Dutch health technology company Royal Philips has a new AI-powered, high-throughput CT system, Philips CT 3500, for routine radiology and high-volume screening programmes.

Philips CT 3500 comes with a range of image-reconstruction and workflow-enhancing features that deliver consistency, speed, and first-time-right image quality.

It features the company’s advanced AI-powered CT Smart Workflow to automate every step in the scanning process.

Philips’ Precise Position uses a camera to automatically measure patient orientation and improves positioning accuracy by 50%, while reducing patient positioning time by up to 23%.

The company’s Precise Planning automatically determines the area to be scanned based on the patient’s anatomy and enables quicker exam preparation to improve inter-operator consistency.

Its Precise Intervention provides automated setup and treatment guidance for tissue biopsies and other needle-based interventions, said the health technology company.

Philips computed tomography general manager Frans Venker said: “Increased financial pressures, chronic staff shortages, and escalating patient demand are driving radiology departments to do everything they can to maximise throughput, to guarantee equipment uptime, and to avoid repeat scans.

“Today, many radiology departments scan hundreds of patients a day. We’ve engineered the Philips CT 3500 to reduce the pain points that these high-volume departments face by developing a versatile, reliable, high-throughput imaging solution.

“It automates radiographers’ most time-consuming steps so that they can spend more time focusing on the patient.”

Built on Philips’ vMRC tube, CT 3500 tracks critical performance metrics with internal and external monitoring sensors that allow service engineers to intervene before any potential impact on CT operations.

Philips said that its CT 3500 is designed to provide high-throughput radiology departments with uninterrupted imaging and screening programs including mobile screening units.

Its Precise Image AI-based reconstruction provides radiologists with the high image quality required for precise diagnosis.

The approach allows radiology departments to achieve up to 60% improved low-contrast detectability, 85% lower noise, and 80% lower radiation dose, simultaneously.

It enables all the reference protocols to be reconstructed within less than a minute to support even the busiest radiology departments, said the medical device maker.