World’s First Volumetric PET/CT System Unveiled


June 30, 2006

GE Healthcare introduced its new 64-slice combination PET/CT system for cardiac imaging applications at the RSNA convention in Chicago.

The Discovery VCT combines the high-speed, high-resolution capabilities of GE’s volumetric CT with the metabolic and physiologic capabilities of its PET system. The result is a more accurate diagnosis and identification of conditions such as heart disease, cancer and neurological disorders.

With the Discovery VCT, a physician can both assess areas of the heart that are not getting sufficient blood supply and look for stenosis in the coronary arteries.

The system is also able to capture images of the heart and coronary arteries in fewer than five heartbeats — something no other CT system can offer. In a single rotation, the system creates 64 images, totaling 40 millimeters of anatomical coverage. These images are combined to form a 3-D view of the patient’s anatomy.