This November’s Nordic PET/CT User Meeting in Copenhagen will be hosted at Bispebjerg Hospital. The hospital has three PET/CT scanners – amongst these the Digital PET/CT, Discovery™ MI.
The hospital’s Department for Clinical Nuclear Medicine plays a vital role in the healthcare of the capital region, where they support oncology, cardiology, neurology and several other specialties with diagnostic imaging – and now with the new digital PET/CT technology, the possibility for faster exams, less radioactive dosage and more detailed imagery revealing smaller lesions.1
Among other things, the department runs the largest cardiology department in the region, where skilled clinicians perform more than 1.200 heart exams per year (now with PET/CT).
We have asked Head of the Department for Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Dr. Lars Friberg, what this digital technology means for the department.
Photo: Head of the Department for Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Dr. Lars Friberg.
“In Denmark we are witnessing a general increase in the need for PET/CT exams, because higher life expectancy rates means an increasing volume of patients with cancer, heart disease and dementia.
We procured the digital PET/CT scanner as one of three new scanners – the other two are conventional PET/CT scanners – so as to increase our capacity, but we had other reasons for choosing to go with the new digital technology.
Because of the digital detectors, this scanner has an exceptionally high resolution, which enables us to detect very small lesions that are otherwise difficult to discern using conventional technology – and that with significantly less dosage.
The digital model also allows us to perform PET/CT scans of the heart, because the detectors are fast enough to collect the data in the few heart beats it takes before the tracer is out of the heart again.”
Since the ribbon-cutting ceremony in February this year Dr. Lars Friberg and his colleagues have examined and diagnosed hundreds of patients using the new scanner, and they are truly exited to share with you the department’s first clinical experiences with Discovery MI – Digital PET/CT on November 13th.
About Bispebjerg Hospital’s new digital PET/CT scanner
The Discovery™ MI comes with the newly developed digital detectors, the so-called LightBurst Digital Detectors, which delivers up to two times improvement in volumetric resolution2 enabling small lesion detectability and has the highest NEMA sensitivity of any TOF/PET system in the industry. This system also features the latest diagnostic CT innovations with 100 percent better spatial resolution, with no increase in image noise with ASiR-VTM3. And Smart Metal Artefact Reduction (MAR) virtually eliminates streaks and shadows from metal artefacts, saving valuable time previously spent correcting images, increasing the number of successful scans for patients.4
Join us for the Nordic PET/CT User Meeting in Copenhagen, November 13-14, 2017.
Contact our Nordic Clinical Leader Tarik Cengiz for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Interview with Dr. Lars Friberg, Bispebjerg Hospital, January 2017 + GE Newsroom
 Improved detectability as demonstrated in phantom testing.
 In clinical practice, the use of ASiR-V may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location, and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task. Low Contrast Detectability (LCD), Image Noise, Spatial Resolution and Artifact were assessed using reference factory protocols comparing ASiR-V and FBP. The LCD measured in 0.625 mm slices and tested for both head and body modes using the MITA CT IQ Phantom (CCT183, The Phantom Laboratory), using model observer method.