Seeking to drive down patient radiation dose, Siemens Healthcare unveiled a new technology platform for its CT scanners, one that not only cuts dose but speeds the exam and promotes more efficient patient handling.

FAST CARE (which stands for Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies and Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure) simplifies workflow during scanning and the preparation of image reconstructions. It also cuts radiation dose and exam times. The key is automation, as algorithms take over time-consuming tasks, suggest parameters for those affecting image quality and dose reduction, and standardize processes. Natural consequences, according to the company, are faster, safer, and more reproducible results.