GE enhances connectivity, image fusion and review
GE Healthcare showcased a wide range of technologies to aid in fusion imaging, image review, and storage in the Nuclear Medicine arena at RSNA 2006 in Chicago.

Up first was the introduction of the company’s Xeleris 2, a nuclear medicine review workstation.  A key component of the new system is XFL (Xeleris Floating License), which allows clinicians to read and process nuclear medicine (NM) images from their own PCs throughout the institution. Xeleris 2 enables virtually all of a department’s nuclear medicine imaging systems to connect to a single workstation. This is possible because of GE’s DirectConnects feature which standardizes reading tools and calculation methods for different makes and generations of nuclear medicine equipment, GE said.

GE also highlighted a new software fusion application that enables clinicians to perform multi-modality image fusion in a single application. CardIQ Fusion is a dedicated, specialized cardiac fusion application brings together anatomical and physiological data from CT, PET, and nuclear medicine SPECT images on the company’s Advantage Workstation (AW) for multimodality analysis in a single application. CardIQ Fusion allows clinicians to fuse CT anatomical data, such as coronary angiography, with PET or SPECT based physiological data, such as perfusion or viability, in a dynamic manner to evaluate cardiovascular disease. Within the application, clinicians can assess physiological data such as perfusion and viability from PET or SPECT studies, the company said.
GE also announced that it has received FDA clearance for its (PET/CT) Neurology software Cortex ID provides image analysis tools to aid physicians diagnosing and managing neurodegenerative diseases.

On the radiopharmaceuticals end, the company highlighted its new, high-performance chemistry system, FASTlab, designed to streamline positron emission tomography (PET) radiopharmaceutical production. The new platform which features a single-use cassette system, is designed to accommodate different chemistries, facilitating the production of multiple PET tracers, GE said.