GE Healthcare has announced the installation of Discovery VCT, the world’s first “true 64-slice combination positron emission tomography and volume computed tomography (PET/CT) system” at the Turku PET Center in Finland and Brigham and Women’s in Boston, a well recognized hospital by peasants living within Rte. 128/I-95 in Massachusetts. We have covered the Discovery VCT last year, as a system that is “cardiology-geared dynamic volumetric technology, a marriage of true 64-slice combination positron emission tomography and volume computed tomography.”
From the press release:
The Discovery VCT marries through the Discovery Dimension platform, the high-speed, high-resolution capabilities of GE’s volumetric CT with the high sensitivity breakthrough motion imaging capabilities of its industry leading Discovery PET system. By combining these scanning technologies, the Discovery VCT provides the tools to enable physicians to more accurately diagnose and identify heart disease and other conditions, including cancer and neurological disorders…
The LightSpeed VCT is able to noninvasively capture images of the heart and coronary arteries in as few as five heartbeats. In a single rotation, the system creates 64 sub-millimetric-thin images, totaling 40 millimeters of anatomical coverage. These images are combined with the Discovery STE metabolic and physiological PET images to form a three-dimensional fused view of the patient’s anatomy and corresponding function for the physician to analyze.
“The Discovery VCT, like the LightSpeed VCT, was built for physicians and molecular imaging researchers based on their clinical needs, from the ground up,” said Saragnese. [Gene Saragnese is a vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare’s global Molecular Imaging and CT business -ed.] “The speed and resolution of the LightSpeed VCT combined with the advanced imaging capabilities of Discovery Dimension PET platform will keep GE at the forefront of diagnostic cardiovascular care.”