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Software, Computed Tomography/Single Photon Emission Tomography

Definition : Software designed to operate equipment that combines a computed tomography (CT) scanning (frequently a multislice helical CT) and a single emission photon computed tomography (SPECT) scanning in a single system. It provides control/monitoring of a limited number of their functions. This software is usually intended to work only with one or a few models of the combined scanning systems usually supplied by the same manufacturer. The software performs a variety of algorithms to facilitate the analysis of measurements performed during the scanning procedures. The software combines SPECT imaging to detect metabolic abnormalities and CT scanning to localize lesions within the body; this combination permits acquisition of images from multislice CT and SPECT systems taken in the same session with the patient in treatment position. CT/SPECT scanning system software is usually not available separate from the combined system but may be updated (i.e., through the release of modified versions) during the life of the system. Dedicated CT/PET scanning system software is intended to facilitate faster and more accurate evaluations than separate CT and SPECT systems can provide. Dedicated software intended for diagnosis, treatment planning, and evaluation of therapy in patients suffering from illnesses such as cardiac, orthopedic, and oncology is available.

Entry Terms : "Computed/Single Photon Emission Tomography Combined Software" , "Single Photon Emission Tomography Software" , "CT/SPECT Combined Software" , "Computerized Tomography Software"

UMDC code : 26886

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