Medical imaging equipment is taking on an increasingly critical role in healthcare as the industry strives to lower patient costs and achieve earlier disease prediction using non-invasive means. To provide the functionality needed to meet these industry goals, equipment developers are turning to programmable logic devices.

Earlier prediction and treatment are driving the fusion of medical imaging modalities such as positron emission tomography (PET)/computerized tomography (CT) and X-ray/CT equipment. This calls for more flexible systems with the capability to continually update features and algorithms over the equipment’s lifetime. Together, flexible algorithm deployment and modality fusion compel the use of programmable system electronic components, such as high-powered CPUs and FPGAs.