After a rough year, PET stands to shine

After a rough year, PET stands to shine

by Loren Bonner, DOTmed News Online Editor | June 11, 2012
From the June 2012 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


Some of these areas might be the brain, head and neck, and abdomen.

GE’s Discovery PET/CT 710 is geared toward high-count rate isotopes that are prevalent in research settings. But it also meets the needs of the future as these tracers become available in the F-18 versions for wider clinical use.

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The company has addressed PET/MR in a phased manner,
GE's Discovery PET/CT 690 scanner

first, by keeping the CT portion of PET/CT intact. “Our approach is to enable research in establishing the clinical utility of PET/MR today by providing a direct reference to PET/CT baseline through our TriModality solution, while providing a way in the longer term to have a simultaneous scanner with technologies that enable the next generation of PET and MR imaging to be equal or better than the key research enablers available on today’s PET/CT and MR systems independently,” says Bhatt.

Philips reports that it has a sizable install base of its PET/MR systems, the Ingenuity TF PET/MR, since it first introduced the technology in 2010.

“To give you an estimate, at the last SNM conference, we had over 500 cases being done with PET/MR. So at this point, we should have at least double that,” says Misra.

That said, PET/MR has mainly found its home in research settings. “It’s primarily customers working on translation medicine who want to push new frontiers with molecular imagining.”

In other words, PET/MR has not yet found mainstream clinical use. But that could all change if reimbursement were to kick in and the price came down low enough.

DOTmed Registered 2012 - June PET, PET/CT Companies


Names in boldface are Premium Listings.
Domestic
Robert Brait, SIEMENS, MA
Joshua Nunez, Block Imaging, MI
DOTmed 100
Kenneth Smith, BC Technical, UT
DOTmed Certified
Ian Alpert, Tandem Medical Equipment, NY
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
David Stopak, A.Imaging Solutions, AL
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
Paul Zahn, Shared Medical Services, Inc., WI
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
David Denholtz, Integrity Medical Systems, Inc., FL
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
John Pereira, United Medical Technologies, FL
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
Ronen Bechor, ElsMed Ltd. & Relaxation, Inc., FL
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
Greg Kramer, C&G Technologies, Inc., IN
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
Don Bogutski, Diagnostix Plus, Inc., NJ
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
Todd King, KING Equipment Services, Inc., IL
DOTmed Certified
Kevin McGehee, Marquis Medical, LA
Daniel Pakuszeski, Southwestern Imaging, TX
DOTmed Certified
DOTmed 100
Kenn Matayor, Jaken Medical, Inc., CA
DOTmed Certified
Joseph Oliverio, Positron Corporation, IN
Christie Loveday, Encore Global Imaging, TN
Kevin Larcher, Larcher Medical, NC
Satrajit Misra, Philips Healthcare, MA

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