Siemens Healthineers and Circle Cardiovascular Imaging announce joint development plan for MRI application products

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At the 2018 Joint EuroCMR/SCMR meeting (31 January–3 February, Barcelona, Spain), which brings together top clinicians and researchers within the cardiovascular and MRI communities, Siemens Healthineers and Circle Cardiovascular Imaging announced an agreement for joint development with respect to MRI scanner application products and workflows, with corresponding post-processing capabilities.

A press release reports that the focus will be to improve cardiac magnetic resonance imaging workflows and diagnostic tools, to increase accessibility of CMR and expand precision medicine.

In addition to the joint development agreement, Siemens Healthineers and Circle have also agreed on a collaboration that will enable users to run Circle’s cmr42 on Syngo.via—an intelligent and integrated imaging software for multimodality reading and reporting. This integration is enabled by Syngo.via OpenApps, which connects Syngo.via to the Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem Store, allowing a tight integration of two leaders in their respective fields, with the goal of improving diagnostic capabilities of cardiac MRI and further digitalising healthcare.

According to the press release, Syngo.via OpenApps provides direct and open access to a growing variety of clinical applications from Siemens Healthineers and partners—directly on Syngo.via. OpenApps also connects Syngo.via to the Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem Store. The store enables users to browse, download, and test apps as well as request quotations in line with a flexible subscription concept. With only one click, apps are installed on the safe environment of Syngo.via, thus fitting seamlessly into the clinical workflow.

Greg Ogrodnick, CEO of Circle Cardiovascular Imaging, comments: “To be partnering with Siemens Healthineers is an exciting development for the future of cardiovascular MR internationally. Given our combined global presence and coupled with our ability to create best-in-class software technologies, we will continue to advance the field of cardiac MR for the benefit of hospitals, health care professionals and their patients.”

“We are very excited to partner with Circle Cardiovascular Imaging to jointly further develop innovative products for Cardiac MRI. We believe that this strategic partnership is a perfect match to shape the future of cardiac MRI with the goal to enable better outcomes for healthcare providers as well as patients,“ says Christoph Zindel, senior vice president and general manager of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Siemens Healthineers.

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