SMS operates a certified mobile fleet of diagnostic imaging vehicles, one of which will be fully outfitted with United Imaging’s state-of-the-art uMI 550 digital PET/CT imaging equipment.
“Our collaboration with SMS is perhaps the most symbiotic collaboration we could create. In pairing our imaging systems with their mobile services, we disrupt this industry in the best way possible: by increasing access to digital technology that was only available previously in fixed locations,” said Jeffrey M. Bundy, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at UIH Solutions. “I’ve said many times that we are reinventing this industry — and that’s exactly what today’s announcement underscores. Healthcare is digital — that’s the standard now, not in the future. And it needs to be mobile so it’s accessible to more people. This first-ever mobile digital PET/CT unit dramatically changes the game.”
“We have 40 years of experience navigating the healthcare market,” noted Lisa Arington, Co-Chief Executive Officer at SMS. “We rely on that experience when looking at future trends in the healthcare market so we can continue to deliver what our customers ultimately need and want, such as mobile digital PET/CT.”
“We are continuously striving to bring the latest technology and the best service to market, each and every day,” added Greg Glesinger, Co-Chief Executive Officer at SMS. “We are committed to that, and that will never change.”
According to IMV market research1, in 2018 more than two million clinical PET and PET/CT scans were performed in the U.S. With this collaboration, United Imaging and SMS will increase access to critical diagnostic cancer detection and staging tools, as well as improved visibility of smaller lesions with digital technology, and greatly increase the standard of care not just in smaller and rural markets but in all markets.
A PET scan is an imaging test that illustrates how tissues and organs are functioning. This scan can sometimes detect disease before it appears on other imaging tests. That’s why quicker, easier access to these tests is even more critical and valuable. However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, rural areas cover 97 percent of the nation’s land area and contain nearly 20 percent of the population (about 60 million people). People in these areas live an average of 10.5 miles from the nearest hospital, compared to 4.4 miles and 5.6 miles for urban and suburban Americans2.
“In the past, digital PET/CT imaging technology was too cost-prohibitive for a mobile option to be realistic. In fact, only research institutions could justify the expense. Today’s announcement changes this dynamic and starts to level the playing field on access, making this valuable — now mobile — digital PET/CT technology available to providers and patients in urban, suburban, and rural regions alike,” said Bundy.
The United Imaging / Shared Medical Services mobile digital PET/CT unit will be on display in the SMS Booth (South Hall Level 3, Booth #1357) at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Dec. 1-6.
1. IMV PET Imaging Market Summary Report 2019 (https://imvinfo.com/product/pet-imaging-market-summaryreport-
2. Pew Research Center survey, “What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities,” May 2018