Philips has received FDA clearance for its whole body positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) imaging system, the Ingenuity TF PET/MR. The system is able to perform both standalone MR and hybrid PET/MR studies. The scanner gantries are in line with each other, and during hybrid exams, the patient table rotates between each modality to scan a patient.
The combination of PET and MRI helps to closely correlate detailed anatomical images with functional metabolic images acquired at about the same point in time and in the same position. The PET system features Philips’ Astonish TF time-of-flight technology that enhances image quality by reducing noise and providing increased sensitivity. The MR magnet has a field strength of three Tesla.
The program to develop a combined PET/MR system was formally launched in 2007, after which Philips was the first to bring a PET/MR system to market when CE Mark in Europe was earned in January 2011. Mount Sinai and University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will be the first to receive the Ingenuity TF PET/MR system in the U.S. Here is the chat we had with the folks from Philips at last year’s RSNA regarding the system: