Lee Health’s Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers, Fla., recently became the first U.S. healthcare institution to install the SOMATOM X.ceed, a single-source CT scanner from Siemens Healthineers. Designed for all diagnostic procedures with an emphasis on cardiac and trauma imaging, it combines high-speed scanning capabilities and advanced resolution with a new hardware/software combination to streamline CT-guided interventions. 

Sharing with the SOMATOM X.cite the distinction of having a 82 cm bore, the SOMATOM X.ceed has a rotation speed of 0.25s to ensure a high native temporal resolution and reduce motion artifacts. It also possesses a scan speed of 262mm/s for consistent image quality across the entire field of view; a focal point at 0.4×0.5 for increased spatial resolution; and 1300 mA power reserves, to enable a high level of imagequality for larger patients at a low dose.  

Moreover, the new myNeedle Companion feature combines hardware innovations and intuitive software to coordinate the planning and guidance of percutaneous needle procedures. myNeedle Guide 3D, an optional, fully integrated software package, supports complex interventional procedures and includes as an option a scanner-integrated laser guidance system.

“Siemens Healthineers is proud to have Gulf Coast Medical Center be the first U.S. healthcare facility to install the SOMATOM X.ceed, which further enhances myExam Companion’s intelligent user interface to standardize and streamline workflows while providing high-resolution imaging at the lowest possible patient dose,” says Douglas Ryan, vice president of CT at Siemens Healthineers North America. “By using myNeedle Companion with the fully integrated myNeedle Laser, Gulf Coast Medical physicians can perform complex interventions with greater confidence.”

William Hearn, DO, a diagnostic radiology specialist at Lee Health’s Gulf Coast Medical Center, also spoke out about the equipment acquisition, commenting: “Lee Health is committed to excellence and dedicated to providing patients with the most innovative, high-quality care available. We are pleased to bring this state-of-the-art technology to Southwest Florida, as it will be a very beneficial addition for patient diagnosis due to its consistent and high-resolution imaging capabilities.“