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InHealth selects Siemens PET/CT systems to deliver mobile diagnostic imaging solution for the NHS

Siemens Healthcare UK : 21 February, 2008  (New Product)
InHealth Molecular Imaging Solutions has installed the first of four Biograph 6 TruePoint PET/CT systems from Siemens into mobile vehicles to fulfil the company’s commitment to the Department of Health as an independent sector partner for delivering the PET/CT NHS Diagnostic Imaging Service.
PET/CT imaging is critical in oncology patient management. Patients undergoing cancer care need multiple scans throughout the course of treatment. Historically, in some cases, patients in the south of the UK needed to travel 50 to 100 miles for the procedure. The new mobile service will deliver screening provision closer to the community, reducing travelling time for people undergoing treatment.

Thirteen locations across five southern Strategic Health Authority areas will have regular visits from the InHealth mobile PET/CT vehicle. The service will be delivered to a variety of settings including NHS Trusts and other community sites suited to the vehicle. Images taken inside the mobile facility are seamlessly sent to the local health area PACS to be read by local radiologists.

Stewart Howell, chief operating officer of Molecular Imaging at InHealth stated, “Delivering PET/CT closer to the community reduces anxiety and lengthy travel requirements for patients undergoing cancer detection. The Siemens systems will assist us in delivering greater access to valuable screening services in the south of England.”

The Biograph TruePoint PE/CT integrates the functional sensitivity of PET with the rich anatomical detail of diagnostic CT. The system detects changes in molecular activity even before anatomical changes become visible helping to detect primary tumours and metastases. The TrueV functionality widens the axial field of view by 33 percent and collects 78 percent more data. It may be used to reduce the amount of each injected dose by as much as 50 percent. When added to the UFC detectors, it speeds up CT rotation times allowing image acquisition twice as fast as a traditional PET/CT scan and without image quality being compromised.

“The Biograph TruePoint PET/CT offers higher speed acquisitions that not only increase patient comfort during uncertain examinations but also speed up patient throughput. This makes it an ideal solution for a mobile screening services looking to maximise the number of patients it can see in an area, whilst also managing the stress levels of patients,” said Lawrence Foulsham, product manager for Molecular Imaging & Oncology at Siemens.

The system has been completely redesigned recently to incorporate hardware improvements such as a shorter gantry to reclaim critical space in the scan room, a special cantilevered patient handling system with automatic lock-down and a completely integrated closed loop cooling system with no external chilling requirement. The system also boasts significant workflow improvements to facilitate remote operation and support for multiple site connectivity.
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