Philips ships 3,000th Brilliance CT system, highlights system features
Royal Philips Electronics announced the shipment of the 3,000th Brilliance computed tomography (CT) family of products, and showcased the range of CT technologies the system includes at this week’s Stanford University Medical Center’s 9th annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in San Francisco.

The Brilliance Everywhere workspace turns every PC on a hospital network—whether at the hospital, at home or on the road—into a Brilliance Workspace portal. Capabilities include preliminary review of CT image reconstruction and sharing of study results with colleagues for improved clinical decision support.

The Step & Shoot low-dose cardiac imaging represents a new scanning mode that provides high-quality images of the coronary arteries and heart anatomy at low dose levels. The company said that one facility, The Wisconsin Heart Hospital, saw an 80 percent dose reduction versus retrospective helical CT angiography techniques.

Philips Rate Responsive technologies automatically adjust to variations in patient heart rate and rhythm during acquisition and reconstruction, improving image quality (achieving temporal resolution as low as 53 ms) and workflow.

The Brilliance CT’s Comprehensive Cardiac Analysis (CCA) package uses a 3D CT segmentation of the coronary tree to select and visualize the best 2D C-arm projections for use in planning for percutaneous coronary interventional (PCI) procedures.

And an electrophysiology (EP) planning application available on Brilliance systems is paving the way for assessment of the pulmonary vein, left atrial and appendage anatomy enables electrophysiologists to reduce procedure times and radiation exposure by quickly identifying anatomy that may complicate the EP procedure.

Finally, Philips’ Brilliance CT products offer a comprehensive package of respiratory correlated analysis for radiotherapy simulation. Brilliance Virtual Colonoscopy package, including a computer-assisted reader and electronic cleansing algorithm, assists physicians in identifying, analyzing and confirming physician-identified intra-colonic elevated tissue regions. Philips Pulmonary Toolkit for oncology enables visualization of multiple lung phases, minimizes motion artifacts and improves clinical confidence.