Philips unveils new CT and PET/CT platforms

November 30, 2010
Greg Freiherr

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.

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. 

The Ingenuity CT features iDose4, the company’s next-generation iterative reconstruction technique, which allows operators to choose vastly increased spatial resolution, substantially less dose, or some of both. Various points along the scale will allow a blend of the two. For example, scans at equivalent diagnostic quality but with up to 80% less dose, spatial resolution improved by as much as 35% with up to 50% less dose, or simply spatial resolution improved by up to 68%.

An added feature of the new CT platform is SyncRight, which leverages enhanced communications between the scanner and injector, creating consistent image quality from patient to patient and enabling up to a 15% reduction in injected contrast per patient. This promises better visualization of vascular structures, which will result in fewer repeat exams, according to the company.

The new IngenuityCT anchors the Ingenuity TF PET/CT system, which also improves on its Gemini predecessor’s time-of-flight (TOF) technology with Astonish TF, the next evolution of TOF. Astonish TF shows 50% improved contrast resolution, according to Philips, while maintaining quantitative accuracy with up to four times faster reconstruction compared with previous-generation systems.

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