Chalfont St Giles, UK – 24 March 2021 – GE Healthcare today unveiled StarGuide,, a next-generation SPECT/CT system that uses the latest digital technologies to help clinicians improve patient outcomes in bone procedures, cardiology, neurology, oncology, and other medical specialties. The system’s cutting edge 12 CZT Digital Focus Detectors not only scan patients in 3D to provide more information to clinicians but they are also optimized for Theranostic procedures, which combine the delivery of therapy to patients with diagnosis to monitor disease.
“COVID-19 and the events of 2020 highlighted the need for simple and fast workflows to allow clinicians and staff more time to care for patients, but it also highlighted the importance of listening to and rapidly responding to healthcare system and patient needs,” says Jean-Luc Procaccini, President & CEO, Molecular Imaging & Computed Tomography, GE Healthcare. “Today, healthcare systems continue to be asked to maximize efficiencies, without compromising patient care. In response, we designed our StarGuide SPECT/CT system to provide clinicians with the data they need to help them make personalized care decisions and treatment recommendations that are at the heart of precision health.”
For more than 20 years, SPECT/CT has proven to be a vital imaging tool used by clinicians to help diagnose and track the progression and regression of heart conditions, cancers, and other diseases. GE Healthcare has been at the forefront of this technology and the molecular imaging industry since introducing the first commercially available SPECT/CT scanner in 1999. Since then, SPECT/CT’s clinical use and diagnostic power have rapidly increased with the introduction of CZT detector technology, functional anatomical mapping, attenuation correction, flexible image reconstruction and dose reduction technologies.
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“StarGuide represents a breakthrough in the world of SPECT,” says Matthieu Bailly, Head of Nuclear Medicine, Physician, Hospital of Orleans, France – the first global site for the StarGuide SPECT/CT system. “Thanks to the versatility of StarGuide’s shape adaptive gantry, we can narrow our field of view to focus on specific parts of the anatomy – such as the spine, heart or brain – to generate images with impressive detail not easily attained on conventional SPECT/CT systems. Using this technology, we are already redefining how we explore bone and cardiac assessments – and the ability to scan multiple isotopes at once is affording us opportunities to perform simultaneous imaging in a single session. We are just beginning to unlock the system’s potential.”