The Imaging Science Institute
Germany - The Imaging Science Institute (ISI) — officially opened in December by Professor Werner Bautz, Director of the Institute of Radiology at the University Hospital Erlangen and Professor Erich R Reinhardt, member of the board at Siemens AG and chairman of the divisional board at Siemens Medical Solutions (Erlangen) — is the third institute (after Berlin and Tubingen) in which Siemens is participating with internationally renowned universities, researchers and medics.
Siemens has been integrating strong clinical partners into its R&D activities. From left: Prof Erich R Reinhard;
Prof Torsten Kuwert, Director of the Nuclear Medicine Clinic, University Hospital Erlangen; Prof Werner Bautz; Thomas Schöck, Chancellor, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, and Prof Karl-Dieter Grüske, vice chancellor, University Erlangen-Nuremberg
The aim is to extensively test, optimise and further develop medical systems and technology for everyday life in the clinic, Prof Reinhardt explained.
The ISI Erlangen is equipped with a 64-slice CT and a new generation 1.5 Tesla MRI. Soon the range of equipment will also include a PET/CT system
Whilst the Berlin and Tubingen institutes focus on research into individual aspects of the examination process, the ISI specialises in integrating and optimising individual treatment processes to devise ideal universal concepts for workflow, Siemens reports. ‘We put the interaction between the most up-to-date medicine and information technology into practice with selected treatment processes. This is unique worldwide,’ Prof Bautz explained, adding: ‘We hope this partnership will result in new, significant effects on reducing waiting and treatment times, which in turn will reduce costs.’
All systems are integrated into a complex clinical IT environment, which controls image processing as well as individual and complex treatment processes
The initial project at ISI will focus on the analysis and improvement of diagnosis for acute chest pain.