The Food and Drug Administration has cleared Siemens Healthcare’s Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition. The Mammomat lowers patient radiation dose up to 30% by replacing the standard scatter radiation grid with a new algorithm for progressive image reconstruction.

Siemens’ new reconstruction algorithm for the Mammomat Inspiration system is called Prime (Progressive Reconstruction, Intelligently Minimizing Exposure). The Prime algorithm corrects the scattered radiation by identifying scatter-causing structures and recalculating the image, leaving intact the primary radiation upon which radiologists rely. As a result, the design of the Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition removes the need for a grid.