Max Clini and the new PET/CT Scanner

Those lesions may have gone unnoticed by analog scanners, so it can speed up cancer diagnosis and cut down on radiation exposure.


"The scan times historically on an older analog machine would take anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes. Nowadays we're able to cut that down to less than ten minutes," Clini said.HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - At InSight Imaging, a new state-of-the-art machine produces high-definition digital scans of the human body ― down to the smallest detail.

“The level of sharpness and clarity is far beyond anything we’ve ever seen before,” company President Max Clini said.

The Philips Vereos PET/CT unit is a $3 million cancer-detecting tool.

Nuclear medicine physician Dr. Lynn Madanay said now radiologists and physicians have a much clearer view of a patient's cancer.

"The higher sensitivity of the camera allows you to pick out smaller lesions," he said.

Those lesions may have gone unnoticed by analog scanners, so it can speed up cancer diagnosis and cut down on radiation exposure.

"The scan times historically on an older analog machine would take anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes. Nowadays we're able to cut that down to less than ten minutes," Clini said.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Pacific Business News) -InSight Imaging installed a Philips Vereos positron emission tomography/computed tomography system, or PET/CT system, at their Honolulu headquarters last week — the first of its kind in Hawaii.

The newly installed machine is one of only 25 in the nation and 67 worldwide.

"Our first patient who tried it was a returning patient, who is also a physician, and he was blown away by the speed of the scan," said Massimiliano "Max" Clini, president of InSight Imaging.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - At InSight Imaging, a new state-of-the-art machine produces high-definition digital scans of the human body ― down to the smallest detail.

“The level of sharpness and clarity is far beyond anything we’ve ever seen before,” company President Max Clini said.

The Philips Vereos PET/CT unit is a $3 million cancer-detecting tool.

Nuclear medicine physician Dr. Lynn Madanay said now radiologists and physicians have a much clearer view of a patient's cancer.

"The higher sensitivity of the camera allows you to pick out smaller lesions," he said.




“No longer will Hawaii imaging patients have to travel to the Mainland or wait years for new, more exact, technology to arrive to these islands. We are excited to be able to offer our loyal patients this important advancement in diagnostic imaging,” explained Insight Imaging President Massimiliano “Max” Clini.   

The most common applications of PET in cancer patients are for aiding clinicians in the diagnosis when other tests are inconclusive, staging the extent of cancer, and monitoring for disease recurrence before it escalates or spreads, potentially saving lives. “This state-of-the-art technology will help us identify issues with unmatched precision and data, making the procedure more convenient and less stressful for our patients and their busy schedules,” added Clini. 

A PET scan is cost-effective and fast, as it allows whole-body scans.

It is Medicare-approved for a number of indications and is approved by many insurance plans.

With the installation of the PET/CT complete, InSight Imaging now offers the latest technological advancements in oncology, cardiology, and brain imaging. InSight will become only the 25th facility nationwide to offer this technology, 67th worldwide.

The Philips Vereos PET/CT allows for improved detectability of small lesions, uncompromised detectability and quantification at 1/2 the PET dose, and uncompromised lesion detectability in 1/10th the time. 

“The new Philips Vereos PET/CT scanner at InSight Imaging offers state-of-the-art technology with superior clinical applications for the care of cancer patients in Hawaii,” explained Honolulu Radiologist Dr. Lynn Madanay.

“This leap from analog to digital technology offers the opportunity to more accurately detect smaller cancer lesions, improve patient comfort with faster scans, and lower radiation dose.”

HONOLULU (KHON2) — InSight Imaging announced the recent installation of a Philips Vereos PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) system at their Honolulu location, the world’s first full digital PET/CT scan. 

This machine is only the 25th install in the U.S. and 67th worldwide.


This tool can help local physicians better make evaluations to determine the best course of action for their patients. With early detection, patients could avoid a biopsy or another invasive procedure, which in turn lowers the cost of care to the patient. 

Dr. Madanay reviewing a PET/CT 

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With the center's prior analog imaging equipment, the scan could take up to 45 minutes. Now with the new digital system, it takes five to 10 minutes.

"Not only does this help with patient comfort, but it also helps acquire images faster and clearer as the patient remains still," Clini said.

While this technology can cost upwards of $3 million, insurance providers reimburse exam costs just the same — so it won't add any additional expense for the patient or health plans as whole, Clini explained.

"It is the next generation, a milestone, a pivotal step in innovation," said radiologist Lynn Madanay, who interprets the scans.

Madanay says the benefits of the machine include an increase in diagnostic performance, sharper detail images, faster scans and a decrease in radiation for patient preparation. The scanner is also good for cancer diagnoses and determining what type of therapy will be needed, as well as assessing the survival rate, response, and whether treatment is working for the patient.

"A good analogy would be that of a clock," he said. "With older analog clocks you had the hands and you sort of had to estimate the time. Now, with digital clocks you can see the image of exactly what time it is. Similarly with this new cutting-edge technology, we can be more confident in our interpretation — the amount of detail will be far greater."

InSight Imaging serves more than 2,000 patients annually, a majority being cancer patients.

"We are excited to bring this technology to Hawaii," Clini said. "This is the culmination of our mission to lead this industry forward."