Philips Medical Systems Technologies, Ltd., Israel (PMSTL), is part of PHILIPS, and is a leading developer and vendor of the full range of medical imaging systems in common use around the world. Its commercial offering includes state of the art computerized tomography x-ray imaging systems (CT), considered one of the most important developments in recent medical history. PMSTL has pioneered in the R&D and manufacturing of CT, as well as of advanced X-Ray detection systems for CT throughout its history and is now developing key photon-counting detection technologies that will permit the next revolution and advancement within CT.
PMSTL hosts the Global Advanced Technologies Detector Lab. The Detector lab has a history of innovation including the world’s first multiple slice CT detector and more recently a unique and first Generation Spectral CT (product) based on Energy sensitive x-ray detectors. The former led to vastly reduced exam times and accelerated clinical uptake of the modality and the latter to improved material identification and quantification. The PMSTL Detector Lab facility includes custom research stations to analyse the Physics and performance of new detector materials. The PMSTL Detector Center has a clean room of 500 m2 containing semiconductor industry handling and processing equipment. A network of factory facilities and lab partners supply candidate materials and complementary processes for detector development. A successful R&D technology can be moved from lab to CT prototype for in situ testing using systems taken from the existing commercial CT production lines in the factory and proven procedures. These are the resources needed to develop the next generation and ultimate Photon Counting Spectral CT.
Dr. Ira BLEVIS, Ph.D. (M), Principal Scientist, ROYAL PHILIPS, Israel, Global Advanced Technologies
- General Electric Healthcare, Molecular Imaging, Haifa, 1999-2012, CZT Technology Leader & Principal Scientist
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, 1995-1999, Research Associate, Digital Radiology (a-Se)
- Center For Research in Particle Physics. Ottawa, 1991-1994, Research Associate, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory; Collaboration was awarded the 2015 Nobel & Breakthrough prizes in Physics.
- Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, & CERN Geneva, 1986-1990, Ph.D. Particle Physics Detector
- University of British Columbia, 1982-1984, M.Sc. Particle Physics Theory
- University of Toronto, -1981, B.Sc. Physics & Mathematics
- International: IEEE Breast Imaging Panel; Standards Co-Author: NEMA NU-1 2007;
- Book Chapter: I. Blevis and R. Levinson, “ Photon-Counting Detectors and Clinical Applications in Medical CT Imaging”, in Radiation Detectors for Medical Imaging, CRC Press, Boca Raton (2015) 169-192]