GE Healthcare announced that it demonstrates the cardiovascular CTA by improving image quality and workflow while reducing radiation dose in Orlando at the 58th Annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting. It’s made possible through the industry’s first-ever high definition CT technology, introduced on GE’s flagship Discovery CT750 HD. The improved spatial resolution reduces calcium blooming artifacts to aid the physician in the accurate diagnosis of stenosis quantification and to manage patients appropriately for medical management and treatment. Leveraging Gemstone technology with Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction (ASIR), the Discovery CT750 HD provides unprecedented image clarity while reducing dose to the patient by up to 50 percent throughout the heart and body. The combination of SnapShot Pulse and ASIR could enable sub-mSv cardiac CTA imaging. Many of GE’s HD technologies are now incorporated in the new LightSpeed VCT XTe configuration, introduced to the field of cardiology for the first time at ACC. A new low-dose evolution of the proven LightSpeed VCT will change the way cardiologists use CT. The LightSpeed VCT XTe advances clinical capability for the cardiac community with: •A new method of choice for cardiac imaging, SnapShot Pulse, reduces radiation dose by up to 83 percent. •Exclusive ASIR Iterative Reconstruction technology that allows for up to 40 percent dose reduction for both retrospectively gated helical and prospectively gated axial exams. •Real time scan control improves scan reliability in the case of unexpected arrhythmias. Existing VCT customers can now take advantage of these new HD technologies by upgrading their systems with new applications and lowering dose to prepare their cardiac departments for tomorrow’s challenges. If the proper tools are not available to enhance your workflow, reading images for the physician can be a challenge. Cardiologists want to be able to access their images and information any time of the day, anywhere. The new AW server can turn their computer into a powerful tool providing secure access to cardiac or vascular exams, even when beyond the hospital or office. An array of full cardiac applications further enhance the scanner’s capabilities by automatically preparing coronary imaging and functional anatomy for real-time review, allowing a clinician to sit down and review instantly, anywhere. “We have a strong story to share at this year’s ACC,” said Gene Saragnese, Vice President & General Manager of GE’s global CT business. “It’s based on having earned the respect of cardiologists by developing CT systems with dose optimization features while improving image quality. This is an important endeavor that will continue to receive our highest level of commitment. Once clinicians see a structure more confidently they can segment or isolate it, quantitatively measure it, characterize its structure and appropriately make a diagnosis. Quite simply, we’ve incorporated strong feedback from our clinical partners to unleash the customer-driven future of CT. That’s CT Re-imagined.”