GE Medical Systems revs up nuclear medicine system

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GE Medical Systems (GEMS) has upgraded its Infinia Hawkeye nuclear medicine system with a new detector designed to increase diagnostic utility.

 The Infinia Hawkeye -- which combines single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and computed tomography (CT) in one system -- will feature a one-inch Elite detector with 95 photomultiplier tubes to enable imaging with high and medium energy isotopes, while preserving image quality at low energies.

 Introduced earlier this year, GEMS' nuclear medicine system includes high flux patient-specific attenuation correction, an anatomically specific correction map that removes undesired artifacts.

 GEMS currently has an agreement with the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) to exclusively market and distribute the SPECT/CT dual-modality technology patented by UCSF. The use of any x-ray tube device for generation of an attenuation map is covered by the UCSF patent.