Feature | April 08, 2014

GE Healthcare Receives FDA for Q.Clear PET/CT Technology

Technology can enable clinicians to assess patient's response to treatment accurately

GE Healthcare Q.Clear Technology PET/CT Systems Nuclear Imaging

April 8, 2014 — GE Healthcare received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Q.Clear technology, which is designed to provide up to two times improvement in both quantitative accuracy and image quality in PET/CT imaging. 

Over the last decade, positron emission tomography (PET) image reconstruction technology has been designed to provide better image quality, reduced acquisition time and lower injected dose. Current PET iterative reconstruction technologies, such as time of flight (TOF) and OSEM, force a compromise between image quality and quantitation. GE Healthcare said its Q.Clear technology brings convergence to PET imaging without the need for compromise between quantitation and image quality.

"Q.Clear is a major step forward because it can give us a consistent and reliable measurement when determining whether the current course of a patient's cancer treatment is effective," said Dr. Gustav von Schulthess, nuclear medicine chair at University Hospital Zurich. "It will give the oncologist more confidence because if a change of therapy is needed, you want accurate information early on to best adjust treatment for the patient."

Clinicians not only want the ability to detect smaller lesions, but the ability to determine earlier whether the patient is responding to current treatment. Q.Clear aims to help in both areas by providing better quantitation accuracy for truly personalized medicine. Coupled with Q.Suite, which introduced the importance of eliminating variability such as respiratory motion, Q.Clear can enable clinicians to assess treatment response accurately.

"We know that approximately 70 percent of cancer patients don't always respond to their initial course of treatment," said Steve Gray, president and CEO of GE Healthcare MICT. "If we can give clinicians an accurate, reliable, and faster tool to confirm that a change in treatment is needed, the patient will benefit greatly. For example, PET/computed tomography (CT) can help clinicians determine whether chemotherapy is working in fewer cycles, saving patients unnecessary procedures.  Q.Clear gives clinicians the ability to help make that determination."

GE said the system may not be available for sale in all regions. For countries that require CE marking, Q.Clear is not yet CE marked.

For more information: www3.gehealthcare.com

Related Content

Philips, SNMMI 2016, Vereos digital PET/CT, time-of-flight, IntelliSpace 8.0, nuclear imaging
News | Nuclear Imaging| June 14, 2016
Philips announced it would be showcasing a variety of nuclear imaging solutions at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and...
Siemens Healthineers, SNMMI '16, molecular imaging, syngo.via, Biograph Horizon PET/CT, mobile configuration
Technology | Nuclear Imaging| June 09, 2016
At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), Siemens Healthineers will...
nuclear medicine, global market, radiopharmaceuticals, MEDraysintell, SNMMI 2016
News | Nuclear Imaging| June 08, 2016
MEDraysintell estimates that the global market for nuclear medicine (radiopharmaceuticals) reached $4.3 billion in 2015...
cardiac PET, myocardial perfusion, PET-CT, cardiac perfusion

A PET-CT cardiac perfusion exam from a Siemens Biography scanner. The black and white areas of the image show the CT imaging of the anatomy. The colored portion shows the PET overlay on the myocardium and is color-coded to show tracer uptake values. This can show areas of the heart muscle where there are perfusion defects cause by infarcts or coronary artery blockages due to a heart attack and help determine the severity of the ischemia.

Feature | PET Imaging| June 03, 2016 | Dave Fornell
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear imaging technology (also referred to as molecular imaging) that enabl
Medic Vision, SafeCT-29, NEMA XR-29, Smart Dose, computed tomography
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT)| May 31, 2016
Medic Vision Imaging Solutions Ltd. announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of SafeCT-29 to...
Technology | Cardiac Imaging| May 18, 2016
May 18, 2016 — The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) recently announced its launch of the IAC QI Self-Asse
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers| May 13, 2016
NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC is enhancing its production operations at the University of Missouri Research...
GE Healthcare, general purpose digital SPECT/CT, Discovery NM/CT 670 CZT, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, first U.S. install
News | SPECT-CT| May 05, 2016
Doctors and researchers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis may be able to better diagnose...
UltraSPECT, 10th anniversary, WBR technology, Wide Beam Reconstruction, FDA approval, nuclear imaging
News | Nuclear Imaging| April 21, 2016
UltraSPECT Inc. announced the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its Wide Beam...
Overlay Init