Siemens Healthcare has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Multitom Rax robotic advanced X-ray system.


The new system will allow a wide range of examinations in multiple clinical areas ranging from emergency medicine and interventional to pain management and orthopedics, as well as conventional 2D radiography to fluoroscopy examinations and angiography applications.

Claimed to be the world’s first twin robotic X-ray system, the Multitom Rax holds capability to capture 3D natural weight-bearing images.

Siemens Healthcare North America X-ray products vice-president Martin Silverman said: "With the Multitom Rax, Siemens is proud to introduce the world’s first Twin Robotic X-ray system.

"This universal X-ray system delivers unprecedented versatility for health care facilities. Now, clinicians can perform a multitude of imaging exams in one room without moving the patient. With the Multitom Rax, we’re opening a new chapter in X-ray technology."

The new system features height-adjustable patient table and two independent ceiling-mounted robotic arms for the X-ray tube head and the flat-panel detector for unlimited positioning freedom anywhere in the room.

To make fine adjustments, both robotic arms of the system can be moved into position automatically or manually with the help of servo motor.

One robotic arm will be used to move the X-ray tube, while the other arm carries the 17" x 17" flat panel detector to capture real 3D sequences.

The system’s other built-in features such as combined applications to reduce exposure (CARE) and precise positioning of the system help in decreasing patient radiation dose.

Image: Siemens’ Multitom Rax robotic X-ray system. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.