Based on its recent analysis of the medical imaging market, Frost & Sullivan presents Philips Healthcare with the 2009 North American Product Innovation of the Year Award for its Brilliance iCT 256 slice and iCT SP 128 slice computed tomography (CT) systems. The Brilliance iCT imaging systems are not only leading edge technology; they are also part of a complete portfolio of solutions and services from Philips that facilitate the success of every CT imaging operation.
To develop the Brilliance iCT CT system Philips has brought technology innovation to every component of the CT imaging chain. The iCT optimizes imaging speed, X-Ray tube power, detector coverage, and dose utility mechanisms to deliver unsurpassed diagnostic accuracy at lower radiation doses. The Philips Essence technology, comprised of new X-ray tubes, 8-centimeter nano-panel detectors and RapidView reconstruction, combined with other innovative technologies such as the air-bearing gantry allowing faster rotation, contribute to the Brilliance iCT’s reputation as one of the most advanced CT imaging systems on the market. As a result of these technology advances, the system provides leading image quality and temporal resolution, and can reduce scan times by half, requiring significantly less contrast than previous models while also offering dual energy and leading dose management capabilities.
“In designing the Brilliance iCT scanner, Philips has successfully overcome technical trade-offs to develop a system that is both highly capable and cost-effective,” explains Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Nadim Daher. “The iCT was designed from the ground up to deliver the dependability and performance required in CT operations including the most mission-critical clinical environments.”
The iCT also leads the way with system reliability and ease of use, two key characteristics of the Philips brand. With the iCT, Philips has effectively overcome the physical challenges of cardiac imaging such as the movement of the heart and the variability of heart rate, size and body habitus, allowing the breakthrough capability of imaging the heart within two heartbeats and with up to 80 percent dose reduction. In addition to outstanding cardiovascular imaging capabilities, the iCT constitutes an asset for the entire imaging enterprise, spanning the full spectrum of standard and advanced CT imaging services of cardiology, radiology, oncology, brain imaging, virtual colonoscopy, interventional imaging, and bariatric imaging.
“The innovation Philips brings to the CT market extends well beyond the imaging equipment itself. It extends to solutions aimed at helping customers overcome the constantly changing clinical and business challenges they face in all areas of their CT operation,” adds Daher. “Philips understands that optimizing the CT imaging practice requires not only fast and efficient technology, but also technology enrichment at every step of the workflow.”
Putting workflow solutions at the service of CT, the Brilliance Everywhere solution utilizes efficient thin client technologies to provide anywhere, anytime access to even the most advanced CT applications. Philips informatics solutions for CT expand the ability to collaborate with referring physicians, while enabling more efficient data distribution and storage management strategies and faster turnaround times. Philips also leverages its leadership role in imaging informatics and PACS to provide unique remote capabilities such as system monitoring and preemptive problem resolution, and support advanced remote service delivery models, with the end effect of optimizing system availability and clinical outcomes.
Philips is constantly helping its customers cope with tightening economic conditions, including the challenges related to reimbursement. Illustrative of this commitment is the fact that Philips is the uncontested industry leader for the upgradeability of its systems, and that beyond the leading edge technology it embodies, the Brilliance iCT platform is also the most scalable in the CT industry. With the Brilliance iCT SP, Philips provides an entry point into the full feature iCT platform at a lower cost, offering imaging providers a seamless and cost effective upgrade path to follow as they expand imaging service lines and as technology advances. In order to help customers extract as much utility as possible from every asset in their operation, each iCT system includes Philips innovative Utilization Reports. These reports measure critical performance metrics automatically and in real time, allowing customers to quickly identify and easily act upon every opportunity to improve the CT operation. Philips solutions support continuous improvements in efficiency and workflow. A services-based approach, Philips’ systems involve every stakeholder along the care cycle, which effectively complements the company’s leading edge in horizontal workflow integration.
With the Brilliance iCT platform, Philips has built a powerful value proposition for the CT practice that strengthens the foundation of today’s imaging business and supports the success of today’s imaging enterprise. Frost & Sullivan recognizes the unique work of Philips Healthcare in helping customers take the next leap in CT, and is proud to bestow upon the company the 2009 Product Innovation of the Year Award in medical imaging.
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About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (philips.com) is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 121,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of $38 billion in 2008, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare.
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