IQon Elite Spectral CT: Scanner with Unique Dual Energy Detector by Philips

IQon Elite Spectral CT Scanner with Unique Dual Energy-Detector by Philips

Philips, Dutch Technology Company on December 14, 2017, launched a brand new true spectral CT scanner named the IQon Elite Spectral CT.

Spectral CT can scan body tissues more closely, which reveals important information about the composition of tissue anatomy. The different frequencies of X-rays in a spectral CT can be compared to different colors of light, which are produced by different frequencies of visible radiation. In a spectral CT, molecules of iodine show up at lower energies, while the visual impact of metal can be reduced during visualizing the higher energy data.

This device is developed in a partnership with radiologists at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. It has a dual energy NanoPanel prism detector with an efficient yttrium-based scintillator. Different energy X-rays can be emitted simultaneously by a single tube source, which allows generation of spectral CT images that are specifically aligned to each other. For comparison, other spectral CTs take turns emitting X-rays at different energies, which also results in having to make a choice of whether to use conventional or spectral before starting the examination.

With the IQon Elite Spectral CT, every scan is both a spectral and conventional scan and the imaging from both is available following an exam. No more radiation is used than in a conventional comparable scan and the workflow doesn’t change either, making the introduction of the technology easy on the staff.

According to Medical Imaging report published by Coherent Market Insights, medical images using CT scan technique can aid in visualizing tissues, which can reveal disease progression in an individual. Software allows radiologists to analyze the conventional CT images to slide through different energy levels ranging from 40 to 200 keV for visualizing the same anatomy at different wavelength.

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