Image: The Incisive CT platform (Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare).
A new computerized tomography (CT) platform assists healthcare providers and imaging departments to achieve smart clinical decision-making and increased efficiency.
The Royal Philips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Incisive CT platform helps providers manage operational costs by providing a ‘Tube for Life’ guarantee, under which Philips will replace the system’s X-ray tube--a key system component--at no additional cost throughout the entire lifetime of the system (10 years). And to minimize the eventual cost of obsolescence, the system is also available with the Philips Technology Maximizer program, which provides the latest available software and hardware updates as they are released.
In addition to economic value, the Incisive CT incorporates a range of innovations to support high image quality at a low dose, while also enhancing efficiency and workflow. Features include DoseWise Portal, a web-based dose monitoring solution that collects, measures, analyzes, and reports both patient and staff radiation exposure, helping to control quality of care, efficiency, and patient and staff safety. Also, the Philips’ OnPlan patient-side gantry controls let the technologist do more directly from the scanner, such as setup and pre-scan adjustments, minimizing time spent away from the patient.
In addition, the Philips iDose4 Premium Package includes two leading technologies that can improve image quality – iDose4, which improves image quality through artifact prevention and increased spatial resolution at low dose; and metal artifact reduction for large orthopedic implants (O-MAR), which reduces artifacts caused by large orthopedic implants. Together they produce high image quality with reduced artifacts. Finally, a 70 kV scan mode allows for improved low-contrast detectability and confidence at low dose, without sacrificing image quality.
“As CT has evolved to become a key pillar of radiology practice, expectations from healthcare providers have changed. Incisive CT combines a unique range of innovations that empower hospitals to deliver on the promise of value-based healthcare,” said Karim Boussebaa, business leader of CT and advanced molecular imaging at Philips. “Today, a CT system is much more than just an advanced diagnostic tool. It’s a diagnostic imaging cornerstone that has to provide answers to the pressing financial, clinical and operational challenges that today’s healthcare organizations face.”