Royal Gwent Hospital Newport Invests In Philips Spect/CT With Brightview XCT

May 20, 2011

Royal Gwent Hospital, part of the Aneurin Bevan Health Board recently invested in Philips SPECT/CT with BrightView XCT.   Designed entirely for nuclear medicine, Philips has combined its extensive understanding of what works for the user and patient with advanced intelligence in technology and services.    Alison Lee, Superintendent Clinical Practitioner comments, “We like the image quality we are obtaining, both for nuclear medicine and CT images and also the fast CT acquisition time.   The large bore and the table weight limit allows us to acquire images on heavier patients and there is good manoeuvrability between the dual heads.    Alison continues, “We also like the fast and easy set-up of acquisitions, which can be undertaken either with the remote station at the patient’s side or from the control room. The system is very flexible, easy to use and most importantly patient friendly.”


BrightView XCT SPECT/CT system offers exception image quality in a fast, easy-to-use package. It enables low patient dose levels, high resolution localisation and high-quality attenuation correct with the potential for fewer artefacts and shorter examination times.   In addition, it is extremely compact and can be scaled to fit different needs and budgets.   Designed to be easily upgradeable to future configurations, its compact footprint enables the system to be installed in very small rooms.


It comes with Philips Astonish advanced reconstruction tool, designed to improve SPECT resolution, image contrast and signal-to-noise texture.  Astonish software, developed by Philips, provides clinicians with powerful control of resolution recovery and an application-specific optimisation of noise suppression, creating the ability to manipulate resolution and noise that results in exceptional image quality.   It features a patented dual-filtering technique to minimise noise and help to improve uniformity and it also allows for the use of an attenuation map to provide, in addition to resolution recovery, photon-specific scatter and attenuation corrections.  Benefits include a reduction in isotopes injected into the patient without sacrificing diagnostic accuracy, as well as fewer generator outages resulting from the shortage of 99m-Tc.


Another feature is Concurrent Imaging acquisition software to enable clinicians to acquire multiple (up to fifteen) image sets simultaneously.   A single data acquisition can produce multiple, different, image sets configured around various agents and imaging parameters, resulting in superior image quality and comprehensive data.


Innovative design of the patient table creates an optimum environment for all patients, regardless of size.   With a wide, open gantry, the table can support up to 227 kg, with an ultra-thin pallet that glides smoothly into position.    A wide range of detector radius motion keeps detectors close to the patient, even when imaging infants or small regions of the body.   In addition, the 10-axis gantry affords increased patient comfort without compromising system stability.


Patient comfort is also improved with Philips’ intelligent software for flexible breathing. Due to its software, BrightView XCT allows patients to breathe normally during both SPECT and CT.    In addition, Philips has also introduced for nuclear medicine its BodyGuard contouring technology.  It is the only contouring method that actually senses the size and location of the patient and other conductive objectives, employing electromagnetic sensors to define patient contours.


 Shown here (left to right, front row) Gary Bailey, Sales Specialist, Phillips Healthcare, Alison Lee, Superintendent Clinical Practitioner, Kirsty Vagi, Support Worker (seated) Helen Blundell, Senior Physicist (standing) and David Talbot, Philips Healthcare (seated)

Left to right, back row, Rebecca Jones, Senior Radiographer, Chris Wilson, Nuclear Medicine Sales Specialist, Philips Healthcare, Sarah Manger, Paul Widger and Jason Elliott, Senior Radiographers and Dr. Sukhdev Singh, Consultant Radiologist.