GE Healthcare has announced 510(k) clearance of its Veo CT image reconstruction technology that promises to provide high resolution tomography scans at significantly reduced radiation doses. Veo implements model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) in addition to traditional CT imaging algorithms, like statistical raw data-based iterative reconstruction. According to GE, radiologists that use Veo reconstruction, currently available on the Discovery CT750 HD, are performing chest CTs at similar doses to chest X-rays (.05 millisievert).
From the product page:
Veo is the world’s first model-based iterative reconstruction product. This breakthrough will help change the way physicians use CT imaging, delivering a combination of high-quality images and low dose that was previously unthinkable.
GE has solved this challenge in partnership with leading academic partners and hardware manufacturers, combining sophisticated algorithms and advanced computing power. As a result, a CT reconstruction technique that was once only theoretical has now been put into practice.
So radiologists and clinicians can now operate under a new set of rules. Lower noise and higher resolution can be achieved within a single image. At the same time, significant dose reduction capabilities are now available, opening up new possibilities for challenging cases and sensitive patients.
Press release: Profound Image Clarity at Ultra-Low Dose