GE Healthcare touts LightSpeed VCT success

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GE Healthcare last week announced it has the largest global install base of 64-slice detector CT systems in the world. The company made the announcement at Heart Rhythm 2005, the Heart Rhythm Society's 26th annual scientific sessions in New Orleans.

As of last week, GE will have shipped 50 LightSpeed VCT systems, and expects to have shipped 350 LightSpeed VCT systems globally by the close of 2005, GE Healthcare told Health Imaging and IT.

The LightSpeed VCT creates 64 submillimeter images in a single rotation which amounts to 40 millimeters of anatomical coverage. The data are combined to create a 3D view of a patient's anatomy with hopes of offering less-invasive treatment options. The system is able to capture images of the heart in only five heartbeats which is something no other CT system can offer, according to GE Healthcare.

Some features of the LightSpeed VCT are the AW Card EP software option which allows for increased precision in pre-planning for electrophysiology procedures (EP), and provides cardiologists a tool for easier 3D processing of CT images used in EP Ablation planning and biventricular lead placement procedures.