Philips Medical Systems

Philips Medical Systems will unveil a cornucopia of offerings on the exhibit floor of McCormick Place this year. The Andover, MA-based vendor will be debuting new technology and applications for gamma cameras, PET/CT, and SPECT/CT systems.

Philips will showcase enhancements for its Gemini 16 Power PET/CT scanner, which was released in August of 2004. The new features include a comprehensive cardiac package with gated acquisition and advanced review and processing, enhanced brain imaging, and a research toolkit. The new enhancements are scheduled to start shipping worldwide in January 2005, according to Philips.

The company will also unveil its Gemini 16 Power Mobile PET/CT scanner, which will be available in the U.S. next month and in the rest of the world in 2005. The modality features an open gantry system, and both PET and CT gantries are air-cooled.

Enhancements to the company's Syntegra image fusion software will be demonstrated. The application allows the co-registration and display of different modalities, such as PET, CT, SPECT, and MR. New features to be displayed at the RSNA show will enhance ease of use, workflow, and productivity for radiologists and referring physicians, Philips said. The updates will begin shipping worldwide in January 2005.

The company will exhibit its Precedence SPECT/CT unit, a SPECT camera with a multislice CT hybrid imaging module. The device provides co-registered SPECT and CT images, individual SPECT and CT images, and attenuation-corrected nuclear medicine images. Precedence has been cleared by the FDA and is available now, Philips said.

The firm's gantry-free gamma camera, SKYLight 3.0, has been enhanced with a bevy of features. These include a pediatric pallet with infant and toddler sections, prone cardiac capability, and DICOM worklist. SKYLight also features brain SPECT with NeuroTrac roving zoom for closer contouring, company said.

Philips will also demonstrate its JETStream Workspace, a work-in-progress nuclear medicine workstation software package. Employing the firm's Vequion user interface, JETStream Workspace allows users to perform image display, processing, review, reporting, and image archiving on one environment, according to the vendor.

Philips' Forte gamma camera has also undergone a face-lift with the incorporation of JETStream acquisition to accelerate and streamline the imaging process. Forte also boasts a shorter table system, a compact configuration, and a concurrent imaging capability for the simultaneous acquisition of both standard and alternate protocols within a single acquisition step, the company said.

Rounding out its offerings at RSNA 2004, Philips will present another work-in-progress software application, the Molecular Imaging Suite. The application toolkit features combined functional and anatomical information, auto-registered SPECT and CT datasets, autofiducial marker registration, radiation therapy interoperability, and attenuation and scatter correction.

Molecular Imaging Suite also incorporates the vendor's Astonish algorithms for planar and dynamic planar imaging, as well as SPECT reconstruction resolution recovery capabilities, Philips said.

By Jonathan S. Batchelor staff writer
November 8, 2004

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