Shanghai-based United Imaging today announced the first U.S. clinical installation of its uMI 550 digital PET/CT system. The second United Imaging PET/CT system to be installed in the U.S. in the last 30 days, the uMI 550 is now in use at Southwest X-Ray in El Paso, Texas.
The uMI 550, which is part of United Imaging’s all-digital PET/CT portfolio, was designed to offer exceptional image clarity, a large field of view, low dose, and faster patient scanning — enabling a whole-body scan in as few as four beds within eight minutes. That level of accuracy and speed can have benefits for patients and clinicians alike, according to the company.
“The uMI 550 is fundamental to United Imaging’s entire mission,” said Jeffrey Bundy, CEO of UIH Solutions, in a news release. “The technology of this system is built on the same PET platform found in our revolutionary uExplorer. It’s a perfect example of United Imaging’s commitment to bring broader access to advanced technology to more people worldwide.”
Developed at the University of California Davis, the uExplorer is a combination of a positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) that can image the entire body using both scanning methods and can produce the image in as little as one second. Over time, uExplorer can make videos that can track specially tagged drugs as they move through the body.