Siemens introduces PET-CT with patient flow-through

30 August 2013

Siemens Healthcare has launched the Biograph mCT Flow, a PET-CT system that moves the patient smoothly through the system’s gantry, while continuously acquiring PET data.

The Biograph mCT Flow with FlowMotion enables imaging protocols based on the organ’s need. FlowMotion expands accurate and reproducible quantification in all dimensions for precise disease characterisation in therapy monitoring, while enabling clinicians to offer as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) dose to every patient. The combination of a 78cm bore with five-minute rapid imaging and a continuous sense of progress throughout the scan also provides the patient with a more comfortable experience.

The system is part of Siemens Healthcare’s amyloid imaging range that also includes syngo.PET Amyloid Plaque software that enables evaluation of amyloid plaque density in the brain —a necessary pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. Alongside the PET-CT system, Siemens Healthcare also unveiled the new Explora One chemistry box — a fully integrated cassette-based solution for the production of F PET imaging biomarkers.

Greater detail in organ imaging and accurate quantification

Changing how PET imaging is performed

The FlowMotion technology eliminates the need for stop-and-go, bed-based planning, with planning and scanning based on the single continuous motion of the patient table. The clinician can adjust the examination parameters such as speed, image resolution and motion management to the precise dimensions of organs and routinely incorporate this into a single scan for every patient.

Continuously moving the patient through the detection system, eliminates overlapping bed acquisitions and maintains uniform noise sensitivity across the entire scan range, providing accurate and reproducible quantification.

Minimum dose and maximum speed

FlowMotion eliminates CT dose due to over scanning by enabling the clinician to precisely define the beginning and end of the PET scan, ensuring the patient is not irradiated in areas of the body that do not require a CT scan.

The system has the potential to deliver continuous scanning at twice the speed of conventional PET-CT. When combined with ultraHD-PET, which delivers increased image quality, routine clinical scans can be performed in five minutes. Throughput is further enhanced by one click FAST planning, with a simple protocol setup to determine the scan type and duration for up to four zones.


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