Technology | April 20, 2011

New PET/CT System Boosts Patient Comfort, Enables Efficient Care

A new PET/CT scanner has been introduced that helps address the increasing cost pressures faced by healthcare providers. GE Healthcare’s Optima PET/CT 560 combines superb image quality, high productivity and a patient-friendly experience that can continuously deliver ongoing value over time.

It offers efficiency and investment protection with the capability to grow with the future needs of the clinical practice. It also helps enable clinical confidence with small lesion detectability and offers a simplified and streamlined workflow, affordability and flexibility.

The scanner was designed to help physicians put patients’ needs first. It enables a full 2-meter scan range—especially important when imaging skin and bone. Clinicians can complete a full head-to-toe-scan in one pass for greater patient comfort and convenience, and position taller patients on the table with greater ease. This saves up to 15 minutes per exam by eliminating patient repositioning and potentially boosting scanning efficiency and patient throughput.

Advanced GE VUE Point HD intelligent 3-D iterative reconstruction technique enhances resolution for uncompromised image quality that helps enable clinicians to confidently detect small lesions and increase quantitative accuracy.

Based on the Broselow-Luten Pediatric system, the default PET/CT protocols are specifically designed to help reduce CT radiation exposure in FDG pediatric exams to meet ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) guidelines. With an intuitive interface dedicated to pediatric examinations, physicians select from color-coded protocols set in advance to suit a child’s specific weight.

In addition, it uses a 3-D modulation algorithm, which automatically adjusts the mA as clinicians scan along the x-y-z axes. The modulation maintains CT image quality and reduces dose up to 40 percent.

The system is fully upgradeable to the GE Healthcare Discovery PET/CT 600 series as department needs grow and change. Available in 8-slice or 16-slice configurations, the Optima PET/CT 560 can be operated as a standalone CT scanner. With its exceptional power, remarkable speed, high-resolution and low-dose imaging, and full diagnostic capabilities, it can help increase patient imaging volumes and revenues.

Operators will appreciate the simplicity of the workflow. The user interface is simplified for fast exam set-up and the compact and ergonomic operators console is designed for flexibility and comfort of the operator. Daily Quality Assurance at the start of the scanning day is quick and efficient with one button push and less than 10 minutes a day all with no additional exposure to the staff with the automated source loader. Fast reconstruction times deliver images to clinicians sooner, allowing decision-making before a patient is even off the table.

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