SNM 06: Fusion imaging and workflow bring on the 'buzz'

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hiit040611 The Society of Nuclear Medicine’s (SNM) annual meeting heads to sunny Southern California this month, gathering from June 3-7 in San Diego. If you’ll be onsite with the 3,900-plus expected professional attendees, you can take part in an assortment of education programs and stroll the exhibit hall filled with more than 190 manufacturers and providers of equipment, products, and services. Inside the exhibit hall, the buzz will focus on PET/CT and SPECT/CT systems, dedicated SPECT units, as well as image management and workflow optimization within the nuclear medicine department.

Here are some details on a variety of the products that will be on display in the exhibit hall. For more details on industry and product news during the meeting, visit us online at

Digirad Corp. (Booth #505) is featuring its Cardius-3 triple-head gamma camera targeted for nuclear cardiac imaging. The three-detector, solid-state design delivers high count statistics, with excellent sensitivity and image quality. With its modern and compact design, the Cardius-3 offers a true open gantry design, allowing it to fit in rooms as small as 8 x 7 feet. Utilizing optimized cardiac collimation, and a cardiocentric technique, the Cardius-3 features Digirad’s latest advances in nuclear cardiology.

GE Healthcare (Booth #714) is showcasing the DISCOVERY STE PET/CT scanner and its applications in imaging for cancer, heart disease, and neurological conditions to diagnose disease earlier and monitor a patient’s course of treatment. At the heart of the Discovery STE is the Discovery Dimension Console, fully integrated to optimize PET/CT workflow.

GE Healthcare also is highlighting the Discovery VCT 64-slice PET/CT system that combines the company’s LightSpeed VCT and Discovery PET systems.

The company also is focusing on recent advances:

  • The Infinia Hawkeye nuclear medicine system provides users with improvements in coverage and acquisition time. Specifically, Infinia Hawkeye 4 (4-slice) is able to increase diagnostic confidence and efficiency for lesion localization and attenuation correction, GE said;
  • Evolution for Bone – a recently introduced suite of reconstruction tools for GE’s Infinia with Xeleris functional imaging workstation provides clinicians with excellent image clarity and up to a 50 percent reduction in imaging time; and
  • GE in collaboration with UltraSPECT is showcasing Xpress.cardiac, the new wide beam reconstruction (WBR) technology for faster nuclear cardiovascular imaging.

Finally, GE is featuring its high-capacity commercial cyclotron for PET radioisotope production. The new PETtrace10 provides customers with high PET radioisotope production capability, offering PET radiopharmaceutical users increased capacity and reliability for producing PET radioisotopes. And, GE’s FASTlab will be at SNM too, a multi-tracer cassette-based PET chemistry synthesis platform with an integrated cassette preloaded with pharmaceutical grade reagents resulting in faster synthesis and higher yields.

Hitachi Medical Systems America (Booth #204) is highlighting the SceptreC Cardiac PET system which is specifically configured to perform cardiac PET. The system allows the utilization of both Rubidium-82 for myocardial perfusion and 18-FDG for myocardial viability. The LSO-based system has been optimized with 3D Pico electronics to provide high-count rate capability and the Emory Cardiac PET Toolbox for cardiac quantification.

The SceptreC features fast acquisition times using a four-minute emission and two-minute transmission protocol that results in a high-quality myocardial perfusion study, the company said. 

Numa Inc. (Booth #1236) is introducing two new products designed to enhance digital workflow in the nuclear medicine arena. The NumaServer enables ultra-fast, secure transfer of PET, SPECT and fusion data over any network or the internet. Also debuting is NumaRead that enables translation of images from non-DICOM to DICOM format, while automating storage migration from CD, MOD and DAT tape archive media to NumaStore online RAID, DVD or other long-term archive including PACS.

NumaServer fulfills an important need in nuclear medicine to facilitate image communication beyond the department and enterprise. It can be configured to pull images automatically from any DICOM source on a network and to push images to any DICOM destination. Files are encrypted and compressed to enable secure ultra-fast data transfer