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Scintron vs. CVIT

Posted by Josh Nunez

Feb 27, 2017 11:02:43 AM

:: 2 minute read ::

Scintron vs CVITWhen you're looking for a PET scanner, the computers and software are, in many ways, just as important as the scanner itself. Scintron and CVIT are two PET workstation suites you're likely to hear about on the market. The two products certainly have some things in common, but there are big differences as well as areas where each shines.

Keep reading to see how these two workstation suites measure up in terms of functionality, scanning speed, manufacturer compatibility,  and cost.

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What's the same?

Both Scintron and CVIT are third-party imaging software for nuclear medicine equipment. Both are also most commonly used for myocardial perfusion studies and stress testing.

What's different?

Manufacturer Compatibility

CVIT is compatible with Siemens PET, GE PET, and some GE PET/CT.Scintron is compatible with Siemens PET scanners and nuclear cameras.

Hardware and Software

CVIT is installed on a system's stock computer equipment. Scintron, on the other hand, updates both the hardware and software of a system, replacing acquisition and processing computers from the late 90's with modern equipment. This modern hardware controls acquisition and can begin processing image data during the acquisition process, giving systems equipped with Scintron a significant advantage in scan times over their counterparts.


Scintron is a more expensive, but more inclusive product. In addition to the hardware updates mentioned earlier, Scintron comes with all acquisition (2D, 3D, and list mode) and processing (cardiology, neurology, and oncology) options standard , continued updates, remote service, and support. CVIT has a base suite of quantification and perfusion software with other options available at an additional cost.


Anyone purchasing a used system equipped with CVIT will need to purchase a new software license. Scintron, however, is transferable to subsequent users at no additional cost.

Where Scintron Wins


All Scintron options come standard.


It takes only 4-6 minutes for a scan with a Scintron-equipped system.


With all due respect to GE and Siemens' long-standing technology, the PET computers represent the biggest vulnerability to breakdowns. The CVIT platform is very stable software, but doesn’t address the original (now dated) computer systems on many used models. Scintron solves this problem by replacing both software and hardware.

Siemens Systems

Scintron's singular focus on the Siemens nuclear medicine line allows for it to have an overall edge on CVIT when paired with ECAT Accel, Exact 47, and HR Plus systems.

Where CVIT Wins


If your scanning needs are met by their standard options, you can save on your up-front cost by choosing CVIT.


CVIT has been available longer and more widely. Because of this, many experienced techs are accustomed to using it. Changing to Scintron, though not particularly steep, would constitute somewhat of a learning curve.

GE Systems

This is sort of a default win, given Scintron's Siemens-only compatibility, but if you're considering GE equipment you're considering CVIT software as well.

The Takeaway

Ultimately, both Scintron and CVIT can get you the images you need to serve your patients. The choice between the two really comes down to which software options you're going to need and which manufacturer your nuclear system comes from. If you're using a GE system, you'll have to go with CVIT. If you're using a Siemens model, the increased speed and additional standard options of the Scintron can definitely take the edge off the higher price tag.

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Written by Josh Nunez

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Josh Nunez is the Product Manager for Molecular Imaging Equipment at Block Imaging. He is also a husband, father of 5, athlete, and literature and photography buff. Josh is energized by developing an understanding of each customer's unique imaging needs and overcoming the challenge of helping find them the perfect equipment match.

Topics: PET/CT, Nuclear Camera

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