by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | June 12, 2022
Following the green light from the FDA, Siemens Healthineers unveiled its Symbia Pro.specta SPECT/CT system at the SNMMI Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
The all-purpose solution provides low-dose CT scanning up to 64 slices, and automatic SPECT motion correction. It can be tailored for exams in cardiology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics and other areas.
The scanner is geared toward providers seeking to make the jump from SPECT-only gamma systems and early generation SPECT/CT systems, like Symbia Intevo, to more capable, modern solutions. “With CT, we get attenuation correction and localization. From SPECT, we get the functional Imaging aspect. When we fuse them together, we see anatomical landmarks. There's an improvement in image quality and in localizing the specific area of the disease,” Collin Schaeffer, global product marketing operations manager for Siemens Healthineers, told HCB News.
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The system’s flexible detectors and design make it capable of imaging pediatric, obese and physically challenged patients, without compromising quality, comfort or efficiency. It comes with a tin filter, CT iterative reconstruction features for ultra-low dose, and advanced quantification capabilities to assess treatment responses. Users can pick applications to integrate into their workflow, including ones for reducing metal artifacts and speeding up neurology exams.
The Symbia Pro.specta is customizable and can fit into existing rooms that conventional SPECT/CT solutions may not, according to Schaeffer, potentially lowering logistical and construction costs during installation.
Additionally, it can image at any energy level, including those for theranostics, which combines diagnostic and therapeutic agents to treat patients. Data-driven respiratory motion correction for cardiac exams is also available as an option.
The scanner features myExam Companion and an intelligent user experience with myExam Prep, which includes one-click start-up and shutdown, a redesigned interactive patient positioning monitor, enhanced quality control procedures, and a bedside planning tool for personalizing care prior to exams.
"No matter the experience level of the technologist in the department, we have made it almost the same every single day and created a much more uniform and consistent experience,” said Schaeffer.