Philips showcases clinical results of time-of-flight imaging for PET/CT

Philips Medical Systems this week revealed clinical results from its Gemini TF (Time of Flight) PET/CT system and introduced an enhanced JETStream Workspace version 3.0 which offers new workflow and image display enhancements, new image analysis tools, as well as upgrades in clinical applications such as cardiac, bone, renal, salivary and brain.

GEMINI TF features time of flight PET imaging, which Philips calls TruFlight. Regardless of patient size, the system is designed to improve image quality, consistency and performance with low count-rate imaging, according to Philips. It enables small lesion detectability and permits higher patient throughput thanks to a reduction in noise resulting in higher image quality, shorter scans or lower dose. Three units are in field tests – one at the the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania conducting research on four to five patients daily; one at University Hospitals in Cleveland imaging seven to eight patients a day and focused on clinical work; and one at Montefiore focused on quick image acquisitions that images about 15 patients per day, Philips said. Full commercial release of the system is slated for late this month.

The enhanced version of the JETStream Workspace version 3.0 offers new workflow and image display enhancements and upgraded clinical applications. It also now includes IDL – the programming language for data visualization and analysis developed by RSI – that is now available on the workspace. It allows customers to develop and customize their own applications. All in all, JETStream Workspace is an integrated, personalized workflow management system designed to help clinicians operate with more speed, diagnose with greater accuracy, convey results to referring physicians faster and more conveniently, and run a practice more effectively.

Version 3.0 will be available as a software-only upgrade.

Philips also is featuring the new PET/CT Viewer application for the Extended Brilliance Workspace, launched in March at the American College of Cardiology meeting, which provides PET users with integrated image review and analysis environment for routine clinical evaluation of PET/CT examinations. It is adaptable to the workflow needs of individual users and substantially improves workflow and efficiency for routine clinical review. It also allows applications to be put on an enterprise network.

The company also is showcasing its Astonish 2.0 image processing tool that began shipping in January. It is installed at more than 250 sites.