A Windy City Shopping List

f04a.jpg (8412 bytes)The annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is imaging’s holiday shopping spree. Chicago’s the place to shop, and there’s quite a few neat packages you’ll see if you make it to Chicago this year.

CT is getting faster systems, with 16- and 32-slice imaging technologies showing up at McCormick Place.

Marconi received FDA 510(k) clearance to market and begin taking orders for its new Infinite Detector Technology in the Mx8000 multislice CT scanner, the first 16-slice CT scanner cleared for market, but that was before it was bought by Royal Philips Electronics. Now there will be a Marconi booth next to Philips’ exhibit with Marconi products flying the Philips banner.

Toshiba America Medical Systems will promote the upgradeability of its Aquilion CT line. The scanner will be available commercially by next year. A 16-slice scanner upgrade will be shown as a work-in-progress. Toshiba will also have a sneak peak at its new 256-row detector, designed to enhance contrast and flow dynamics, and it will demonstrate ultrafast multiplanar reconstruction (MPR), 3D images and 3D fluoroscopy.

GE Medical Systems will highlight the upper tier of its multislice CT portfolio, the LightSpeed Ultra, which has been available for a little over a year. GE’s CT displays will show colonography software to help evaluate polyps and colon cancer, applications that promote eight-slice CT capabilities, as well as software and reconstruction algorithms to foster new applications in cardiology.

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