Computed Tomography, more commonly known as CT scans have been used for decades to assess a patient who is believed to be seriously ill or injured.
We’ve all seen the CT images of bones and organs pieced together from x-rays used to help treat these patients, but a new kind of technology is giving a more accurate, breathtaking view of the internal body in motion.
General Electric’s Revolution CT, developed in 2013, is an extremely fast scanner that allows doctors to get a detailed, intimate view of things like a beating heart, veins pumping blood, the skull, blood vessels, and much more.
According to CNET.com, the scanner also reduces radiation by as much as 82 percent, something that no doubt alleviates concern for many patients and healthcare professionals alike.
“Its combination of low-dose exposure, organ-wide coverage and motion correction technology allows doctors to reduce radiation and still obtain high-resolution images of blood vessels, soft tissue, organs and bones,” GE Reports states.
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A regular CT scan can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes, but the machine captures full images so fast, it only takes one second to completely capture an entire pelvis and abdomen. That’s a huge difference for patients who typically are instructed to be still as a large, intimidating machine scans their body.
GE scientists created the Revolution CT by consulting with medical professionals and identifying their biggest operational challenges and clinical needs.
The scanner uses a stabilizer comparable to image stabilizers used in professional cameras to correct any movement from the patient. This allows doctors to see and take images of organs that typically are hard to photograph, CNET reports.
The scientists worked closely with doctors to fine tune the scanner and in September of 2014, the machine’s first clinical trial kicked off at West Kendall Hospital in South Florida.
The trial lasted six months, and in that period, doctors reported that they were able to diagnose patients with issues like erratic heartbeats because the machine provides information that the previous CT models couldn’t. The hospital’s CEO said the experience with the revolution CT scanner was “uniformly positive” and it provided amazing accurate images.
This machine has the potential to replace several tests needed to provide a diagnosis for a number of issues, but it seems like the realm of possibility is just getting started for the Revolution CT. For more information on GE’s machine, visit the links below.