GE Healthcare introduces industry-first modular, scalable CT platform

GE Healthcare has unveiled its Revolution Apex platform – an industry first computed tomography (CT) platform with built-in scalability for onsite CT detector upgrades from 40 mm to 80 mm or 160 mm detector coverage – all without replacing the gantry.

Offering uncompromised clinical capabilities, the new Revolution Apex platform will help radiology departments stay ahead of the technology curve with a modular design that offers a seamless path to continuous hardware and software scalability and upgradability that will extend the lives of CT systems into the future.

Twenty years ago, new CT technologies were introduced every four-to-five years; however, nowadays new solutions introduced annually. This is largely due to the current pace of innovation, which has greatly accelerated due to the speed and growth of modern engineering, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing. Because of these advancements, CT technology is becoming obsolete more quickly than before, resulting in many facilities expressing challenges during their attempts to keep systems up to date.

With this challenge in mind, GE Healthcare developed a new, modular CT system design that enables hardware scalability so radiology departments and healthcare facilities can add service lines to accommodate evolving patient needs. Revolution Apex platform’s Gemstone Clarity Detector is the foundation of this approach – enabling users to update their service line from a 40 mm detector and 0.28 second rotation speed up to a 160 mm detector and 0.23 second per rotation speed – the world’s fastest gantry speed. This enables healthcare facilities to keep up with the latest technology while minimizing technology obsolescence and optimizing clinical capabilities now and in the future. This also helps streamline fleet management, allowing facilities to minimize overall operating costs and address budget constraints.

The Revolution Apex platform was also developed with operational efficiency in mind. Studying radiology departments’ entire workflows and identifying oppor-tunities to simplify and streamline processes, GE Healthcare developed Effortless Workflow, which utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to automate much of the workflow, from pre-scan to post-scan – helping to reduce clicks, save time, and achieve exceptional efficiency and consistency in imaging. 

The Revolution Apex platform is also designed to produce high quality CT images at the lowest possible radiation dose through TrueFidelity deep learning image reconstruction. TrueFidelity is GE Healthcare’s exceptional image reconstruction technology that uses a dedicated Deep Neural Network to generate highdefinition, low-noise CT images. Fully integrated with both single-energy and dual-energy imaging, TrueFidelity 

produces images with exceptional sharpness, low-contrast performance and preferred noise texture, even with low dose.

Furthermore, the Revolution Apex platform is equipped with GE Healthcare’s patented Quantix X-ray tube – a powerful tube designed to provide the output necessary to comfortably image all anatomies regardless of patient size without compromising image quality. A key application of this technology is next-generation Gemstone Spectral Imaging, which reduces image noise in low energy monochromatic images to detect and assess small lesions.

After installation Revolution Apex platform, facilities can stay ahead of evolving technological advancements with regular software upgrades that include new capabilities and workflow enhancements, as well as image quality, dose management, cybersecurity and service tools – all without learning a new user interface. The Revolution Apex platform also provides the industry’s first subscription-based service for CT applications, Smart Subscription, which enables easy access to the latest technology so radiologists can continue to deliver high-quality patient care.