October 2, 2019

Siemens Digital PET CT: How Does Digital Compare to Analog?

Learn About the Differences Between Siemens Digital PET CT and Analog Models to Make an Informed Decision

Digital and analog PET/CT have many similarities, and some important differences. At Marquis Medical, we specialize in everything PET/CT, and we are committed to staying at the forefront of developments in the industry. Through our service programs, we maintain and repair scanner systems for clinics using a wide variety of models, including Siemens digital PET CT systems, as well as analog systems. If you are interested in learning more about digital PET CT technology from Siemens, keep reading. Explore our site to learn more about us, and browse our inventory of reconditioned scanners. A reconditioned scanner from Marquis works exactly like a new scanner, at a fraction of the cost. You may just find your clinic’s next medical imaging system!

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Uses for Siemens Digital PET Scan Technology

PET/CT has become essential technology relied upon by healthcare providers and patients worldwide. Whether digital or analog, all PET/CT systems capture detailed images of the human body’s inner workings. The patient is injected with a small amount of nuclear material, which breaks down as the body metabolizes it. In areas of unusual metabolic activity, such as cancerous tumors, the nuclear material will concentrate. Images produced by PET/CT show this concentration, giving doctors critical information about the presence and spread of disease in the body earlier and with more accuracy than other medical imaging technology is capable of.

How Does Digital PET Technology Work?

One of the advantages of digital PET technology, such as you will find in Siemens digital PET scan models, is that scan time is significantly shorter. This makes for improved patient experience, as well as better quality images, because patients are less likely to move during the shorter scan. Digital PET also produces high quality images, and is especially well suited to detecting small lesions.

PET technology dates back to the 1970s, and many PET scanners today rely on the analog technology developed at that time: photomultiplier tubes, which record scintillation flashes. But digital PET is different. Here is how IT Online describes the workings of a digital PET CT system:

“Data for its PET images are obtained from solid-state silicon tiles, which are arranged in a many-sided polygon that encircles the patient. Light sensors and data processing arrays are hardwired into these tiles. Putting them together makes photon counting fast, accurate and free from the electronic noise produced in analog systems.”

Source: Greg Freiherr, IT Online

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Sources for This Article:

Why and How Digital PET is Better Than Analog – IT Online

How Digital PET/CT Can Improve Patient Care – IT Online