GE Healthcare has introduced its new upgradeable NM/CT640 SPECT/CT System that the company hopes will lead to shorter exam times, lower radiation doses for patients, and overall savings for hospitals that adopt the platform.
Though the system is new, it uses proven componentry from other GE products, such as the SPECT camera found on the Discovery NM630. It supports patients up to 28” (70cm) wide and weighing up to 500lbs (227 Kg).
Based on the innovative 600 series SPECT technology found in the Discovery* NM630, this system integrates the latest generation general purpose camera with a newly developed 4 slice CT designed for hybrid rather than standalone CT use. The CT, available in 2.5mm and 5mm slice thicknesses to optimize dose and resolution required for particular procedures, offers clinicians confidence with routinely low CT dose at 1-2 mSv for a 40cm abdomen CT scan.
The Optima NM/CT 640 can be fully upgraded on location from a Discovery NM630 SPECT only system, and may be upgraded in the future to a 16 slice Discovery* NM/CT 670, expanding not only its clinical capability, but offering the potential for research use. This upgradeability helps protect clinicians’ and healthcare providers’ investments as the needs of their department evolve.
With its small footprint (5.7m x 3.6m) the Optima NM/CT 640 requires minimal renovation and installation costs. With the benefit of optimized CT power, shielding and control room requirements are often eliminated; saving as much as $100,000 compared to higher CT powered systems.
Adding all the benefits of the Xeleris* Workstation with the Evolution* technology to the Optima NM/CT 640 reduces the trade-offs that are often required between acquisition time, dose and image quality. By allowing clinicians to feel confident in their diagnosis, when reducing time or injected patient dose by up to 50 percent in most scanning procedures while still maintaining excellent image quality.†
The advanced Xeleris workstation—which integrates new and existing nuclear medicine equipment, including legacy GE and non-GE devices—is designed to provide consistent results and enhanced workflow. Xeleris can keep clinicians connected to images and applications from PACS and PCs with their institution and remotely.
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