Photon counting CT (PCCT) technology

NAEOTOM Alpha®
with Quantum Technology

CT redefined.

NAEOTOM Alpha

NAEOTOM Alpha with Quantum Technology, the world's first photon-counting CT, is nothing less than the total reinvention of computed tomography.

Based on the revolutionary direct signal conversion of its QuantaMax detector, NAEOTOM Alpha offers high-resolution images at minimal dose, spectral information in every scan, and improved contrast at lower noise.

Benefit from a range of clinical options and breakthrough consistency never seen before – for confident clinical decision-making and the potential to scan previously excluded patients.

Experience a defining moment in computed tomography.

 

Welcome to the era of photon-counting

With photon-counting CT, we have developed a radically new technology for clinical routine. At its core is a new kind of detector that is substantially different from a standard energy-integrating detector.

These photon-counting detectors have the potential to overcome the limitations of current CT detectors, by providing CT data at high spatial resolution, without electronic noise, and with inherent spectral information.

 

See fine pulmonary structures and small lesions

Explore how NAEOTOM Alpha and it’s ultra-high resolution imaging at standard dose levels help Prof. Martine Rémy-Jardin and Prof. David Launay to make informed clinical decisions.

Seeing through the calcifications with PURE Lumen

See how Prof. Joe Schoepf and Dr. Richard Bayer solve their current challenges with heavy calcifications or stents and achieve more confident diagnosis with NAEOTOM Alpha.

Impressive details with NAEOTOM Alpha

High resolution at low dose

With a slice thickness of 0.4 mm and an in-plane resolution of 0.24 mm in standard scan protocols, NAEOTOM Alpha provides an impressive level of detail at full dose efficiency.

  • High resolution in all standard native protocols
  • High resolution in all standard CT angiography protocols
  • High level of detail for evaluating fine structures in all anatomical areas

Clinical image courtesy of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL   

High resolution at standard dose

Ultra-high resolution at standard dose

With Quantum High Resolution scan mode, NAEOTOM Alpha delivers remarkable spatial resolution of 0.11 mm (in-plane) and a slice thickness of 0.2 mm.

  • Unmatched resolution both in-plane and cross-plane to evaluate fine lesions and anatomical structures (e.g., pulmonary nodules, cerebral vessels, osseous structures)

Clinical image courtesy of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL  

high resolution in cardiac imaging

High resolution in cardiac imaging

Using conventional CT, the limit for high-resolution images in cardiac CT is 0.6 mm slice thickness (without using comb filters). With NAEOTOM Alpha, this limit is pushed to 0.4 mm while retaining a remarkable temporal resolution of 66 ms and maintaining full dose efficiency – revealing impressive details in coronary vessels.

  • See small details in coronary CTA
  • Identify more details in coronary plaque evaluation 

Clinical image courtesy of Centre Cardio-thoracique, Monaco, MC    

Redefining CT in Cardiology

Watch what Prof. Joe Schoepf and Dr. Richard Bayer have to say about the range of patients that can be addressed with NAEOTOM Alpha.

Naeotom Alpha Low-dose performance

Low-dose performance

The QuantaMax detector is able to completely eliminate electronic noise. This leads to improved signal-to-noise ratio, which can be utilized for significant dose reduction. At the same time, the scanner still delivers high resolution and spectral information in every scan.

  • Noise-free images, even in low-dose applications
  • Further reduce dose for screening and dose-sensitive patients
  • Retrospective spectral evaluation of incidental findings in screening scans

Clinical image courtesy of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL  

NAEOTOM Alpha improves visibility of anatomies enhanced by contrast media

Improved image contrast – potential reduction of contrast media volume

Due to a contrast-to-noise ratio that is significantly higher than that of electron-integrating detectors, NAEOTOM Alpha improves visibility of anatomies enhanced by contrast media. Monoenergetic images can be used to further enhance the contrast.

  • Visualize enhancement in fine anatomical structures
  • Potentially reduce the amount of contrast media

Clinical image courtesy of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL   

Providing non-invasive answers – clearly and accurately

Discover how Prof. Joe Schoepf and Dr. Richard Bayer benefit from getting more answers with each scan of NAEOTOM Alpha.

Bringing all relevant CT results in one single scan

Explore Prof. Martine Rémy-Jardin and Prof. David Launay's opinions on how NAEOTOM Alpha is deeply impacting clinical decision making for pulmonology.

NAEOTOM Alpha offers full spectral options at highest speed

Spectral imaging at Turbo Flash speeds

As a Dual Source system, NAEOTOM Alpha scans at a maximum pitch of 3.2. Even at the highest scan speed, the system delivers results with full spectral imaging analysis options.

  • Spectral imaging for high-pitch CTA exams
  • Spectral imaging in patients who cannot hold their breath
  • Spectral imaging in pediatric patients without sedation

Clinical image courtesy of Centre Cardio-thoracique, Monaco, MC  

Diagnostic consistency in pulmonology throughout the whole patient journey

See how Prof. Martine Rémy-Jardin and Prof. Launay talk about the advantages of using NAEOTOM Alpha for exquisite delineation of lung fibrosis even in obese patients.
Monoenergetic images independent of scan parameters with NAEOTOM Alpha

Monoenergetic images as default image type

For every scan, NAEOTOM Alpha produces monoenergetic images that are independent of scan parameters. This allows radiologists to tailor exams to the needs of the patient without compromising on consistency and comparability.

  • Analyze, evaluate, and compare scans using the ideal monoenergetic images for the clinical question at hand

Clinical image courtesy of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL   

Stable measurements with NAEOTOM Alpha

Stable Hounsfield values

Moving toward quantitative CT evaluation and radiomics, radiologists and referrers need to rely on the stability of their measurements. In contrast to conventional CT, photon-counting CT provides this stability.

  • Rely on quantitative and reproducible HU measurements, even in low-dose scans

Clinical image courtesy of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL

myExam Companion –  our new philosophy to operate modalities

myExam Companion

Using the new possibilities of digitalization, myExam Companion guides operators through diagnostic procedures, so that they can interact easily and naturally with both patient and technology.

GO technologies – for unparalleled flexibility and mobility in CT routines

GO technologies

Accessible via tablet or workstation, GO technologies are a set of technologies that standardize and simplify all departmental processes – from patient setup to image distribution, archiving, and reading.

AI-Rad Companion – our family of AI-powered, augmented workflow solutions

AI-Rad Companion

AI-powered algorithms provide automatic post-processing of imaging datasets. Identifying and quantifying relevant anatomies and abnormalities, they put findings into a diagnostic context – and allow for a fast and accurate diagnosis.

Pulmonology

NAEOTOM Alpha offers an easy and streamlined way to get quantitative information in addition to morphology. By matching the appropriate protocols to patients and by combining all necessary acquisitions into a single scan, NAEOTOM Alpha enables smart navigation through the diagnostic pathway.

NAEOTOM Alpha enables previously impracticable exams

Spectral high-res lung CTA

0.4 mm slice thickness
Cinematic VRT
100 keV monoenergetic recon

Impressive details with NAEOTOM Alpha

Spectral high-res lung CTA

0.4 mm slice thickness
100 keV monoenergetic recon
CTDIvol: 3.57 mGy

Technical Details

    X-ray tubes

    2 x Vectron X-ray tubes

    Detector

    2 x QuantaMax photon-counting CT detectors

    Number of acquired slices

    2 x 144 slices

    mA

    Up to 1300 mA

    Temporal resolution

    Down to 66 ms

    kV

    70, 90, 120, 140 kV
    Sn100, Sn140 kV

    z-coverage

    144 x 0.4 mm
    120 x 0.2 mm (UHR)

    Spatial resolution

    0.11 mm (in-plane) in UHR mode

    Power

    2 x 120 kW

    Table load

    Up to 307 kg

    Speed

    Up to 737 mm/s (with Turbo Flash)



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