Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Planmed introduces a new mobile CT scanner for extremities at ECR 2011


Planmed Verity is a new, mobile CT scanner especially suitable for accurate orthopedic imaging of the extremities. Planmed Verity provides fast and accurate, yet low-dose 3D imaging of peripheral skeletal fractures and disorders at the Point-of-Care. Compactly sized, the device can be easily sited in any existing X-ray room, side-by-side with other imaging systems.

“We are excited to expand our product portfolio into orthopedic imaging. Planmed Verity brings high-resolution, low-dose 3D imaging to the Point-of-Care in general X-ray rooms. There is no longer need to send extremity patients to conventional CT”, says Mr. Vesa Mattila, Vice President of Planmed Oy.
Planmed Verity has been in active research use at Helsinki University Central Hospital and Helsinki Medical Imaging Center (Töölö Hospital). “The system is easy to use and it has very good image quality at dose levels close to 2D radiographs,” says Docent Seppo Koskinen, MD, Ph.D.
Due to Planmed Oy’s innovation the clinicians can now achieve a volumetric 3D image for accurate and fast diagnosis with substantially lower radiation dose compared to conventional CT imaging. The scan only takes 20 seconds. During the scan, images are acquired using a short X-ray pulse enabling low radiation dose instead of continuous radiation.
Compact form and free-standing gantry provide easy access also for wheel-chair patients. Furthermore, bed-side imaging is enabled. For optimum patient comfort the Planmed Verity features an adaptable, soft-surfaced gantry with TearDropä shaped bore optimized for orthopedic imaging. The gantry and positioning trays are easily adjustable for imaging foot, ankle, knee, hand, wrist or elbow. Furthermore, special gantry movements allow a unique and completely new application, weight-bearing CT imaging.
Planmed Verity will be introduced to European radiology market at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2011 meeting (March 4 - 7, 2011) in Vienna, Austria. Planmed Verity will be available for sale in Q2/2011.

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