Naviscan PET Systems


PET developer Naviscan PET Systems of Rockville, MD, will be highlighting its positron emission mammography (PEM) Flex Solo PET scanner in Chicago. The device is a compact PET scanner intended to provide high-resolution images of the breast and guide radiological and surgical procedures.

The scanner employs lutetium-based crystals, and its compact design allows for scanning in a small room or in a mobile environment. PEM Flex has been cleared to market by the FDA and is available now, according to the firm.

The technology will be the focus of a scientific paper presentation by Dr. Mary Beth Lobrano of East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA, on Wednesday, December 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Arie Crown Theater.

According to Naviscan, the study was undertaken to determine whether images of the breast obtained with PEM Flex could accurately predict the benign or malignant nature of a breast abnormality identified by conventional breast imaging techniques such as mammography, ultrasound, MRI, or palpation. The trial demonstrates that PEM Flex provides spatial resolution of 1-2 mm, as compared to 5 mm for a whole-body PET scanner, the company said.

By Jonathan S. Batchelor staff writer
November 8, 2004

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