Would you like to learn what the differences between the CT Scanners in the Siemens Somatom Sensation series are?
Or are you considering purchasing a CT Scanner from Siemens and this series caught your attention?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you arrived at the right place!
This CT-Scanner series has had success worldwide. It offers several models to choose from. In this blog post, we will introduce and compare:
All these systems are water-cooled and generally, require an outdoor chiller. They operate on the syngo application platform, which is intuitive to operate and shares the design with that of other Siemens’ modalities. The multi-modality interconnectivity is popular among practitioners and is an advantage that you get when you own Siemens’ system.
By the end of this article, you should have a good insight into the Somatom Sensation series available in the market for used medical equipment. However, if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Siemens Somatom Sensation 4 and 10
First, let’s talk about the Somatom Sensation 4 and 10. These are the CT Scanners from this series that have been on the market the longest.
You can find Sensation 4 and 10 that have been manufactured in, for instance, 2001, 2002, or 2003.
Both are entry-level multislice CT scanners. If you are looking for a low-price system that will perform the scanning but will not provide the highest image quality, then these CT scanners could be the option for you. Nevertheless, keep in mind that there are not many left in the market.
Next, we will look at the Somatom Sensation 16.
This CT scanner is similar to the Sensation 10 but has 16 slices instead and therefore provides better performance.
Additionally, it comes with an optional feature Straton, which allows for a faster gantry rotation speed of up to 0.37 seconds.
As the rest of the series, it provides great technical capabilities that can serve a wide range of clinical applications.
The Somatom Sensation 16 carries several options that ensure good images and accurate examinations. Therefore, it is a great choice if you are in need of good quality images that can be obtained fast and with ease.
Furthermore, with the CARE Dose4D technology, it can produce images at low doses, regardless of patient size and anatomy. Through its fully automated dose management, it can reduce the radiation dose by 66%.
Finally, this CT Scanner has a number of features that are optional and can further extend the system’s capabilities. These features include the Speed4D Technology. It is a feature package that facilitates faster imaging speed and other applications and workflow management tools.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly CT scanner that is stable, fast, and more advanced than the Sensation 4 and 10, this system is the right option.
Siemens Somatom Sensation 40
The following system is the Somatom Sensation 40.
This CT Scanner provides access to z-Sharp technology, which was introduced with the Sensation 64, and it comes with the Straton X-ray tube. Siemens z-Sharp technology enables the acquisition of 40 slices per rotation and an isotropic resolution of less than 0.4-millimetre voxel size.
Siemens designed the Straton X-ray tube and z-sharp technology to eliminate the compromise between speed, resolution, coverage and low dose. Hence, healthcare practitioners can always get optimal results. Furthermore, the Straton tube offers efficient tube cooling, and thus, there are no delays because of cooling, not even after heavy scanning. The z-Sharp technology utilizes two overlapping X-ray beams. That doubles the scan information without a corresponding increase in dose, which results in enhanced spatial resolution and image quality.
Also, the Sensation 40-slice comes with Care Dose4D and Speed4D technology that support workflow and dose management. With the gantry rotation speed of up to 0.37 seconds, this CT-Scanner offers high spatial resolution and at the same time fast scan speed.
Last but not least, the Sensation 40 can be upgraded to a 64-slice CT scanner.
Siemens Somatom Sensation 64
The last and most advanced CT Scanner in this line is the Somatom Sensation 64. It is a high-quality system that offers a range of excellent technologies and is great for cardiac imaging.
Siemens made sure that also the Somatom Sensation 64 can perform examinations at a low dose. Thanks to the CARE Dose4D application, which adapts to each individual patient, it reduces the dose with up to 68%. Additionally, this system comes with Adaptive ECG-Pulsing, which is Siemens’ innovative heartbeat-controlled dose modulation.
Instead of using multi-segment reconstruction at higher heart rates, the high temporal resolution of the 64-slice enables you to obtain cardiac images from a single heartbeat. Apart from the Adaptive ECG-Pulsing, it offers sequential cardiac acquisition mode (known as ‘step-and-shoot’) that decreases the dose of cardiac procedures.
With this technique, you can target exposure to only the desired phase of the heart movement. As a result, you can substantially reduce the dose in patients with low, regular heart rates. The additional dose reducing benefit of the Somatom Sensation 64 is that these scan areas are not overlapped, which makes it a truly low dose technique for cardiac acquisition.
To sum up, out of the Somatom Sensation series, the Sensation 64 is the best for cardiac examinations.
CT Scanner Customer Considerations
If you are still not sure which Somatom Sensation is the best fit for your facility, we offer you some points to take into account before purchasing your next CT Scanner:
- The type of studies you will perform
- Your budget
- Your geographical location and competitive environment
- Access to water supply
- Type of your facility and number of patients
- Your expectations for an upgrade
And is a higher slice count always better?
It all depends on what the requirements of your practice are.
Before you start searching for the system with the highest number of slices, consider systems with lower performance but that might be more cost-effective for your setting.
It would be a shame to buy a CT scanner at a higher price that you cannot fully utilize anyway.
To be sure you make the right decision, speak to our professional product managers and get a better insight into your needs.
We hope that now you have a clear overview of the different systems and understand which one is suitable for you.
And to keep in mind?
When selecting your next CT Scanner, strive to achieve the right balance between your clinical needs, your patient throughput goals, and your budget.
If you have a low budget and need to cover only basic needs, systems with fewer slices would be the obvious choice. On the other hand, if you want a system with better performance and can pay a bit more, then you will be satisfied with the 16-slice Somatom Sensation. And to perform high-quality cardiac examinations, go for the 64-slice CT Scanner.
At LBN Medical we offer a range of the Siemens Somatom Sensation CT scanners, just give us a call to find out which ones are in stock.
As mentioned, all CTs in the Sensation series are water-cooled. However, if you are interested in air-cooled systems, check the Siemens Emotion series.