CT technology - A promising advancement for next generation

10/10/2021

Computed tomography or CT scan is mainly known for improved and high-quality images, lowering the dose, and streamlining the doctors' workflow. The recent launch of high-powered CT technology is chasing the challenge with deep learning and other related technology to deliver high-resolution images and speed up CT scan sessions.

CT scanners minimize their size and are more portable, allowing more hospitals to employ the technology. In addition, manufacturers put a lot of effort into building effective CT technology, making them more competitive. Have a look at what's new in advanced CT scan technology.

Canon Medical

Canon Medical is working to improve and enhance its Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE), which minimizes the noise disturbance from the background and ultimately improves images in hand. In addition, it uses deep learning reconstruction to make CT technology more accurate and coherent. At the start of the year, the company introduced Aquilion Lightning and Aquilion Exceed LB and made them available and integrated into the operation. 

The goal of developing AiCE technology is to deliver more optimized and prime patient care. In an interaction with the leader of Canon Medical company Dhruv Mehta, he discussed the accessibility and diagnostic CT range. He said, "We're the only supplier with this capacity, and we've made it accessible throughout our complete diagnostic CT range."

In addition, Canon Medical improved its Deep Learning Spectral capability on the Aquilion ONE PRISM at the beginning of this year. It allows the earliest and sole 1-Beat Spectral cardiac capabilities in the industry. In December of last year, the Food and drug administration approved the Aquilion Exceed LB, which has a 90-centimeter bore aperture and the company's most comprehensive line of vision.

The 90-cm broad bore is especially useful in traumatic and bariatric screening, as well as radiation oncology treatments, where patient placement and position can be difficult.

In radiation therapy, it is essential to take the position while CT imaging where the treatment should undergo. That's the point where you can observe the 90cm bore to provide you with a clear image.

Also, a new addition will come in Canon Medical, an Aquilion Lightning, and Aquilion Prime SP scanners. This project was started at the beginning of the year with the collaboration of West Virginia University. The aim is to provide a mobile lung cancer screening initiative with accessibility in undeveloped areas.

Canon Medical has partnered with Cleerly, a cloud-based software company that delivers auto-generated atherosclerosis diagnoses based on cardiovascular CT scans.

CurveBeam

CurveBeam introduced a weight-bearing CT technology scanner, "HiRise," and it received FDA approval in the November of the previous year. It helps scan lower body parts such as limbs or hips, or pelvis, in a standing position. The HiRise has been installed in several locations globally, according to Vinti Singh, CurveBeam's director of marketing. Also, he added, "The speed with which it's been embraced gives us hope."

The business wants to extend permission further than hip and pelvis so that weight-bearing scans of the lumbar spine and sacrum may be performed. CurveBeam is also working on a table for the HiRise that will allow physicians to scan the entire body part in the supine posture, excluding the shoulders, based on patient body size, and comparing weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing imaging. 

CurveBeam also debuted its CubeVue Autometrics at a few trial sites the year before. The web-based technology employs artificial intelligence to separate and evaluate ankle and foot data sources. Otherwise, it takes a day to assess the weight-bearing data set manually.

Curve beam also launched its cloud storage and backups solution that will help simplify DICOM dataset storage and transport. 

FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas Corporation

The two businesses, FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. and FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas Corporation (previously Hitachi Healthcare Americas), recently revealed that they had combined and are now recognized as FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas Corporation. 

A senior director of marketing for FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas Corporation explained that the whole spectrum of the Scenaria View, Supria True 64, Supria, and the Persona CT [presents] premium to value client solutions, which is a wonderful addition to what we currently have.

He also added, "You'll notice a lot of new product options in the coming months as we continue to develop our comprehensive platform." The firm is concentrating on reducing radiation dosage as well as developing bariatric image quality. 

Additional oncology functionality linked to 4D gating technology will be added to the Persona CT and interaction with Varian's Real-time Position Management (RPM) and Respiratory Gating for Scanners (RGSC). With Varian's linear accelerator, the pattern of breathing is monitored and mapped using an infrared camera. In the coming days, the company will probably introduce version 1.7 of its Persona CT software.

Philips

Philips introduced an AI-enabled Precise Suite in March 2020 that facilitates smooth workflow, high image resolution, and radiation dose reduction. The software is presently only accessible for the Incisive CT scanner from the business. It is intended to decrease imaging variability across users, reduce dosage, and shorten exam durations. Another element of the Precise Suite, known as Precise Cardiac, launched at the beginning of the year is a new Spectral CT 7500.

Precise Cardiac is a robust algorithm that relies on Artificial intelligence that improves picture quality by minimizing motion artifacts in the blood vessels. Using its spectral power features, the Spectral CT 7500 gives the user additional knowledge to make a reliable diagnosis. Because it provides spectrum knowledge on all scans, the spectral detector is ideal for hospitals looking to increase their diagnostic accuracy on a broad range of tests. The scanner can also do sophisticated heart imaging.

GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare confirmed the possession of a Swedish company Prismatic Sensors AB, which focuses on photon-counting detectors, in November 2020. The business bought the advanced technologies in its early stages of development, intending to probably incorporate photon-counting computed tomography (PCCT) into their devices.

The technique has the ability to enable the imaging of tiny features, better tissue classification, more precise material density measurement, and reduced radiation dosage. GE also extended its Thoracic VCAR application during the previous year. It improves lung and airway segmentation by automating lung segmentation and quantitative measures in chest and lung images. The latest preset parenchyma analysis is also there. It helps in identifying and measuring higher and lower attenuation regions in the lungs and disease tendencies.

At the end of 2020, the FDA approved a revised draft of the company's FastStroke application. FastStroke speeds up CT stroke assessments by digitally loading and processing CT studies and sending the modified pictures via email. 

Deep learning brain ventricle segmentation is now available in the latest version of FastStroke, preventing ventricular matter from being included in quantitative findings and improving visual examination of the images. It also has a tissue categorization map subdivided based on objective or subjective values, adjustable thresholds, and user-selectable input maps. Last year, the firm added a double CT technology to its TrueFidelity deep learning image reconstruction engine.

iCRco inc.

The iCRco inc. has introduced the Claris XT in March 2020. It is a new larger-size 31 - inch bore CBCT system with an 18-kilowatt tube and robotic table scanner that contains two-axis. 

The Claris XT, a new large-format, 31-inch bore CBCT system from iCRco inc., was unveiled in March 2020. This latest technology and its software enable you to do a high-resolution reconstruction of a volume of interest. Because the sensors were tiny, it was mainly utilized for oral and extremity applications, but now a large-format CBTC was created. You can conduct high-visual imaging sessions with it since it features a full-field sensor. The robotic table can help you to do long-length imaging and stitching as well. 

The low-dose, high-resolution device is transportable and has a low initial and ongoing investment. The technology is intended for orthopedic clinics, but tests have been conducted to see if it can be used for lung scans to identify COVID-19 and lung tumors, with outcomes to be discussed at the RSNA annual conference next month.

Planmed 

Planmed improved the range of coverage on its Verity scanner last year to enable horizontal stature. But, according to Johan Moed, Planmed's national sales manager, while the gadget uses sutures instead of imaging the whole foot in one scanner, the prior stature was just vertical. 

In addition, the firm formed a collaborative partnership with software developer Disior to market its products directly. It does weight-bearing CT segmentation and evaluation for the hand and wrist, ankle and foot, knee, neck, and head. 

Disior employs the finite element approach, contrasting competitor Curvebeam's CubeView Autometrics, created using machine learning. Tens of thousands of scans are required to educate an artificial intelligence program, which requires years of research and patient permission procedures. 

United Imaging

United Imaging's CT portfolio continues to improve in 2020 and 2021, with significant innovations that the firm claims would allow healthcare professionals to extend their operation. For example, in midsummer 2021, the FDA approved the uCT ATLAS, mainly optimizing clinical versatility. The ultra-wide 82-centimeter bore and 700-pound table weight capacity, with other characteristics, make imaging heavy patients more secure and convenient. In addition, it's designed to function in a trauma condition.

Bottom Line

Many other industries are also working on providing better CT technology, including Siemens Healthineers, Xoran Technologies, etc. In addition, emerging technology can help make CT technology more powerful, improved, result-oriented, and streamlined workflow. Once the CT scan report shows precise results, it may help the doctor diagnose the disease immediately. 

Upcoming CT technology has various features that can help reduce radiation dosage and minimize the risk of CT scans. Unfortunately, no matter how effective CT scans are for diagnoses, harmful radiation can affect adverse reactions. We hope the manufacturer reduces the negative side and brings more comprehensive and riskless technology in the future.