There has been exponential growth in concern for radiation dose, not
only among doctors but also among patients, who want to know the risks
and benefits of computed tomography (CT) and x-ray imaging.
Philips’ standpoint, we incorporate imaging as low as reasonably
achievable (ALARA) principle in every aspect of our technology.
dose management presents a unique challenge for imaging with CT and
nuclear medicine modalities because historically as dose is lowered,
image quality suffers. Above all, radiologists want better image
quality, at low dose without sacrificing speed. Clinicians don’t have
time to wait for an image, and want low dose without compromising
diagnostic value. We can help them deliver high image quality at lower
doses without sacrificing speed.
The best innovation happens at
the intersection of great science, great engineering, and great
clinicians who understand where the problems lie in patient care. We
intend to continue to partner with radiologists and clinicians to drive
improvement in the science of imaging. We at Philips Healthcare have
played a critical role in delivering solutions that improve image
quality at a lower dose.
When we introduced Imaging 2.0 last
year—a strategic initiative built on 3 pillars: clinical integration and
collaboration, patient focus, and improved economic value—the goal was
sharing your vision and advancing the science. By working side by side
with physicians and drawing on their insights, we have been able to
implement programs like DoseWise, a set of techniques and practices,
clinical education and reference protocols, for use in the clinical
This ongoing collaboration has led to the development of
6 new products in CT and nuclear medicine, each one built on the
targeted 3-pillar approach. What is so important about innovations like
SyncRight, a tool used to manage contrast injection, is they allow
clinicians and technologists to use low-dose solutions in combination
with our iCT family, Ingenuity CT family, and Brilliance 64-channel
scanners. These solutions usher in a new era in low-dose imaging.
further leverage these advances, we have introduced premium hybrid
imaging systems. The Ingenuity TF PET/CT system is an example of smart
integration that includes all of the benefits of the Ingenuity CT
platform. In SPECT/CT, the BrightView XCT is equipped with a flat-panel
cone-beam CT component designed for high-resolution low dose imaging.
The system comes with full iterative technology (FIT) to support
iterative reconstruction on both the SPECT and CT.
also gets back to integrating clinical practice and workflow with the
introduction of the IntelliSpace Portal, which has been a huge success
because it gives clinicians access to information virtually anywhere,
any time. In this way, the portal allows clinicians to collaborate
across the enterprise.
We are extremely proud to collaborate with all of the physicians gathered in this roundtable symposium hosted by Applied Radiology, as we consider them partners in our mission to advance science and improve healthcare through Imaging 2.0.