Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Philips boosts Saudi health care drive with latest devices, training  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 10/12/2013
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Philips has been contributing to the Kingdom's health care program by providing state-of-the-art medical devices and training to the local people to operate those equipment. Saudi Arabia was among the first countries in the world where some Philips devices were installed even before their formal launch in the US, Diederik Zeven, vice president and general manager, Middle East and Turkey, Philips Healthcare, told Arab News.
Zeven said Philips has been training engineers in Riyadh, Hafr Al-Baten and Dammam.
He said the massive allocation in the Kingdom's budget for health care would enable people to get state-of-the-art medical facilities. He, however, suggested that hospitals should be set up in areas other than major cities.
Zeven was speaking on the sidelines of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2013 conference in Chicago, United States, on Dec. 1 where his company launched new imaging products.
Reiner Schlatman, general manager, Gulf, Philips Healthcare, who was also present there, said the company's mission was to save and improve people's lives and provide them better healthcare. He said Philips was playing a major role in healthcare in the Gulf region.
Philips unveiled a PET/CT scanner with new digital detectors, a CT system optimized for spectral imaging, and an ultrasound platform designed for both cardiology and radiology applications at the RSNA event.
The new PET/CT scanner has been designed for full digitization of photon signals replacing the photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) previously used in conventional PET cameras with digital detectors. Digital PET/CT is the first prototype in the world.
According to Philips, this offers twice the sensitivity, volumetric resolution and quantitative accuracy of analogue systems that result in higher image quality and increased diagnostic confidence.
The PET and CT modules are now housed in a single gantry rather than a double gantry, and Vereos also uses other Philips technologies found on its previous PET/CT systems, such as time-of-flight (TOF) PET, iDose4 radiation dose reduction, and iPatient workflow.
Vereos has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Philips plans to begin shipping in 2014.
PET/MRI was a focus in Philips' booth, with the company discussing the capabilities of its Ingenuity TF system, which is based on PET and 3-tesla MRI scanners in tandem mode, with a table that shuttles patients between each scanner.
Philips believes the configuration enables higher performance than systems in which a PET detector ring is located inside the MRI gantry. MR/PET is the first clinical unit in the United States.
On the SPECT side, Philips is highlighting the BrightView XCT gamma camera, in particular its full iterative technology (FIT) feature for better image quality. Concurrent imaging enables multiple image acquisitions without longer exam time, and the company believes that the system's co-planar SPECT/CT technique improves accuracy in cardiac attenuation correction.
The new Philips CT scanner is called IQon Spectral CT, and it represents a new approach to spectral imaging, in which signals from two x-ray energies are analyzed to determine changes in tissue composition.
Philips designed the system with two parallel sets of 4-cm-wide detectors that are capable of distinguishing between x-ray photons of high and low energies simultaneously, and scans are reconstructed in colors that represent the different compositions of tissue and organs in the body. Philips believes its detector-based approach is superior to other techniques based on CT X-ray sources for dual-energy imaging.
After a spectral CT exam, radiologists might review the conventional grayscale image, then consult with the color spectral CT data for additional information that was acquired with the same scan. Spectral CT could be used for all routine imaging, according to Philips. Spectral CT is the First prototype in the US.
Besides these, the new Epiq ultrasound platform was the big highlight in the ultrasound section of Philips' booth. First launched in Europe in September 2013 at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, RSNA 2013 marked the radiology debut for the technology.
On the image management side, images acquired with Epiq can be viewed side by side with MRI and CT studies on the company's IntelliSpace Portal workstation.
Philips has received FDA clearance for Epiq and has begun shipping.
AlluraClarity was also the point of attraction in the interventional imaging section of Philips' RSNA booth. AlluraClarity is the company's next-generation angiography platform.
The system includes ClarityIQ, a hardware and software technology for producing high levels of image quality at ultralow radiation doses, according to Philips. ClarityIQ also includes features for motion compensation and noise reduction.
At the RSNA show, Philips also showcased its next-generation MicroDose unit with single-shot spectral imaging (SI) technology, together with its first clinical application, the work-in-progress Spectral Breast Density Measurement package.
In mobile x-ray, Philips demonstrated SkyFlow, a work-in-progress application for its Mobile Diagnost wDR unit that offers the same image contrast without a grid as with a grid. The company plans to file for 510(k) clearance for the technique soon.
Philips also showcased classic radiography systems during the RSNA event.
The 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America was held in Chicago from Dec. 1 to 6 bringing together more than 50,000 attendees. Approximately 5,000 scientific research presentations and education exhibits covered the latest research developments in radiology and related imaging technologies dealing with diagnosis, intervention and therapy.

 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 20 2014 - Dining Offers at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel DubaiMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) With the weather shifting to a cooler temperatures, Park Regis Kris Kin Dubai has lined up a series of offers and promotions to entice you with. Whether you crave Pan Asian delights, ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- Red Sea Housing net profit rises 23.13 to SR40.78m in Q2Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Red Sea Housing Services Co. (RSH) has posted outstanding performance for the first half of 2014 revealing operating income of SR41.59 million a growth of 17.69 percent compared ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- Shelter for minors reduces beggaryArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Child beggary on the streets of Jeddah has decreased by more than 50 percent thanks to the opening of a juvenile shelter in association with Al-Birr Charitable Society said Hani ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi Aramco's iThra program attracts thousands of visitorsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Aramco's iThra Knowledge Program has attracted 300000 visitors during the first two weeks of the event. The program which is being held at the city's International ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- New office to oversee Haj-related activitiesArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Haj Ministry has approved a new management office aimed at monitoring Haj-related programs and arrangements more effectively.The 'strategic initiative management office' ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- SFDA warns against contaminated chocolate drinksArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Before consuming any of the chocolate drinks produced by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH and listed below check the expiry date first. If the product is packed in plastic containers ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- JCCI bridges gap between courts and businessmenArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A delegation from Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) visited the headquarters of General Court in Jeddah.The delegation consisting of Vice Chairman of JCCI Ziyad bin ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- Holmstrom named as new US CG in JeddahArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) New US Consul-General Todd Holmstrom arrived in Jeddah on Aug. 6 to assume his post.Prior to his appointment Holmstrom served as deputy chief of mission in N'Djamena Chad from ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- KACST scientist wins US physics awardArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Dr. Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees a leading woman research scientist in experimental particle physics at the National Center for Nanotechnology King Abdulaziz City for Science and ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudia staff urged to improve servicesArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A leading Saudi Arabian Airlines official has urged Saudia executives and field workers at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) as well as other employees in maintenance ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help