The University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) in the Netherlands has installed Royal Philips’ IQon Spectral CT, the industry’s first spectral detector-based Computed Tomography (CT) in order to expand diagnostic capabilities in daily practise.

The new system provides multiple layers of retrospective, diagnostic data in a single, low-dose scan with seamless integration into existing hospital system protocols.

IQon Spectral CT is also designed to provide sufficient information with only one scan to help clinicians make fast, confident diagnoses, driving improved clinical and economic outcomes.

The company noted that this is the first IQon installation in the world following recent CE mark approval for diagnostic use and builds on UMC Utrecht’s commitment to improve patient care.

Besides providing high-image quality, the IQon Spectral CT allows clinicians to uncover critical information to help inform fast diagnosis and treatment even in the most challenging cases.

UMC Utrecht Imaging Division professor Tim Leiner said: "Unlike traditional CT images, which can be limited in structural detail and require additional scans, Philips’ IQon Spectral CT allows our clinicians to identify the composition of materials in the body in one scan.

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"In a patient-focused care environment, comprehensive solutions that enable ‘first-time right’ testing and diagnostics without compromises can be revolutionary in addressing many of our greatest challenges, including workflow and patient satisfaction."

Currently, Philips IQon Spectral CT is available for sale in 36 countries.

Philips Benelux general manager Henk Valk said: "In healthcare environments where providers are challenged with increasing throughput and quality, while reducing waste, advancements in CT technology that allow for quick, confident diagnosis make a significant difference – for providers and patients.

"Providing more data and high-quality images in a single scan delivers on Philips and UMC Utrecht’s shared goal to improve patient care, while also addressing some of the biggest issues facing providers and affecting patients."