United Imaging Healthcare, a company out of Shanghai, China, won FDA clearance for its uEXPLORER combined Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. The device can perform whole-body scans using both imaging modalities at the same time.
The system is expected to be used in both clinical practice, to spot cancers and to track disease progression, and in research when studying inflammation, blood flow, and other processes affecting large parts of the body.
United Imaging believes its system can deliver superior imaging performance to existing PET/CT scanners thanks to new hardware and software. “This is truly a game-changing, revolutionary day for the advancement of medical technology,” said Jeffrey M. Bundy, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer of UIH Solutions, in a statement. “The human images the uEXPLORER produces have been nothing short of astonishing, especially when one considers the very short acquisition times. This device will bring us into completely new areas of discussion with our customers, as we jointly re-think the role of PET in the North American healthcare system. We are thrilled to be able to start sharing it widely in the US.”