GE’s compact CT packs big punch

November 27, 2005

GE Healthcare is introducing a new line of CT scanners at the RSNA, reflecting a major trend in the marketplace--miniaturization.

GE Healthcare is introducing a new line of CT scanners at the RSNA, reflecting a major trend in the marketplace-miniaturization.

The new scanner, called BrightSpeed, delivers the same image quality and productivity as its big brother LightSpeed, but fits into the space allotted to single-slice scanners. The product line, which comes in quad-, eight-, and 16-slice versions, will begin shipping globally early next year. It will be priced comparably with LightSpeed scanners featuring the same number of slices per rotation, according to GE.

Many of the electronics and productivity tools developed for its premier 64-slice LightSpeed VCT have been built into the various slice versions of BrightSpeed. These new scanners feature the Xtream FX workflow platform and the Volara digital data acquisition system (DAS).

Xtream FX, GE's latest workflow technology, includes tools to help imaging departments keep pace with the quantity of data generated by multislice systems. One of the primary Xtream tools is Direct Multi-Planar Reformat, which automatically generates views familiar to referring physicians and surgeons.

Introduced on the LightSpeed VCT, the Volara 24-bit digital DAS reduces noise as much as 33% compared to the previous DAS. It also takes up much less space, as engineers crammed 64-slice technology into the VCT gantry the size of the original quad-slice LightSpeed.