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128-Slice Computed Tomography (CT Scanning)

Melissa Dowker, RT

Melissa Dowker, R.T. (R)(M)(CT), computed tomography (CT) scanning staff technologist at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, reviews an image produced by the Medical Center's new 128-slice CT scanner.

128-Slice CT Scanning offers faster, safer more accurate diagnosis.

The 128-slice CT scanner can be adapted to provide three-dimensional images for virtually any patient, young or old, of any size, includign those with cardiac or respiratory conditions that make it difficult to get high-quality images with other types of scanners. The Siemens scanner helps overcome these challenges by rapidly providing clear images of more of the patient’s body. Its capabilities help eliminate the need for follow-up tests and can potentially shorten hospital stays.

An adaptive dose shield enables the system to adjust radiation exposure levels to serve patients of all ages. It blocks unnecessary doses of radiation before and after the scan.

During scanning, the system provides diagnostic information that enables doctors to differentiate, characterize, isolate and distinguish the tissue, making it easier to determine the disease. The technology adapts to each patient’s clinical needs and covers the exact range the patient requires. The images can show blood flow over time of whole organs. In the case of stroke patients, physicians can use whole-organ imaging to show circulation of blood not only within a small part of the brain, like most CT scanners, but for the entire brain.

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