Date Added: Jul 2010
Earlier prediction and treatment are driving the fusion of modalities such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/Computerized Tomography (CT) and X-ray/CT equipment. The higher image resolutions that are needed require fine geometry micro-array detectors coupled with sophisticated software/hardware systems for the analysis of photonic and electronic signals. These systems must provide both highly accurate and extremely fast processing of large amounts of image data (up to 250 GMACS and 1 Gbps). Furthermore, to lower patient costs, each piece of equipment must be lower priced and possess a longer life utility. This calls for more flexible systems with the capability to continually update features and algorithms over the equipment's lifetime.