Long Beach PET Imaging Center, has installed the Siemens Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT scanner. The system is a HD (high-definition) PET/CT scanner that provides new dimension in imaging to patients, payors and physicians served by Long Beach PET.

With HD and True-V technologies the Siemens Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT performs PET/CT scans in about 10 minutes, less than half of the time of traditional PET/CT studies that can take anywhere from 25-40 minutes. Additionally the HD feature of the Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT scanner also allows physicians to spot the smallest lesions detectable on any scanner (those not normally found in present technologies) with the help of its enhanced clarity, improved resolution and better uniformity. The Siemens Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT is the a high-definition scanner available in the marketplace at present.

“We are extremely excited to bring this new technology to Long Beach and the surrounding areas. The types of the scans that can be performed by the Siemens Biograph 40 will dramatically enhance the quality of imaging services the community will now be able to access. In fact, scans on patients are already being performed, and we are seeing very positive results and extremely rapid turnaround times,” explained Jeffrey Allen Dobkin, M.D., medical director, at Long Beach PET.

“Most importantly, this scanner, because of its high-definition capability, allows us to detect the smallest of lesions. This early detection of cancer can certainly make a significant difference in one’s life. For years, Long Beach PET has been providing quality scans in the areas of cardiology, oncology and neurology. This scanner will only enhance our capabilities within the radiology and imaging services arena,” Dobkin said.

The Siemens Biograph 40 TruePoint PET/CT combines computed tomography and positron emission technology . The PET provides functional information at the molecular level and the CT offers anatomical data. Siemens Biograph TruePoint PET/CT other features include a comfortable, award-winning table design; non-claustrophobic open gantry system; proven crystal technology; the best PET and CT resolution available; the highest resolution at any pitch; and the highest standard rotational speed.