Published on December 17, 2019

New CT Technology Helps with Radiotherapy Planning

Photo of Dr. Fireman and Dr. Mehta with the new Somatom CT scanner.

Radiation Oncology Medical Director Mark Fireman, M.D., and Radiation Oncologist Rajnikant Mehta, M.D., show off the newly installed Siemen’s Somatom Confidence RT Pro CT Scanner. Not pictured: Radiation Oncologist Rajesh Kotecha, M.D.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland recently installed specialized CT technology designed to assist the radiation team with formulating radiotherapy treatment. This new Siemen’s Somatom Confidence® RT Pro CT Scanner provides precise images so that providers have the most accurate information when mapping out a patient’s individualized radiation therapy plan.

Additionally, this state-of-the-art CT scanner utilizes iMAR and Direct Density technology.  The iMAR technology assesses any metal implants, such as fillings or pacemakers that a patient may have in their body and erases it from view. In a regular CT, the metal implant distorts the image, eliminating vital images from being visible. The iMAR removes the refracting that occurs and gives the provider a cleaner image to fully assess the tumor and surrounding organs.

The Direct Density technology automatically adjusts to each person based on their size, such as a child versus adult, optimizing the image quality and creating a personalized scan unique to each individual.

“By bringing this technology to MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, our patients are getting excellent image quality,” said Joan Herbert, director of the Oncology Service Line at MidMichigan Health. “By combining the capability of the CT scanner and a simulator, patients’ evaluation time in the simulator is reduced, and providers receive precision images for radiotherapy treatment planning.”

The Cancer Center at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena is also equipped with this advanced imaging technology and was the first in the nation to receive the Siemen’s Somatom Confidence® RT Pro CT Scanner for radiation therapy. “We are also pleased to announce that this same equipment is scheduled to be installed at our MidMichigan Gratiot Cancer Center in spring 2020,” said Herbert.

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