Healthcare Industry News:  computed tomography 

Devices Radiology Oncology

 News Release - August 19, 2009

Long Beach PET Imaging Center Completes Installation of New State-of-the-Art PET/CT Scanner

Siemens Biograph PET/CT First in Area

Cuts Scan Time in Half and Offers Enhanced Lesion Detection


LONG BEACH, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Long Beach PET Imaging Center, a leading diagnostic imaging center in the Long Beach, Calif.-area, announced today it has completed the installation of a new state-of-the-art HD (high-definition) PET/CT scanner, the first of its kind in the area.

The Siemens Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT with HD and True-V technologies performs PET/CT scans in about 10 minutes, less than half of the time of traditional PET/CT studies, which can take anywhere from 25-40 minutes. Furthermore, the HD feature of the Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT scanner allows physicians to spot the smallest lesions detectable on any scanner (those not normally found in today’s technologies) through its enhanced clarity, improved resolution and better uniformity. The Siemens Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT is the only high-definition scanner available in the marketplace today.

Long Beach PET Imaging Center has been providing imaging services including PET/CT to patients, payors and physicians throughout Long Beach and the surrounding Southern California communities for more than eight years. The Siemens Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT scanner brings a new dimension in imaging to patients, payors and physicians served by Long Beach PET.

“We are extremely excited to bring this new technology to Long Beach and the surrounding areas. The types of the scans that can be performed by the Siemens Biograph 40 will dramatically enhance the quality of imaging services the community will now be able to access. In fact, scans on patients are already being performed, and we are seeing very positive results and extremely rapid turnaround times,” explained Jeffrey Allen Dobkin, M.D., medical director, at Long Beach PET.

“Most importantly, this scanner -- because of its high-definition capability -- allows us to detect the smallest of lesions. This early detection of cancer can certainly make a significant difference in one’s life. For years, Long Beach PET has been on the cutting edge of providing quality scans in the areas of cardiology, oncology and neurology. This scanner will only enhance our capabilities within the radiology and imaging services arena,” Dobkin said.

The Siemens Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT combines positron emission technology and computed tomography. The PET provides functional information at the molecular level while the CT offers anatomical data. Other features of the Siemens Biograph TruePoint PET/CT include a comfortable, award-winning table design; non-claustrophobic open gantry system; proven crystal technology; the best PET and CT resolution available; the highest resolution at any pitch; and the highest standard rotational speed.

Long Beach PET Imaging Center has been providing imaging services to patients, payors and physicians throughout Long Beach and the surrounding Southern California communities since 2001. Services offered at Long Beach PET Imaging Center and Liberty Pacific Medical Imaging include diagnostic PET, CT, MRI, x-ray, ultrasound and digital radiography. The center features the latest in imaging technologies including the new state-of-the-art Siemens 40-slice Biograph PET/CT with HD. At Long Beach PET Imaging Center, patients also experience the flexibility of same-day and/or next-day appointments, extended hours of operation, convenient parking and easy insurance acceptance and reimbursements as well as other benefits. For more information, please visit www.longbeachpetct.com.


Source: Long Beach PET Imaging Center

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