Siemens Healthcare introduces first Twin Robotic X-Ray system

Robotic arms allow tube and detector to be precisely positioned, enabling all body areas to be X-rayed in 3D under natural weight condition for the first time

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The two ceiling-mounted arms on Multitom Rax can be moved into position automatically using robotic technology (Photo courtesy: Siemens Healthcare)

Siemens Healthcare launches the first Twin Robotic X-Ray system, Multitom Rax (Robotic Advanced X-ray) at the University Hospital Erlangen today.

Multitom Rax (Robotic Advanced X-ray) enables a wide variety of examinations in a range of clinical areas to be performed using only a single X-ray system for the first time. In addition to conventional 2D X-rays, the system also makes it possible to perform fluoroscopy examinations, angiography applications and even 3D imaging. The operator is always in full control of the system's movement. By the push of a button, both robotic arms are being positioned fully automatically around the patient, improving both safety and convenience. There is no need to move the patient on the system or to change rooms for further imaging procedures, which makes examinations less painful and less time-consuming. Work processes in hospitals can be improved and economic efficiency increased.

"We see the Multitom Rax as a universal device that covers all aspects of X-ray diagnostics. You could call it radiology's answer to the Swiss army knife," says Prof. Michael Lell, senior physician at the Imaging Science Institute of the University Hospital Erlangen.

The new system can be used in a wide range of applications, from emergency medicine to orthopedics, angiography or fluoroscopy, and can thus help optimize clinical work processes. The fact that the detector can be freely positioned means that quite different X-ray images, both static and dynamic, can be taken in a single room using a single system. That saves time and avoids unnecessary costs, since specially installed modalities for examinations that are not performed on a daily basis can be uneconomical for hospitals. On the other hand, systems that are in regular use can cause lengthy waiting times, and this is where the new X-ray scanner can help ease the burden. Multitom Rax makes work processes economically efficient, while still being able to offer a wide range of examinations.

The two ceiling-mounted arms on Multitom Rax can be moved into position automatically using robotic technology, and they can also be moved manually, servo motor supported, when required - to make fine adjustments, for example. While one arm moves the X-ray tube and the large touchscreen, the other carries the 43 x 43 cm flat panel detector, which can record static, dynamic and real 3D sequences. "The robotic technology ensures a new level of precision and automation, enabling a new level of standardization and throughput", explains Mr Francois Nolte, head of the X-ray Products Business Line at Siemens Healthcare. He added, "The precise positioning of the arms in all three planes makes the examinations so much easier: regardless of whether the patient is standing, sitting or lying down, the robotic arms move with perfect accuracy using robotic technology. Our strategy is based on the principle that the system moves, not the patient, which reduces risk of additional injuries and pain."

 

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