PET-MR research image
Prof. Zahi Fayad of
showing breast cancer
(Image courtesy Philips Healthcare)
Mt. Sinai is happy
Ingenuity TF PET-MR
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Best of RSNA 2010: Philips' PET-MR, mammo workflow gadgets and virtual autopsies
December 06, 2010
The Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting at
McCormick Place in Chicago is one of the biggest medical shows in the
world. For those who couldn't attend - or who did attend but couldn't
see it all - DOTmed presents, hall by hall, some of the most exciting
gadgets, devices and applications. Welcome to North Hall.
Philips Healthcare: PET-MR and digital broadband MRIs
By far the thickest crowds in Philips Healthcare's block-long booth
at RSNA 2010 could be found mobbed around the Ingenuity TF PET-MR. The
new modality, making its official debut at this year's conference, was
housed in its own glass showroom, like any new-model car at the Chicago
auto show. The unit features a rotating turntable letting patients
connect with the separate MRI and PET scanners.
This was one of two PET-MRs on the floor (Siemens had the other one.
Look for more about that tomorrow). Radiologists who spoke with DOTmed
News said PET-MR could be superior to PET-CT in visualizing certain
cancers, such as basal skull tumors and superior sulcus tumors of the
lung, but more research is needed.
So far, there are only three units installed at test sites, with a fourth on the way to the University of Ohio.
The device is still awaiting 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration. Plus, reimbursement issues still have to be sorted
out. Philips expects most sites will use it part of the time for
straight MRI scans and part of the time for research.
The equipment also costs a pretty penny - about $4.5 million,
Philips said. Still, the company said they've already received 12
Also, on the MRI front, Philips introduced its Ingenia 1.5T and 3T
with digital broadband, allowing direct conversion on the coils for the
first time, the company said.
Philips says the device, which researchers began working on eight
years ago, results in a 40 percent better signal-to-noise ratio and
faster scanning times. Scanning takes around 8 minutes for a liver,
versus 20 minutes from other magnets, the company said. Philips also
hopes that the device will allow for cheaper upgrades over the 8-10 year
life of the system, as it does away with the external spectrometer
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