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With patient satisfaction an increasing concern, radiology vendors and facilities are focused on improving the imaging experience.

With Siemens close on its heels, Philips became the first company to get the green light to market its hybrid whole body PET/MR imaging system. Royal Philips Electronics announced this week that it received a CE marking, allowing the company to begin selling in Europe.

Sonography aspires to pushbutton simplicity, but the nature of the technology stands in the way.

Remote radiography and fluoroscopy systems traditionally have appealed more to Europeans than to practitioners in the U.S. But Philips is betting the time—and design of its new Juno DRF—are right to make a change in old habits. The Juno DRF remote-controlled flat-detector system, recently cleared by the FDA, offers enhancements that Philips Healthcare is promoting in its RSNA booth as the means to faster workflow and patient throughput and maximized return on investment.

Philips is adding to its portfolio a new line of CT scanners and a new line of PET/CTs based on dose-saving technologies. Ingenuity CT will displace Philips’ Brilliance line of CTs in configurations up to 128 slices; the Ingenuity TF PET/CT will displace the company’s Gemini platform of PET/CTs. Philips will not stop making these older models, but will feature them in its product portfolio as alternatives to the latest releases.

A radiation monitoring system that quantifies the radiation being absorbed in the fluoro suite promises to give individual staff the information they need to minimize their exposure to x-rays. Philips Healthcare came up with the product, called DoseAware, which the company unveiled earlier this year at the European Congress of Radiology and now on the RSNA 2010 exhibit floor.

Philips’ new xMatrix brings real-time volumetric scanning to radiology as part of the company’s latest version of the iU22 ultrasound scanner. First built into Philips’ echocardiography systems five years ago, a souped-up version built into the company’s flagship iU22 on the RSNA exhibit floor quickly captures volumes in the abdomen that can be interrogated in 2D planes any time after the patient has left the exam room. Two planes can be viewed simultaneously using Live xPlane. Images drawn from the volume can then be sent to any PACS.

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