Biograph mCT Flow* with FlowMotion™ technology combines our standard-setting PET/CT with a unique system design that enables continuous motion of the patient table—allowing increased image quality, greater patient comfort, better performance and expanded versatility.**Explore
The value of PET/CT is in the details—more precise information leads to greater potential for an earlier diagnosis and a more definitive treatment strategy, helping to improve patient outcomes. Our entire product portfolio is built on technology that all together adds up to more. Our wide range of features expand your clinical capabilities and deliver excellent lesion detectability, spatial resolution and quantification accuracy—letting you bring a higher standard of care to more patients.
Everything starts with the smallest element—the crystals. We are the only company to grow and individually select LSO crystals in house. Compared to BGO crystals, ours scintillate faster and have a higher light output, enabling better image quality and Time-of-Flight.4 With LSO crystals you are able to use all available PET tracers for a broader range of indications.
After our crystals are grown and individually selected, they are arranged with no gaps between detector blocks to provide very high spatial resolution and lesion visualization. The smaller the crystal element, the more detailed the image. Biograph mCT Flow’s patented OptisoHD detectors feature our unique LSO crystals cut into only four millimeter elements.
A smaller crystal size improves the visualization of small structures. In this head and neck cancer case, for example, two additional small lesions are identified.
Once the block detectors are assembled, they can be arranged in standard or extended configurations. Our extended configuration, TrueV, widens the axial FOV for an increased count rate. 33% more4 detector elements results in more than a 70% increase in count rate performanc5, enabling either half the dose or two times the speed.
LSO's short decay time enables you to measure the time difference between the detection of the two photons from the annihilation. That timing information, known as Time-of-Flight, can offer up to 200% improvement in signal-tonoise ratio, for even better image quality, lower dose or faster scan speed. It is quickly becoming an industry standard as 99% of all Biograph mCT Flow systems sold in 2016 included TOF.4
The high-quality raw data provided by the combination of the high-resolution LSO detectors and Time-of-Flight is now reconstructed to generate the final images for interpretation. HD•PET incorporates measured point spread functions (PSF) into the iterative reconstruction algorithm. Through modeling of the PSF, HD•PET more precisely accounts for the positioning of the line of response (LOR), yielding visually sharper clinical images.
Regardless of how advanced a reconstruction method is, respiratory motion during imaging can displace organs and lesions by between five and 30 millimeters.7 HD•Chest is an automated solution that virtually eliminates motion from respiration. It automatically finds the region with the least movement and delivers high-definition motion-frozen images, so you can achieve greater lesion detectability.
As a complement to our key technologies, FlowMotion can help improve patient outcomes and optimize your workflow. Most conventional stop-and-go examinations are restricted by the inefficiencies of bed-based scanning, which limits the routine use of advanced imaging technologies. FlowMotion's continuous bed motion helps you standardize protocols while personalizing the scans in a single, fast exam. Ensure reproducibility from one exam to another, reduce CT dose, increase image quality and provide greater patient comfort. Simply load the standardized, indication-based protocol, personalize to patient anatomy and start the scan.
High PET and CT image quality on a challenging case of a 216 kg (478 lbs), 1,55 m (5´1”) patient – BMI of 91
Increase revenue with a 78 cm bore for imaging a wider variety of patients and procedures, and improve your workflow with a system that enables the acquisition of head to toes scans without having to flip the patient.How we make it possible:
Head to toes scan of a 2 meter (6’7”) patient without having to reposition.
Increase revenue with a 78 cm bore for imaging a wider variety of patients and procedures, and improve your workflow with a system that enables the acquisition of head to toes scans without haiving to flip the patient.How we make it possible:
For patients, the large bore and short tunnel help reduce discomfort. The system’s water cooling component, which eliminates the need for noisy fans and overly cold air conditioning, creates a calmer environment. And the continuous bed motion conveys a sense of progress, making patient movement less likely. For technologists, physiological devices in the bed reduce clutter and well-located controls make patient positioning easy.
Exclusive bed design with zero differential deflection for accurate attenuation correction and thereby a more accurate quantification.
FlowMotion lets you develop and save protocols based on clinical indication so that they're easily incorporated into the clinical routine for your patients—helping to reduce the variability of image quality from different users and enabling reliable visualization of disease from one exam to another.
Organ-specific resolution helps to improve lesion detectability in a patient after thyroid resection.
With up to four distinct scan zones, FlowMotion allows precise examination planning. For example, imaging of head and neck lesions requires very high resolution, whereas imaging of lung or liver lesions is subject to motion from breathing, which can reduce detectability. Because FlowMotion lets you integrate motion management with respiratory gating, you can improve your small-lesion detectability even in areas affected by motion, potentially changing patient staging.
Since the four FlowMotion scan zones can be adjusted to the anatomy and indication of each patient, the PET/CT examination can be individually tailored, providing higher image quality in one single, fast exam.17
Exams can be tailored for more people in a shorter amount of time with standardized, disease-specific protocols. Biograph mCT Flow allows you to integrate respiratory gating and high resolution in a single scan so you can perform more scans in less time.
Following the upgrade from Biograph mCT to Biograph mCT Flow with FlowMotion, the University of Tennessee experienced an increase in patient volume, improved throughput and a larger referral base.
Fast volume coverage to examine e.g. multi-trauma patients with SOMATOM Definition
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Gout evaluation with TwinBeam Dual Energy*
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Myocardial bridge in the LAD
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PET/CT usage in radiation therapy planning is gaining momentum—particularly as modern radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments deliver higher doses to more targeted areas. Biograph RT Pro edition is designed to take full advantage of the premium PET and CT technologies of the Biograph mCT family of large bore scanners, giving you an accurate image for planning personalized treatment strategies with confidence.
Pediatric Lymphoma- F18 FDG PET•CT for Primary Staging
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In this pediatric case for lymphoma staging with 2mCi injected dose, even the small hyper metabolic nodal masses in the mediastinum and bilateral axilla can be visualized with high contrast.
Due to the short half life of isotopes used in cardiac imaging, a high injected dose is typically used and demands a higher count rate camera. Slow detectors, such as BGO, can’t handle such high count rates and provide less accurate results. With Biograph mCT Flow, you can achieve precise quantitative values by performing PET-based perfusion or myocardial blood flow examinations.
LSO is a scintillator crystal with properties that match the needs for PET imaging. Compared to BGO crystals, LSO is faster, provides better image quality and enables Time-of-Flight.
Respiratory gating can help visualize small lesions that might be missed due to respiratory motion. In addition, HD-Chest is a solution that optimizes the acquisition of gated images and allows motion management to be incorporated in the clinical routine. Finally, FlowMotion enables gating to be incorporated in the whole-body examination, making it easy to be incorporated in virtually every protocol.
The large 78 cm bore and high table capacity of up to 227 kg (500 lbs) makes the Biograph mCT Flow the ideal system for bariatric imaging. In addition, Time-of-Flight option helps maintain the image quality consistent even for those challenging patients.
The long co-scan range of 2-meter enable simple positioning for tall patients and melanoma cases. With Biograph mCT Flow you don’t have to reposition the patient for those indications, and your scheduling is not impacted. And even large, 227 kg patients can be scanned with the 2-meter scan range.
The unique SMART PHS provides zero differential deflection between the PET and CT FOV. It enables precise registration of PET and CT images for attenuation correction, delivering accurate quantitative values.
With Quanti-QC, the standard with Biograph mCT Flow, 11 tests are performed daily for system calibration and normalization. That corrects the detector drift and results in consistent quantitative performance every day. You can be comfortable that your SUV values are reproducible over time.
With Biograph mCT Flow, almost every technology can be installed as a field upgrade. As your clinical needs expand, you can upgrade your system to address indications like cardiology or radiation therapy planning. You can also increase the capabilities of the CT, with an upgrade on the CT slices.
With a large 78 cm bore and premium CT, Biograph mCT Flow is the ideal system for a shared service environment. It can be configured with the same technologies as a dedicated SOMATOM Definition, providing the capabilities needed for a dual-use environment with radiology. And the RT Pro edition has everything you need to start providing services to radiation oncology department.
Biograph mCT Flow comes standard with several technologies to help reduce patient’s exposure to radiation. CARE Dose 4D modulates the tube current according to the anatomical region, delivering the right dose for each scan. It also allows examinations with 70 kV, helping reduce the dose even further. In addition, optional solutions such as SAFIRE and ADMIRE can help save up to 60%* CT dose.
The combination of TrueV and ultraHD-PET enables the acquisition of images with injected doses as low as 5 mCi and scan times as fast as 5 minutes, with excellent image quality.
Small pixels enable high resolution imaging. Biograph mCT Flow can be configured with 24.336 or 32.448 crystals elements with 4mm each.
The combination of Siemens' HD•PET reconstruction with Time-of-Flight delivers up to two times signal-to-noise, for sharper images with higher contrast. It also gives the flexibility to reduce the scan time and injected dose.
TrueV extends the PET axial field-of-view with an additional detector ring. With TrueV the axial FOV is 22.1 cm, and the system performance is increased by more than 70%. That enables scans that are up to 2 times faster, and up to half the injected dose.
With FlowMotion, physicians benefit from the finest detail in every organ and every scan. Furthering the ability to understand disease, now you can also confidently rely on molecular imaging with accurate and reproducible quantification in all dimensions. Simple and precise range planning eliminates over-scanning and the associated radiation exposure, while simultaneously streamlining workflow. Finally, FlowMotion’s sense of continuous progress provides a more comfortable exam experience for patients.