News | January 02, 2008

First Mobile PET-CT Scanners Delivered to Florida Radiation Oncology Group

January 3, 2008 - Siemens Healthcare, Molecular Imaging Division, has delivered the first two newly redesigned mobile Biograph 6 TruePoint positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET-CT) systems to the Florida Radiation Oncology Group (FROG), a division of Integrated Community Oncology Network (ICON), in Jacksonville, FL, aiming to simplify treatment follow-up for patients who before may travel up to 60 miles for necessary follow-up imaging.

FROG is the first customer to receive the enhanced mobile Biograph systems, which have been redesigned to incorporate hardware improvements, such as a shorter gantry to reclaim critical space in the scan room, a special cantilevered patient handling system with automatic lock-down and a completely integrated closed loop cooling system with no external chilling requirement. The new mobile systems also boast significant workflow improvements, containing over 50 percent faster set-up times, an advanced media viewer and front mounted gating inputs, adding up to improved ergonomics and ease of use.

These are also the first mobile PET-CT systems to feature TrueV, extended field of view technology and are upgradeable to High-Definition PET (HD- PET), which provides distortion-free imaging throughout the entire field of view. When TrueV and HD-PET are combined, FROG physicians will reportedly have a larger and clearer field of view than they have experienced with older technology. The result will yield improved resolution all the way down to 2 millimeters, allowing physicians to clearly visualize the smallest of lesions from the center of the PET image to the edges.

For more information: www.usa.siemens.com/medical

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