GE researchers attempt to extend what can be seen with CT

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discovery_vct GE Healthcare recently announced that researchers in Haifa, Israel, have captured what could be the first phantom images from a computed tomography (CT) detector.  Engineers at GE’s research center produced a “Spectral CT” image that provides new and different information not captured with existing CT detector technology, the company said.

Gene Saragnese, global vice president of Molecular Imaging & CT at GE Healthcare, said this technology may allow CT to see beyond shades of gray through photon counting that could facilitate the separation of materials in stationary and moving objects such as calcium and iodine in coronary arteries.

“This advanced research technology, in addition, has the potential to achieve significantly improved spatial resolution the low x-ray dose associated with photon level detection,” added Saragnese.

GE believes this new detector could change the way we look at CT imaging. When dynamically acquiring energy data, the detector counts each individual photon capturing more information on the object with the ability to break down information based on position, type and tissue characteristics.

In mid-summer, a research system is planned to be installed at a clinical partner site in Israel.