Philips adds new advanced visualization tools; BrightView SPECT technology
Philips Medical Systems unveiled the new features and technology for its BrightView SPECT device and new advanced visualization technology at the 2007 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual conference in Chicago last month.

BrightView SPECT now features new technologies that allow clinicians to get the device closer to patients for superior image resolution, according to the developer. Proprietary integrated technologies move detectors closer to each patient for superior image resolution, acquiring information with precision and efficiency, then reconstructing faster without typical increases in noise, Phillips said.

The BrightView SPECT features the firm’s CloseUp technologies, which enable higher resolution through software, new electronics, and minimal distance between detector and patient. Phillips’ BodyGuard automated contouring moves the detectors closer to patients, even when imaging infants or small regions of the body.

The device features an open gantry that can support a wide range of patient sizes, and a thin (0.1 inch, 2.5 mm) imaging pallet and very small cardiac dead space help improve image quality in bone and cardiac studies, according to the company. The modality incorporates new PET-based digital detectors with the vendor’s PinPoint technologies to provide single-uniformity correction for multiple-energy imaging.

In addition, Phillips said that its reconstruction technologies offer PET-like resolution of less than 5mm through a proprietary measured-resolution recovery algorithm. The BrightView SPECT is designed to be easily upgradeable to future configurations, and its compact footprint enables system installation in rooms as small as 15 feet, 6 inches by 12 feet (4.72 x 3.66 meters), the company said.

Philips also unveiled its iSite 3.6 and 4.1 advanced visualization tools, spotlighted its works-in-progress iSite Colonography and iSite Pulmonary Embolism, and debuted its iSite Volume Vision application.

The firm said that its iSyntax3D technology, employed in the iSite visualization products, provides rendering performance and scalability without additional server cost and complexities. In addition, iSyntax3D utilizes minimal bandwidth to load volumetric (DICOM) datasets. 

The iSite 3.6 and 4.1 advanced visualization tools are designed to speed the reading of volumetric datasets such as multi-slice CT and MR case. The toolset sports a dedicated user interface and workflow features specifically tailored to facilitate PACS workflow.

The toolset features MIP/MPR/3D volume rendering, on-demand task guidance, and a simplified volume user interface provide step-by-step help, according to the company. Phillips said it anticipates general market availability of the applications during the first quarter of 2008.

The iSite advanced visualization suite will be bolstered by iSite Volume Vision, which features task-guided segmentation and classification tools, the capability for protocol-based and freestyle movie generation and capture. Advanced review protocols will allow for easy review of complex cases and merging and color mapping of CT and MR datasets is provided. The iSite Volume Vision is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2008, Phillips said.