Johns Hopkins and Lenox Hill install Philips SPECT/CT
Royal Philips Electronics this week announced that its Precedence SPECT/CT system has been activated at two hospitals including Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, N.Y. 

According to Philips, Precedence is the first hybrid SPECT/CT system on the market to offer high-end, fast acquisition 16-slice computed tomography (CT).  The system operates by combining imaging algorithms with 16-slice CT to produce myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary artery imaging.  Precedence is also designed to offers improve diagnosis and treatment for other clinical indications, including cancer and neurological diseases.

The Precedence system provides registered and individual SPECT and CT in addition to attenuation corrected nuclear medicine images.  Before such hybrid systems were available, SPECT and CT data sets were taken individually and compared, which was problematic when patients changed positions or when a considerable amount of time had elapsed between studies.  The Precedence SPECT/CT system is designed to alleviate this problem, Philips said.