Photon-counting CT system lifts the veil on fine details

Siemens Healthineers reports the successful introduction of the Naeotom Alpha, said to be the world’s first photon-counting CT. Cleared for clinical use in Europe and the USA, the system offers improved resolution and a reduction in radiation dose.

GB&I business manager for CT Russell Lodge explained: “More than 15 years ago, work on photon-counting CT and this clinical vision started at Siemens Healthineers. We always believed in the tremendous clinical value and relentlessly worked on it together with our partners. Today, with the introduction of Naeotom Alpha, we are taking a huge step in furthering patient care in a wide range of clinical domains by effectively showing things impossible to see with conventional CT scans. This required a radical rethinking of practically every technological aspect of CT.”

Head of diagnostic and interventional radiology Professor Thomas Kröncke at University Hospital Augsburg, Germany, has been working with a Naeotom Alpha
since April and is very impressed by the initial results: “In oncology, we can break down more precisely which tumour types we are dealing with and thus treat them in a more targeted and effective way. It is like a veil that is now lifting. The new technology is a radical improvement on previous imaging. This will redefine our clinical decision making right from scan one.”

Picture: More than 20 Naeotom Alpha CT systems have already been installed.

See the full report on page 4 of the December 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.

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