MRI Deal Between HeartVista and Siemens Healthineers Simplifies Cardiac Imaging Scan Protocols

A new joint commercial agreement between two giants in the world of magnetic resonance (MR) technology will bring an integrated, automated exam protocol for MRI scan sequences to appreciative health systems. An amalgam of Siemens Healthineers’ native sequences and HeartVista’s built-in sequences will fit in nicely with the wide variety of specific existing clinical practices without disrupting operations.

"Despite its clear benefits, the previous version of our software forced customers to choose between HeartVista's automated sequences and manual ones that may be more familiar. On that basis alone, we restricted access to the broader market in direct conflict with our mission," said Chief Executive Officer of HeartVista Itamar Kandel. "Working closely with Siemens Healthineers and implementing the Access-i interface, we have removed a key barrier to market adoption."

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The company’s acquisition software, which is guided by AI, has already achieved FDA clearance for use with Siemens Healthineers MRI scanners, cutting down on cardiac MRI exam times, consolidating workflows, and improving consistency of images for clinicians using the system. The two collaborators have now honed the software to be capable of commingling sequences from several sources by incorporating Siemens Healthineers’ software interface, Access-i, which allows its scanners to integrate with third-party devices. With the new compatibility-focused partnership in full swing, clinics will have the ability to tap into the scan method that best fits their needs.