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Philips unveils new PET/CT system enhancements

Philips Medical Systems : 04 June, 2007  (New Product)
Philips has revealed enhancements to its Gemini TF PET/CT system, which is the first commercial time-of-flight PET/CT.
The company has also launched the Mosaic HP, a preclinical imaging system designed to help accelerate drug development and translational studies.

Additional announcements included the commercial release of the PET/CT Pulmonary Toolkit, PET/CT Viewer for Philips iSite PACS and version 1.5, NetForum PET/CT, NanoSPECT/CT and JETStream Workspace 3.0.

These offerings are being showcased alongside the complete Philips nuclear medicine portfolio at the 54th Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) annual meeting in Washington, DC, USA from 2 to 6 June 2007.

'The breadth of our nuclear medicine products and solutions in PET, SPECT, molecular imaging (MI), preclinical imaging and radiation oncology promote clinical confidence for the physician and peace of mind for the patient', said Jay Mazelsky, senior vice president, Nuclear Medicine, for Philips Medical Systems.

'Philips recognises the importance of accurately viewing the physiological process at a molecular level and works to develop technologies that help our customers detect pathology earlier, faster and more accurately'.

The installed base of Philips Gemini TF PET/CT systems continues to grow globally - with more than 30 installed systems worldwide - due to strong customer satisfaction and clinical performance.

The Gemini TF with time-of-flight imaging has demonstrated improved image quality, reduced dose, faster scan times, and consistent image quality across all patient sizes.

'We've really gone another giant step forward in image resolution with time-of-flight', says Dr Jim O'Donnell, section chief of nuclear imaging at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

'And the differential improvement in moving from conventional PET to time-of-flight is most prominent in larger patients because it overcomes the inherent physiological problems of size'.

'The system really cleans up the scans in these larger patients'.
The BrightView SPECT system offers exceptional image quality in a fast, easy to use package and is compact given its capabilities.

The exclusive BodyGuard feature automatically contours to the patient, using a customisable scan distance preset by the operator.

Differentiated further by exclusive Philips CloseUp technologies that enable higher resolution through smarter software, new electronics and minimal distance between detector and patient, BrightView SPECT is outfitted with a wide range of innovations to help healthcare providers manage patient care, regardless of patient size.

Philips BrightView SPECT is proven to deliver substantially better environmental performance, using less than 50 percent of the hazardous substances found in its predecessor.

BrightView is also designed to offer significant advances on packaging, recycling and disposal.

The Philips Mosaic HP is the latest addition to Philips' comprehensive preclinical imaging product portfolio.

With its extra-long imaging bore and long axial field of view, the Mosaic HP offers unmatched flexibility to image a variety of research subjects as well as the capability to perform bio-distribution studies on a whole subject (mice) in a single bed position.

Equipped with a high performance LYSO detector and optional subject handling system compatible with the NanoSPECT/CT system, Mosaic HP addresses the key requirements of research scientists and is setting new standards in preclinical molecular imaging.

Additional Philips nuclear medicine highlights at SNM 2007 include the commercial availability of the following: PET/CT Pulmonary Toolkit for Respiratory Correlated.

The PET/CT Pulmonary Toolkit uses advanced respiratory monitoring technologies that improve the diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT scans and to better integrate the diagnosis and treatment of oncology patients.

Respiratory correlated imaging applied to PET improves the accuracy of PET attenuation correction and Standard Uptake Value (SUV) calculations, assists in small lesion detection and facilitates more precise localisation.

In radiation therapy it is also used to match PET and CT data for more accurate representation of tumor size and shape and improved assessment of tumour motion.

This new offering, meets customer requirements for clinical applications in nuclear medicine, radiology and radiation oncology without sacrificing comfort for patients or ease of use for physicians.

Further enhancing the value of the Gemini PET/CT is the PET/CT Viewer, providing users with a truly integrated, powerful, yet simple image review and analysis environment for routine clinical evaluation of PET/CT examinations.

Philips has also extended the availability of the PET/CT Viewer beyond the Philips Extended Brilliance Workspace to the Philips iSite PACS environment, along with introducing the latest release of version 1.5.

The PET/CT Viewer for the Philips iSite PACS addresses the need for universal PACS-based review of hybrid and multi-modal registered studies.
The new system supports fused viewing of PET, CT, MR, and 3D SPECT and is available for iSite Radiology and iSite Enterprise.

Added features include viewing layouts customised for a multi-monitor PACS environment, easy quantitative tools for SUVs and HUs, and quick saving of key images back to the PACS archive for a streamlined user experience.

PET/CT Viewer version 1.5, includes workflow and performance enhancements such as a volume SUV probe, fused MIP, 4D Fusion and faster image load.
These features continue to improve efficiency for the clinician reading the exams and make routine archive and date storage functions easier for the technologist.

Expanding its SPECT offerings even further, Philips announced the commercial release of the JETStream Workspace 3.0, an integrated, personalised workflow solution for nuclear medicine that includes new process and image display enhancements, new image analysis tools and upgraded clinical applications for cardiac, bone, renal, salivary, lung and brain studies.

Combined with IDL programming language, cardiac analysis software and an advanced image fusion package, the JETStream Workspace 3.0 is designed to help physicians confidently and conveniently increase efficiency and accuracy.

The Philips products will be demonstrated on booth 838 at the SNM annual meeting.
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