"It is now possible to carry out an exploration of the entire aorta in seconds, with minimal iodine injection,” said Professor Philippe Douek, radiologist and project lead in Lyon University Hospital’s radiology department and guest speaker at Philips’ 3rd Annual Spectral CT and AI Virtual Summit (November 9, 2022).
Commenting on the convenience of the Spectral CT 7500’s always-on spectral data capture, radiographer Béatrice Rocher at the hospital’s imaging department said, “All the data is acquired in one go and remains available all the time. This is a real benefit because we can review the images in spectral mode at any time and further improve the quality of our diagnosis. In addition, the data acquisition system is unchanged compared to a standard acquisition, which is a real working comfort.”
Access to state-of-the-art equipment also promotes the attractiveness and retention of talent for our hospital and helps improve the quality of care in this region of France. One such example is the Spectral Photon CT Counting (SPCCT) project, an EU funded consortium of health systems and technology providers. During the project, Prof. Douek and team had access to the Philips Photon Counting prototype – a research system, not commercially available – which “…could benefit from the scientific advances of teams from various disciplines, but also that these researchers and practitioners benefit in return from the possibilities offered by this outstanding technology.” The SPCCT project focused on developing and validating a “…widely accessible, new quantitative and analytical in vivo imaging technology combining Spectral Photon Counting CT** and contrast agents, to accurately and early detect, characterize and monitor neurovascular and cardiovascular disease”. One outcome of the project was the first photon counting, human cardiac scan in the world.