NEW ORLEANS – As part of its continued fight against cancer, Ochsner Health System has installed two GE Healthcare PET/CT scanners that have the ability to detect lesions at the molecular level. GE Healthcare’s Discovery* PET/CT 610, the most sensitive scanner commercially available1, was installed at Ochsner Medical Center and a mobile Discovery* STE with the ability to be transported back and forth between hospitals will be located between the Ochsner Medical Centers on the West Bank, North Shore and in Kenner and Baton Rouge.
“Our aim is to provide the best possible patient care utilizing the most recent technology, which is why we made this significant investment,” said Dr. Joseph Bisordi, Chief Medical Officer of Ochsner Health System. “The GE PET/CT scanners will offer our patients faster, better, safer images.”
A PET/CT system allows physicians to obtain both PET and CT images that would otherwise take two scanners to accomplish and likely more time. A PET image shows the physician how the body is functioning and the CT image shows the physician the body’s anatomic structure. When combined into a PET/CT image, the patient’s complete picture is revealed.
Sensitivity is one of GE Healthcare’s critical foundations of PET imaging, and Ochsner’s new Discovery PET/CT 610’s double-digit sensitivity measurement means that it is designed to collect the greatest amount of information from the patient to deliver fast and detailed scans at low dose. The Discovery PET/CT also includes ASiR*, which helps improve patient care by lowering CT dose without compromising diagnostic image quality.
The Discovery STE is mobile, giving it the ability to be transported between hospital locations in the region. This mobile solution expands access of this remarkable cancer imaging technology to more patients and communities in the Greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas than ever before.
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Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by nine hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 17 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across 8 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 14,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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1Source: ITN Online PET/CT Comparison Charts. May 2012: Represents typical system performance, measured according to NEMA Standards Publication NU2-2007. Sensitivity is defined as the number of counts per unit time detected by the device for each unit of activity present in a source, based on the average of measurements at 0 and 10 cm. Represents typical system performance of the Discovery PET/CT 610, measured according to NEMA Standards Publication NU2-2007. Sensitivity is defined as the number of counts per unit time detected by the device for each unit of activity present in a source, based on the average of measurements at 0 and 10cm.