The Axiom Artis is one of the most prevalent product lines from Siemens in the interventional radiology category. One thing you’ll notice as you begin to look for information on the Axiom Artis is how many varieties it comes in: floor- mounted vs. ceiling-mounted vs. a combination of both, image intensifiers vs. detectors, single-plane vs. bi-plane. On top of that, there are numerous software configurations which will determine the kinds of studies each system is equipped to accommodate.
To denote the configuration of each system, Siemens has developed a "code" consisting of eight letters. With so many feature combinations, however, the code leaves you with a lot of acronyms and, perhaps, less clarity than the folks at Siemens might have hoped. We’ve decoded the acronyms below to assist anyone perusing Siemens interventional suites to better understand which system is the right fit.
Siemens Axiom Artis Acronym Key
B- Bi-plane (one floor-mounted and one ceiling-mounted c-arm)
d- Digital detector (if no “d” is present, the system is equipped with an image intensifier)
Axiom Artis Systems
While there are Axiom Artis systems still in service that use an image intensifier (denoted by the absence of a "d" in their name) they are not included on this list. These systems are older and, in many cases, are being phased out and replaced with digital technology.
Axiom Artis dFC- Digital detector, floor-mounted, cardiac
Axiom Artis dTC- Digital detector, ceiling-mounted, cardiac
Axiom Artis dBC- Digital detector, bi-plane, cardiac: Siemens touted it as the “World’s first biplane C-arm system equipped with digital flat panel detectors… in both planes”
Axiom Artis dFA- Digital detector, floor-mounted, angio
Axiom Artis dTA- Digital detector, ceiling-mounted, angio
Axiom Artis dBA- Digital detector, bi-plane, angio
Axiom Artis dMP- Digital detector, floor-mounted, multipurpose,
R/F exams, outpatient angio, pediatric imaging
A Note on Identifying the Artis Zee
With the later introduction of the Artis Zee series, Siemens did away with the 3-letter system and replaced it with clearer, albeit longer, descriptions like “Artis Zee Floor 30x40” or Artis Zee Ceiling 20x20”. Even so, it’s still common to hear people in the marketplace carry over the letter system and reference something like an "Artis Zee dFA". You won't find any OEM documentation using that name, but the letters will still tell you a lot about the system.
While having so many options under so many acronyms can add an element of confusion, the bright side is that it offers flexibility to accommodate any interventional specialty and a wide variety of budgets. If you’d like to know more about the Axiom Artis or other interventional product lines, contact us to learn more.
Jeremy Block is the Senior Vice President of Product Solutions at Block Imaging. Jeremy’s goal is to make your buying or selling experience as easy as possible. Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys Michigan State football, and spending time with his wife and kids.