Whilst trolling for information about who is approved for what and who isn’t, I stumbled across something quite interesting. It seems that Siemens is about to revamp its backbone software with a new version called “syngo.x”. From the FDA 510(k) summary:
syngo.x is a software solution intended to be used for viewing, manipulation, communication, and storage of medical images. It can be used as a stand-alone device or together with a variety of cleared and unmodified syngo.x based software options. syngo.x supports interpretation and evaluation of examinations within healthcare institutions, for example, in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Cardiology environments. The system is not intended for the displaying of digital mammography images for diagnosis in the U.S.
syngo.x is based on Windows. Due to special customer requirements and the clinical focus syngo.x can be configured in the same way as the syngo MultiModality Workplace with different combinations of syngo.x- or Windows -based software options and clinical applications which are intended to assist the physician in diagnosis and/or treatment planning. This includes commercially available post-processing software packages.
svngo.x Data Management
… ensures all authorized personnel fast and continuous access to radiological data. It’s main functionality ranges from availability of images with regard to
data security, open interfaces, storage media and central system administration, to provide a flexible storage hierarchy.
The Workflow Management enables by integration of any HL7- / DICOMcompatible RIS (IHE Year 5) to the syngo product family a consistent workflow – from patient registration to requirement scheduling to a personal work list and supports therefore reporting, documentation or administrative tasks.
syngo.x is a “software. only” system, which will be delivered on CD-ROM /DVD to be installed on common IT hardware. This hardware has to fulfil the defined requirements. The Software will be installed by Siemens service engineers only.
The backend communication and storage solution is based on Windows 2008 operating system. The client machines are based on Windows XP. Any hardware platform, which complies to the specified minimum hardware and software requirements and with successful installation verification and validation activities can be supported. The herewith described syngo.x supports DICOM formatted images and
Sounds like a new edition of syngo is headed our way. We’ll see it at RSNA, I assume….