Duke installs new photon-counting CT scanner

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

December 9, 2021 -- Duke University School of Medicine's radiology department has installed one of Siemens Healthineers' new Naeotom Alpha photon-counting CT scanners.

Photon-counting CT differs from traditional CT technology by using a one-step conversion process to convert x-ray photons into an electrical current that then generates medical images, rather than the two-step process used by conventional CT.

Duke co-principal investigators Dr. Ehsan Samei and Dr. Daniele Marin said a consortium of researchers, both from within and outside their department, will pursue multiple investigational projects to explore the potential of the new CT scanner for advancing patient care.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the Naeotom Alpha CT scanner in September. The first human subject scan is anticipated later this month, the Duke researchers said.

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