provide detailed imaging for bone fractures, inner ear examinations, and vascular applications.

The 16- and 32-slice models are automatically included with Siemens’ Sinogram (is this correct?) Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction (SAFIRE) algorithm, a CT reconstruction method based on raw data. The tool enables users to reduce patient dose by up to 60% or to improve image quality correspondingly.

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