Healthcare Industry News: Royal Philips
News Release - June 1, 2007
Philips' Innovative Nuclear Medicine Product Offerings Help Users Focus on the Big Picture of the Patient Care Cycle with Highly Detailed Images of Small LesionsSociety of Nuclear Medicine Highlights Help Improve Patient Management and Include Increased Global Adoption of PET/CT Time-of-Flight Technology, Sustainable SPECT System, and a New Preclinical System
WASHINGTON--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG ; AEX:PHI) today announced enhancements to Philips GEMINI TF PET/CT, the first commercial time-of-flight PET/CT, the nuclear medicine debut of Philips "green" BrightView SPECT and the launch of MOSAIC HP, a preclinical imaging system designed to help accelerate drug development and translational studies. Additional announcements included the commercial release of the PET/CT Pulmonary Toolkit, PET/CT Viewer for Philips iSite PACS and version 1.5, NetForum PET/CT, NanoSPECT/CT and JETStream Workspace 3.0. These offerings are being showcased alongside the complete Philips nuclear medicine portfolio at the 54th Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. (June 2-6).
"The breadth of our nuclear medicine products and solutions in PET, SPECT, molecular imaging (MI), preclinical imaging and radiation oncology promote clinical confidence for the physician and peace of mind for the patient," said Jay Mazelsky, senior vice president, nuclear medicine, for Philips Medical Systems. "Philips recognizes the importance of accurately viewing the physiological process at a molecular level and works to develop technologies that help our customers detect pathology earlier, faster and more accurately."
The installed base of Philips GEMINI TF PET/CT systems continues to grow globally--with more than 30 installed systems worldwide--due to strong customer satisfaction and clinical performance. The GEMINI TF with time-of-flight imaging has demonstrated improved image quality, reduced dose, faster scan times, and consistent image quality across all patient sizes.
"We've really gone another giant step forward in image resolution with time-of-flight," says Dr. Jim O'Donnell, section chief of Nuclear Imaging at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. "And the differential improvement in moving from conventional PET to time-of-flight is most prominent in larger patients because it overcomes the inherent physiological problems of size. The system really cleans up the scans in these larger patients."
Also on display is Philips BrightView SPECT. The BrightView SPECT system offers exceptional image quality in a fast, easy-to-use package and is surprisingly compact given its capabilities. The exclusive BodyGuard feature automatically contours to the patient, using a unique customizable scan distance preset by the operator. Differentiated further by exclusive Philips CloseUp technologies that enable higher resolution through smarter software, new electronics and minimal distance between detector and patient, BrightView SPECT is outfitted with a wide range of innovations to help healthcare providers manage patient care, regardless of patient size.
As a Philips "Green Flagship" product, BrightView is an example of Philips' dedication to providing technology with a sustainable life cycle that meets the needs of customers and society. Philips BrightView SPECT is proven to deliver substantially better environmental performance, using less than 50 percent of the hazardous substances found in its predecessor. BrightView is also designed to offer significant advances on packaging, recycling and disposal.
The Philips MOSAIC HP is the latest addition to Philips' comprehensive preclinical imaging product portfolio. With its extra-long imaging bore and long axial field of view, the MOSAIC HP offers unmatched flexibility to image a variety of research subjects as well as the capability to perform bio-distribution studies on a whole subject (mice) in a single bed position. Equipped with a high performance LYSO detector and optional subject handling system compatible with the NanoSPECT/CT system, MOSAIC HP addresses the key requirements of research scientists and is setting new standards in preclinical molecular imaging.
Additional Philips nuclear medicine highlights at SNM 2007 include the commercial availability of the following:
PET/CT Pulmonary Toolkit for Respiratory Correlated Imaging
Designed based on customer feedback, the PET/CT Pulmonary Toolkit uses advanced respiratory monitoring technologies that improve the diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT scans and to better integrate the diagnosis and treatment of oncology patients. Respiratory correlated imaging applied to PET improves the accuracy of PET attenuation correction and Standard Uptake Value (SUV) calculations, assists in small lesion detection and facilitates more precise localization. In radiation therapy it is also used to match PET and CT data for more accurate representation of tumor size and shape and improved assessment of tumor motion.
This new offering meets customer requirements for clinical applications in nuclear medicine, radiology and radiation oncology without sacrificing comfort for patients or ease of use for physicians.
PET/CT Viewer for Philips iSite PACS and version 1.5
Further enhancing the value of the GEMINI PET/CT is the PET/CT Viewer, providing users with a truly integrated, powerful, yet simple image review and analysis environment for routine clinical evaluation of PET/CT examinations. Philips has extended the availability of the PET/CT Viewer beyond the Philips Extended Brilliance Workspace to the Philips iSite PACS environment, along with introducing the latest release of version 1.5.
The PET/CT Viewer for the Philips iSite PACS addresses the need for universal PACS-based review of hybrid and multi-modal registered studies. The new system supports fused viewing of PET, CT, MR, and 3D SPECT and is available for iSite Radiology and iSite Enterprise. Added features include viewing layouts customized for a multi-monitor PACS environment, easy quantitative tools for SUVs and HUs, and quick saving of key images back to the PACS archive for a streamlined user experience.
PET/CT Viewer version 1.5, includes workflow and performance enhancements such as a volume SUV probe, fused MIP, 4D Fusion and faster image load. These features continue to improve efficiency for the clinician reading the exams and make routine archive and date storage functions easier for the technologist.
NetForum PET/CT Community
Philips has expanded its NetForum community to include PET/CT. Previously available to Philips CT and MR customers only, the NetForum PET/CT community is connecting Philips PET/CT customers from around the globe in a moderated virtual users meeting to share clinical experiences, learn from each other and optimize results. NetForum provides instant access to informative protocols, clinical case studies, applications tips and more. Registration is free and open to all Philips PET customers.
Available through a distribution agreement with Bioscan Inc. announced earlier this year, NanoSPECT/CT will help accelerate preclinical research, the discovery of new targeted biomarkers and the development and validation of new molecular diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The higher system sensitivity and sub-millimeter resolution achieved with NanoSPECT/CT through its patented Multiplexed Multi-Pinhole technology enables fast, dynamic SPECT scans - capabilities never before efficiently achieved on a preclinical SPECT imaging system. This is particularly helpful for monitoring and for accurate quantification of organ uptake and physiological changes with high temporal sampling, an important tool for preclinical research in oncology, cardiology and neurology.
JETStream Workspace 3.0
Expanding its SPECT offerings even further, Philips announced the commercial release of the JETStream Workspace 3.0, an integrated, personalized workflow solution for nuclear medicine that includes new process and image display enhancements, new image analysis tools and upgraded clinical applications for cardiac, bone, renal, salivary, lung and brain studies. Combined with IDL programming language, cardiac analysis software and an advanced image fusion package, the JETStream Workspace 3.0 is designed to help physicians confidently and conveniently increase efficiency and accuracy.
For more information about these products and more, visit Philips at booth #838 at the SNM annual meeting. Philips customers and media are also invited to attend the annual Philips SNM user meeting and reception on Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE:PHG ; AEX:PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity." Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 124,300 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of USD 34 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2006, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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