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
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
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.