GE introduces new LightSpeed VCT system

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GE Healthcare introduced its next-generation volume CT (computed tomography) scanner, LightSpeed VCT, at Stanford University's 6th Annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT, June 23 - 26, in San Francisco.

GE states the LightSpeed VCT captures images of any organ in one second, scans the whole body in fewer than 10 seconds, and captures images of the heart and coronary arteries in fewer than five heartbeats. In a single rotation, the system creates 64 submillimeter images, totaling 40-mm of anatomical coverage, which are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy for the physician to analyze.

W. Dennis Foley, MD, chief of digital imaging at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and professor of radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, presented his experience with the LightSpeed VCT at the conference. For 22 years, GE Healthcare has teamed with Froedtert Hospital, site of the first LightSpeed VCT installation, to receive feedback on best clinical practices for advanced CT systems, including diagnosis of disease and injury.

"This system provides unprecedented image quality almost instantaneously, which should offer significant impact in cardiovascular medicine and trauma," said Foley. "The LightSpeed VCT also should improve imaging in neurology, oncology and other fields."