This year we’re finally seeing companies combining MR and PET scanning into unified systems. At RSNA 2010, Philips unveiled its own solution which involves a 3T MR and a high resolution PET scanner with an integrated rotating table that passes the patient from one machine immediately into the other. We asked the folks at Philips to explain the new system and the advantages of keeping the two scanning modalities separate:
Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR is a new modality so original and resourceful that it offers Astonish Time-of-Flight technology combined with the superior soft tissue imaging of Achieva 3.0T MRI in a whole-body footprint. State-of-the-art PET and MR imaging performance are now combined into one system with integrated software and hardware applications. Easy to use for technicians and physicians, it offers clinically validated advanced applications in neurology, oncology, cardiology, and women’s health. The system targets a composite picture of bio-markers with a platform to facilitate research in personalized molecular medicine for improved diagnosis, treatments, and care.