Sep 5, 2012
FDA clearance for Siemens Multix Fusion digital radiography
MALVERN, PA, 4 September 2012 – Siemens Healthcare has announced that the Multix Fusion digital radiography system has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is now commercially available in the United States. Supporting the full spectrum of routine radiography at an affordable price, the Multix Fusion features state-of-the-art components such as a digital cassette-sized flat-panel detector, height-adjustable table with a 660-pound weight capacity, and a touch screen at the overhead tube suspension for exam parameter changes at the patient’s side.
With a high level of reliability and attractive service contracts that help keep its operating costs comparatively low, the Multix Fusion combines innovation and price competitiveness – two components of Siemens Healthcare’s Agenda 2013 global initiative. The analog version of the Multix Fusion was introduced in March 2012.
"Siemens understands the challenges facing healthcare providers and is committed to being a solutions-oriented partner for our customers,” said Gerhard Schmiedel, vice president of X-Ray Products at Siemens Healthcare. “The Multix Fusion provides leading digital radiography technology that gives customers outstanding image quality and improved clinical workflow while being sensitive to current financial and healthcare reform challenges.”
The Multix Fusion is designed to help users easily position patients on the system or move the digital detector to accommodate patient location. The detector has nearly unlimited positioning flexibility, covering most routine applications. The Multix Fusion provides outstanding image contrast with its DiamondView Plus on-board post-processing tool, and the automated image processing parameter provides settings based on organ programs. A 71-inch-long telescopic column allows the tube to be pulled down directly above the floor even in rooms with high ceilings, so patients can avoid climbing onto the table for examinations such as foot images. The ergonomic, height-adjustable table facilitates patient positioning and can hold up to 660 pounds.
With the Multix Fusion, customers can choose from several system variants, depending on their requirements. Options range from the simplest version with ceiling-mounted tube and cassette to the complete digital X-ray system, which includes the cassette-sized flat-panel detector, table, and wall stand.
Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, the Agenda 2013 program is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector's innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.