Imaging – Computed Tomography
Innovation in imaging
Philips Healthcare is one of the world leaders in developing innovative
Callan Emery spoke to Maarten Hovers, Business Manager Imaging Systems, Philips
Middle East & Turkey, about their latest developments in the field of Computed
Callan Emery: Philips has a range of
CT scanners – from the top end (iCT),
to the performance segment, the
Ingenuity CT and Brilliance CT range,
and the entry level MX16EVO. Can we
expect any new scanners to be added to
this range in the near future?
Maarten Hovers: Philips will unveil a
new configuration in the Ingenuity family
of CT scanners. The Ingenuity Flex32 will
be the next CT scanner configuration of
the Ingenuity Family. Built with
outstanding flexibility, the Ingenuity
Flex32 will be designed to deliver high
image quality at low dose, with the speed
needed for excellent patient care.
In addition to scanner announcements,
Philips CT offers a unique knowledge-based
model approach to iterative reconstruction
techniques that have industry-leading low
contrast resolution. IMR is transforming
CT imaging and is designed to provide
virtually noise-free image quality with
improvements in low contrast detectability.
At RSNA in Chicago in November,
Philips introduced the the iCT Elite
configuration – the next generation of the
iCT. It delivers all of the benefits of the
iCT TVI — including the iDose4
Premium Package, the Rate Responsive
Toolkit, Step & Shoot Complete, Jog
Scan and Advanced Brain Perfusion.
Moreover, the Elite Package workflow is
powered by iPatient, the new NanoPanel
II3D detector, and is IMR-ready – making
it a truly Elite scanner!
As mentioned earlier, Philips also introduced the Ingenuity Flex32 which uses
Ingenuity DAS technology, which utilises
a 32-slice acquisition providing an
improvement in z-axis visualisation.
CE: Why is Philips introducing these
scanners? What is the driving force
behind your innovation?
MH: Philips CT is committed to
strengthening the backbone of diagnostics
in revolutionary ways. We are focused on
delivering innovations that can have an
impact on the clinical value of CT and to
give clinicians new ways to enhance
patient care and increase diagnostic confidence.
Philips’ new products and solutions
will transform patient-centred
CE: In the Middle East – the GCC –
what is Philips’ top selling CT scanner?
Why this particular model?
MH: By far, the top selling model in the
Middle East has been the Brilliance 64,
with over 100 sold in the region.
It is a cardiac workhorse with high
image quality. However, with the introduction
of the Ingenuity platform, people
are now starting to notice the unique
capabilities it provides. In addition, the iCT, in our premium segment continues to
impress users, particularly those who need
advanced cardiac capabilities. The top
selling item in the Middle East, is the
iDose4 Premium Package, which
continues to draw significant interest
throughout the market.
CE: What exactly is iDose4 and how
does it work?
MH: iDose4 gives you control of the dial so
you can personalise image quality and dose
based on your patients’ needs at low dose.
When used in combination with the
advanced technologies of the iCT,
Ingenuity, and Brilliance scanner families,
this provides a unique approach to
managing important factors in patient care
– a new era in low energy, low dose and low
injected contrast imaging. iDose4 reconstruction
is achieved in seconds rather than
minutes. The majority of reference protocols
are reconstructed in 60 seconds or less.
It’s easy to use and easy to adopt into your
existing standard of care.
In addition, Philips recently announced
the iDose4 Premium Package, which
includes two leading technologies that
can improve image quality- iDose4 and
metal artefact reduction for large
orthopaedic implants (O-MAR). iDose4
improves image quality through artefact
prevention and increased spatial resolution
at low dose. O-MAR reduces artefacts
caused by large orthopaedic
implants. Together they produce high
image quality with reduced artefacts.
CE: Is the CT market in the Middle East
expanding year on year? At what rate?
MH: Yes, we continue to see CT growth
in the Middle East market as government’s
across the Middle East invest in increased
healthcare infrastructure, both in the form
of new hospitals and also in upgrades of existing facilities. It’s an exciting
the Middle East healthcare system. The
increase in facilities also comes with an
overall growth in healthcare professionals
across the region who expect to use the
latest medical imaging equipment. The
rate of growth is still being realised.
CE: Can you explain what Philips’
Brilliance Workspace is?
MH: The award winning (EBW)
Brilliance Workspace is a powerful workstation
featuring state-of-the-art CT postprocessing
capabilities designed to
enhance workflow and increase productivity
by working the way you do. The
Brilliance Workspace with its friendly CT
user environment is rich in applications
and scalable to future needs. Brilliance
Workspace has a vast amount of clinical
applications and is designed around four
major areas: ease of use based on the
Guided Flow principle; advanced clinical
solutions, powerful performance and
outstanding image quality.
CE: You have also developed Visualisation Software for CT. What
does this do?
MH: The Philips IntelliSpace Portal turns
standard configuration computers into an
advanced multimodality imaging systems
workspace. Users can work on advanced
visualisation in a preferred environment,
using patient data without worrying about
the modality of origin or moving to a
specialised workstation. Users can also unlock the power of CT, magnetic
(MR) and nuclear medicine
systems with rich clinical applications
that are accessible virtually anywhere
whether in the home, at the office or on
the road. Radiology is the hub of the
healthcare facility. Easy clinical workflow
and collaboration tools can help streamline
daily routines. Reaching out to referring
physicians and specialists is easy with
Philips’ medical networking platform.
CE: A few years back development
in CT focused on developing increasing
strength, going from a 16 to 256 slice
CT, for example. The development focus
appears to have changed. Besides developing
methods to reduce radiation dose,
in what other facets of CT is your
research and development taking place?
MH: Philips CT is dedicated to reshaping
imaging in ways never thought possible
through its continued leadership in the
scientific advances of iterative reconstruction
techniques, workflow, advanced visualisation
and detector technologies. We
are focused on how these innovations can
improve patient care. At this year’s
RSNA, Philips CT showcased new products,
solutions, and future technologies
that will transform patient-centred
imaging in radical new ways.
CE: Where do you envision CT
going in the future? Where does Philips
want to take it?
MH: It’s one thing to build meaningful technologies that reshape imaging, it’s
another to make sure they are inherent in
the way our clinicians work. For
example, Philips’ iPatient is an advanced
platform that delivers focused innovations
to facilitate patient-centred
imaging now, and in the future. Based on
the award winning EBW, iPatient puts
you in control of innovative solutions
that drive confidence and consistency
through personalised patient-centric
workflow. It helps to deliver more from
your investment by allowing the ability
to do complex and advanced procedures.
And, iPatient is the platform for delivering
future CT discoveries like Spectral
Imaging and IMR – moreover, it is built
to speed up implementation of new innovations.
Our continued focus is on the
impact innovations such as iPatient and
IMR have on improving the care being
delivered to patients.
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