New system should provide patients with quick results

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By Wendy Hoffman

Los Alamos Medical Center will soon unveil its new 16-slice computer tomography (CT) imaging system. The GE Healthcare BrightSpeed VCT Select scanner brings additional state-of-the-art technology to LAMC’s imaging department with speed as a major focus, say those who will work most closely with the new machine.“Because it is replacing a 1-slice scanner,” said Leroy Baca, Director of Radiology, “we can now get 15 times more data with each image. It works with 16 rows of detectors as the body is scanned, so there is much less chance of missing anything. We can also retrospectively reconstruct data for a doctor if need be.” The new scanning process is much faster, as well, Baca said, making for less X-ray exposure and “stress time” for the patient and providing the physician with quicker results.In particular, Baca said, CT angiograms or images of the heart will be “greatly enhanced.”The new scanner also provides for improved detection of pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs), improved aortic images, increased detection of lung cancer and enhanced imaging of the pancreas and adrenals, Baca added.In the orthopaedic arena, he said the new scanner’s ability to do three-dimensional image reconstruction of a bone, using three times more data than is currently available, will greatly assist physicians.Dr. J.D.

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