GE nets global orders for Discovery PET/CT scanners

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GE Healthcare has installed its new Discovery PET/CT 600-series scanners at multiple locations globally.

The first clinical installs will be completed at Miami Baptist Hospital in Florida, University Hospital of Bichat in Paris; Queensland X-Ray at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Australia; Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.; and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"This first set of installations is a big step forward in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease," said Terri Bresenham, newly appointed vice president and general manager of GE's global molecular imaging business. "Partnering with clinics in the United States, Europe and the Asia/Pacific Region, we will be able to reach more patients globally with the latest advancements in oncology, neurology and cardiovascular technologies."

The new system leverages the high-speed, high-resolution capabilities of GE's LightSpeed VCT, which, with 40mm of coverage, reduces CT acquisition times and CT dose, the company said. Static organs can be imaged in about one second, the lung in about as two seconds and a whole-body trauma could be performed in less than 10 seconds.