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    Philips unveils breakthrough imaging innovations at RSNA 2013Developed in collaboration with leading clinicians, Philips' Vereos digital PET/CT system and IQon Spectral CT system1 are designed to create a short path to the best care and help improve patient care

    CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 99(th) Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Royal Philips today illustrated its technology leadership in medical imaging with the introduction of two fundamentally new developments: its Vereos PET/CT fully digital positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging system, and its IQon Spectral CT(1) spectral detector-based computed tomography (CT) imaging system.

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    These new innovations further expand Philips' integrated radiology product portfolio to deliver advanced image quality, critical information and connectivity for seamless real-time collaboration among clinicians and fast, confident decision making. Philips partners with clinicians to drive the clinical performance and economic value of its solutions to find the shortest path to the best care with the most efficient use of resources.

    "We work closely with radiologists to understand their biggest challenges, and incorporate these understandings in the development of innovative products like Vereos PET/CT and IQon Spectral CT to meet their complex imaging needs," said Gene Saragnese, CEO, Imaging Systems at Philips Healthcare. "These innovations demonstrate how Philips is providing radiologists with exceptional quality and accuracy in imaging at low dose rates, helping clinicians to get answers, the first time around, so that they can deliver accurate and more confident diagnoses to patients."

    "The timing and precision of disease diagnosis are critical to the successful treatment of many diseases," commented Pablo Ros, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. "With that in mind, we are excited to have contributed to the development of Philips' Vereos digital PET/CT and IQon Spectral CT systems and we will continue to collaborate with Philips to realize the potential of these next generation imaging systems."

    Vereos PET/CT
    PET scans are three-dimensional images that provide insight into what is happening inside the body at the molecular and cellular level. A small amount of radiotracer is injected into the patient prior to the exam, which accumulates in the body's tissue and organs, and decays. The PET detector captures pairs of photons that are emitted from the body during this decay process and forms the image. Based on Philips' proprietary 'Digital Photon Counting' technology, the Vereos PET/CT is the first PET/CT system in the industry to use innovative digital silicon photomultiplier detectors instead of traditional analog detectors, resulting in a step change in performance that includes an approximately two-times increase in sensitivity gain, volumetric resolution and quantitative accuracy compared to analog systems.(2) These radical improvements can ultimately be translated into high image quality, increased diagnostic confidence, improved treatment planning and faster workflows.

    "Personalized medicine will require a patient-specific picture of the functional processes associated with disease," added Pablo Ros, M.D. "Accurate quantification of processes is therefore an important requirement for functional imaging in diagnosis, therapy and research. The quantitative accuracy and remarkably clear images that the new digital PET/CT system delivers are a key step forward."

    In a recent survey, nine out of ten referring physicians preferred Vereos digital PET/CT images over images taken with an analog system.(3) Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its digital PET/CT system in the U.S.

    IQon Spectral CT(1
    )Philips' second RSNA introduction - its IQon Spectral CT system - is the world's first spectral-detector CT system built from the ground up for spectral imaging. It uses color to identify the composition of an image without involving time-consuming protocols. In the same way that white light is made up of a spectrum of colors, the X-ray beam used in CT scanners also consists of a spectrum of X-ray energies. With the development of a fundamentally new spectral detector that can discriminate between X-ray photons of multiple high and low energies simultaneously, Philips' IQon Spectral CT adds a new dimension to CT imaging, delivering not only anatomical information but also the ability to characterize structures based on their material makeup within a single scan.

    After a spectral CT examination, clinicians can interpret the conventional grey-scale anatomical images, and if necessary, access the spectral information that was acquired during the same scan. The IQon Spectral CT system's retrospective on-demand data analysis is made possible via Philips' iPatient platform, allowing clinicians to easily experience the benefits of spectral CT routinely within traditional radiology workflows.

    Due to its accessibility, speed and accuracy, CT imaging is widely used in the diagnosis of many different diseases and injuries, totaling approximately 450 million imaging procedures globally per year. Philips has consistently driven innovation in CT, most recently with the introduction of its proprietary Iterative Model Reconstruction (IMR) technology to simultaneously reduce CT radiation dose(4) and enhance image quality for a broad range of applications.

    Philips at RSNA 2013
    Visit Philips at RSNA 2013 at booth #6733 in the North Building, Hall B, of the McCormick Place Convention Center from December 1-6. For additional materials and images of Philips' IQon Spectral CT(1) and Vereos PET/CT, and for more information on Philips' portfolio of radiology solutions featured at RSNA 2013, please click on this link.

    [1] The IQon Spectral CT is pending 510(k) and is not available for sale in the U.S. A system with the NanoPanel Prism detector is available for sale in the U.S. for conventional scanning.
    [2] Analog system: Philips GEMINI TF 16.
    [3] Based on a recent survey, commissioned by Philips, among referring oncologists when shown Philips GEMINI TF 16 images (analog system) and Philips Vereos PET/CT images (digital system).
    [4] In clinical practice, the use of IMR may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task.

    For further information, please contact:

    Steve Klink
    Philips Group Communications
    Tel.: +31 6 10888824

    Rachel Bloom-Baglin
    Philips Healthcare
    Tel.: +1 978 760 9007

    Leslie Lakis
    Philips Healthcare
    Tel.: +1 978 273 9692

    About Royal Philips:
    Royal Philips is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 114,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

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    Black Friday Billions: $1.2 Billion in Desktop E-Commerce Spending Marks First Billion-Dollar Online Shopping Day of the 2013 Holiday SeasonAmericans Opting for 'Couch Commerce' Help Drive 21-Percent Gain on Thanksgiving Day Spending to $766 MillionApparel & Accessories Ranks as Top Product Category, While Amazon is Once Again the Top Online Retailer

    RESTON, Va., Dec. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore , a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported U.S. desktop retail e-commerce spending for the first 29 days of the November-December 2013 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, $20.6 billion has been spent online, marking a 3-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year.

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    Due to variation in the 2012 and 2013 holiday shopping calendars with Thanksgiving falling so late this year, current season figures are being compared to last year's, which contain a full week of heavy post-Thanksgiving/Cyber Week buying. As a result, the season-to-date growth rate is being artificially suppressed in the short term, with the effects likely to normalize as the season progresses. (An alternative comparison to the four weeks preceding Thanksgiving in 2012 shows a growth rate of 24 percent, which overstates the growth trend much in the way the current rate understates the real growth trend.)

    Black Friday 2013 (November 29) saw $1.198 billion in desktop online sales, making it the season's first billion dollar day and heaviest online spending day to date, while representing a 15-percent increase versus Black Friday 2012. Thanksgiving Day (November 28), while traditionally a lighter day for online holiday spending, achieved a strong 21-percent increase over Thanksgiving Day last year to $766 million.

    2013 Holiday Season To Date vs. Corresponding Days* in 2012 Non-Travel (Retail) E-Commerce Spending Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases Total U.S. - Home & Work Desktop Computers Source: comScore, Inc. ---------------------- Millions ($) ----------- 2012 2013 Percent Change ---- ---- -------------- Nov. 1-29, 2013 vs. Nov. 2-30, 2012 $19,956 $20,574 3% ----------------------------------- ------- ------- --- Nov. 1-29, 2013 vs. Oct. 26-Nov. 23, 2012 $16,530 $20,574 24% ----------------------------------------- ------- ------- --- Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28, 2013) $633 $766 21% ------------------------------- ---- ---- --- Black Friday (Nov. 29, 2013) $1,042 $1,198 15% --------------------------- ------ ------ ---

    *Corresponding days based on corresponding shopping days (November 2 thru November 30, 2012)

    "While Black Friday - and now Thanksgiving Day - is the traditional kick-off to the brick-and-mortar holiday shopping season, both days continue to grow in importance on the online channel," said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. "Clearly many consumers prefer to avoid the crowds and lines typically associated with Black Friday by shopping from the comfort of their own homes, and we saw a record 66 million Americans do that this year. Also interesting is that the recent trend of kick-starting holiday shopping by opening stores on Thanksgiving Day seems to be having a spillover effect on the online channel. Thanksgiving once again posted a well above average growth rate and is the fastest-growing online shopping day over the past five years, as more Americans opt for couch commerce following their Thanksgiving Day festivities."

    Amazon Ranks #1 Among Online Retailers on Black Friday

    66.1 million Americans visited online retail sites on Black Friday using a desktop computer, representing an increase of 16 percent versus year ago. Amazon once again ranked as the most visited online retail site on Black Friday, followed by eBay, Walmart, Best Buy and Target.

    Most Visited Retailer Properties on Black Friday Black Friday 2013 Total U.S. - Home & Work Desktop Computers Source: comScore, Inc. ---------------------- Retail Property --------------- 1 Amazon --- ------ 2 eBay --- ---- 3 Walmart --- ------- 4 Best Buy --- -------- 5 Target --- ------

    Apparel & Accessories Leads the Way for Holiday Category Spending

    For the holiday season-to-date, Apparel & Accessories ranks as the leading product category for the season-to-date, accounting for 28 percent of online spending. Computer Hardware ranks #2 at 19 percent, followed by Consumer Electronics (7 percent), Consumer Packaged Goods (5 percent) and Shipping Services (5 percent).

    Top Online Product Categories by Dollar Sales in 2013 Holiday Season to Date Non-Travel (Retail) E-Commerce Spending Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases Total U.S. - Home & Work Desktop Computers Source: comScore, Inc. ---------------------- Category Share (%) of Online Dollar Sales --- ----- Apparel & Accessories 28% --------------------- --- Computer Hardware 19% ----------------- --- Consumer Electronics 7% -------------------- --- Consumer Packaged Goods 5% ----------------------- --- Shipping Services 5% ----------------- --- All Other Product Categories 36% ---------------------------- ---

    The Apparel & Accessories category is posting particularly strong sales this holiday season as compared to the rest of the year with nearly double its baseline (i.e. January through October) market share while leap-frogging Computer Hardware to be the top-grossing product category. Notably, Computer Hardware is also outperforming its baseline market share for the prior ten months.

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