"The big advantage of these new systems is that we can get much more information from the scans using the same amount of radiation,” Marjan Hennipman, Unit Head of the Radiology Department at UMC Utrecht. “In addition, scans need to be repeated less often, which is also a great advantage for patients."
UMC Utrecht’s purchase of these new scanners is in line with its policy of using high quality imaging to provide patients with more targeted treatment. The Philips Spectral CT scanners, which incorporate a dual-layer spectral detector that differentiates between high energy and low energy X-ray photons to provide spectral images, enhance UMC Utrecht’s diagnostic capabilities so that its medical teams can quickly provide a reliable diagnosis and an effective treatment plan for the patient. In addition, the patient does not have to spend as long in the scanner, because the scans are completed within seconds.
"With the help of spectral information, a diagnosis can be made more often in one go. For example, a blood clot can be found more easily, the blood flow in organs can be deduced, and information can also be obtained about the tissue composition of a possible tumor,” said Professor Pim de Jong, Medical Department Head of Radiology at UMC Utrecht. “In principle, a lot of additional information can be obtained about the general condition of a patient, such as bone density and muscle quality. Finally, we want to investigate whether this method is also more sustainable, for example, in terms of using less contrast agent."