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Optimizing PET and SPECT technology

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | June 15, 2020
Molecular Imaging
From the May 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Spectrum Dynamics VERITON-CT
Both the VERITON-NM and the VERITON-CT 64 have a unique multi-detector 360-degree geometry that can get closer to the patient and organ of interest and yields three times the volumetric sensitivity and twice the throughput of conventional dual-head analog SPECT cameras, according to the company.

"In nuclear medicine, proximity, 3D coverage and shorter scan times are key to exam quality and patient satisfaction," said Nilda Rivera, senior director of Global Marketing for Spectrum Dynamics.

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The company has installed several of the CT-enabled systems, which provides all the capabilities of a CT scanner, for general and cardiac applications and nuclear medicine scanning for diagnosis of diseases, such as Parkinson's, myocardial perfusion, bone infections.

United Imaging uMI 550
United Imaging
Last year, the Shanghai-based imaging company introduced the first mobile digital PET/CT scanner in the U.S.

United Imaging teamed up with Shared Medical Services (SMS) to deploy its uMI 550 digital PET/CT systems on one of SMS’s mobile diagnostic imaging vehicles. The product is geared toward hospitals that can’t justify the purchase of a full-time PET-CT system, or health systems that need the flexibility of PET in multiple locations for their patients.

The scanner has the same technology as its uEXPLORER total-body PET/CT scanner, which received FDA clearance at the beginning of 2019 and is the first scanner that can do a 3D full-body scan in one image capture.

“We’re focused on equal healthcare for all and bringing the best technology we can to every price point,” said Jeffrey Bundy, chief executive officer of UIH Solutions LLC. “The mobile digital PET/CT (uMI 550) is emblematic of who we are as a company because it’s taking the same kind of digital platform previously available only in large institutions and bringing that to small communities on a mobile route.”

In May of last year, United Imaging received FDA clearance for its uPMR 790 HD TOF PET/MR system, which also uses the same digital platform as its other molecular imaging scanners. It’s designed for certain conditions that benefit from the simultaneous acquisition of MR during a PET scan.

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