FDA clears GE's BrightSpeed CT systems

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GE Healthcare recently got clearance from the FDA for its new series of CT systems called the BrightSpeed which include most of the functionality of the company's volume CT system but are much smaller, GE said.

These new scanners provide the same image quality and capabilities of the LightSpeed VCT systems, but on the new BrightSpeed 4-, 8- and 16-slice CT systems. 

The new scanners take up the same amount of room single-slice CT system, and therefore will not cause facilities to renovate or enlarge existing radiology departments. 

The new BrightSpeed scanners, which include exclusive Volara digital Data Acquisition System (DAS) and the Xtream FX workflow platform,

The BrightSpeed series provides high-quality imaging for high-resolution, optimal-dose imaging but also offers productivity tools in review and communication, such as direct volume visualization with direct multi planar reformat (MPR). 

Included in the series is the Wide Open Workflow with Xtream FX. Xtream FX, the second generation of GE's Xtream workflow technology, which is designed to help imaging departments manage the large volume of data generated by MDCT systems. The systems also include Direct Multi-Planar Reformat (DMPR), and Xtream FX for additional "effects" to GE's scalable Xtream reconstruction engine, which revolutionized workflow design with increased speed, image quality, and workflow flexibility.

The BrightSpeed system will be introduced at the 91st annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago at the end of the month.