New CT System Enables Better Scanning in Even the Most Challenging Situations
With the convergence of whole organ coverage, image quality, and speed found in GE Healthcare’s Revolution* CT scanner, Wayne Memorial’s physicians are now able to diagnose in even the most challenging situations. This innovative technology can help enable clinicians to diagnose more patients with erratic or high heart beats and also provide pediatric patients with sedation free and low-dose scanning capabilities, among other clinical advances.
“Technology is continuously changing and improving. It’s important for us to do that as well with the equipment we utilize to provide world class care to our patients every day,” states John MCCullough, Director of Radiology at Wayne Memorial.
Today, more than 70 million computed tomography (CT) scans are done per year in the U.S. with tremendous clinical value in helping physicians to provide a fast and definitive diagnosis across a wide range of applications. CT is a non-invasive and expedient way to look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones using x-rays to generate very high resolution images of the body. It does this by rotating an x-ray source and detector around the patient as the patient is moved through the device.
The wide coverage of Revolution CT allows healthcare providers to scan entire organs such as the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, in a single 0.28 sec rotation reducing breath hold times for patients. Also, the speed of this new technology allows providers to gather information about function as well as anatomy, enabling a comprehensive stroke assessment of the brain in a single exam.
The hospital’s Revolution CT comes equipped with ASiR-V*, GE’s next generation of low dose technology which routinely reduces dose up to 82% with the same image quality0. Furthermore, clinicians can help reduce patient anxiety with Revolution CT as:
• The scanner is 50% quieter than previous generation CTs
• Revolution CT provides soft ambient lighting and personalized gantry displays
• It can comfortably accommodate more patients with a larger 80 cm bore size
• Patients may not be required to take special medication to slow their heart rate for a diagnostic cardiac exam due to Revolution CT’s fast imaging speed
Revolution CT delivers high definition imaging across the entire body, helping physicians make a confident diagnosis across all applications:
• Cardiac exams in a single heart beat
• Whole brain imaging in less than a second
• Low dose, whole organ diagnosis and follow-up for oncology patients
• Detailed bone imaging, even for patients with metal implants
• Sedation-free and low dose scans for pediatric patients.
Wayne Memorial had the system installed this week and is currently scanning patients. Wayne Memorial Hospital, whose mission is to provide high quality health care services to all patients, built a state-of-the-art facility in 2007. It is the third largest employer in Wayne County with 500 employees, 84 beds and is a three-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.
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⁰ In clinical practice, the use of ASiR-V 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.