Shared-user solution delivers diagnostic power of mobile PET to hospitals

Knoxville 28 September 1999CPS Inc., which is a Siemens Medical Systems CTI Inc. joint venture company, recently signed an agreement to provide Alliance Imaging Inc. with positron emission tomography (PET) technology for its mobile, shared-user PET imaging operations. Alliance Imaging is a leading provider of hospital and clinical fixed and mobile, shared-user diagnostic imaging services. Through this agreement, CPS will provide ECAT EXACT scanners, the only PET imaging technology currently available for mobile applications.


With the addition of Siemens PET technology, Alliance Imaging, based in Anaheim, California, has the capability of providing absolutely state-of-the-art diagnostic capability to its customers, as stated by Richard Zehner, Chairman and CEO of Alliance Imaging. He is especially gratified that patients and physicians who would not normally have access to this remarkable technology will now be able to take advantage of its benefits and clinical value no matter where they live.

Mobile-based PET imaging enables a variety of clinics, hospitals, and their referring physicians to have shared economical access to this advanced diagnostic imaging technology. At Alliance, each mobile unit generally serves multiple facilities in a geographic territory and can schedule up to ten scans per day of service. Since 1988, Siemens and CPS Inc. have shipped more than 200 dedicated PET scanners to locations around the world. Siemens ECAT series is the most widely used PET camera in the industry and is the first existing mobile PET scanner to be mobile ready.

There exists a heightened awareness and interest in PET, according to Fred Stuvek Jr., Vice President of Marketing and Sales for CTI PET Systems, who claims that there is certainly no better way for expanding access to this remarkable technology than by means of a provider of outsourced imaging services. This is a very important aspect to PET market development. Just as mobile providers helped to fuel the growth of Computed Tomography (CT) and later Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), mobile PET providers will pave the way for accelerated PET growth, as Mr. Stuvek believes.

In addition, Alliance is a US nationwide acclaimed provider of shared-user and full-time imaging medical technology, and the entry of Alliance in this market bodes well for PET, since it shows that the company also shares CTI's vision as to the tremendous impact this technology can have in the delivery of cost effective health care to patients. PET is a metabolic imaging procedure that provides physicians with information about the location and extent of disease. Via the imaging of the biological, biochemical, or functional basis for disease, PET can eliminate unnecessary surgeries and inappropriate treatments saving countless lives and billions of dollars.

Alliance Imaging is a leading provider of comprehensive diagnostic imaging and therapeutic services to hospitals and other health care providers. Services are offered on either a mobile, shared-user basis or on a full-time, single-user basis. Siemens Medical Systems Inc., Nuclear Medicine Group, based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, develops and markets a wide range of nuclear medicine products. It is the United States affiliate of the Medical Engineering Group of Siemens AG in Erlangen, a leading supplier to health care providers all over the world.

CTI Inc. is working to develop PET as a worldwide standard for examining the metabolism of the brain, heart and cancer. This company is the world leader in PET products and services and is dedicated to advancing the quality of life with PET innovations. CTI's product line includes ECAT Tomographs, RDS cyclotrons, and LSO, a material for photon detection over a wide range of energies. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, CTI was founded in 1983 and employs 250 people globally. CPS is the joint venture formed in 1988 between Siemens Nuclear Medicine Group and CTI for the marketing and sale of PET imaging systems.

Leslie Versweyveld

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