Weiss adds new 64-Slice CT Scanner
Chances are, you’ve heard of a “CT scan” or “CAT scan”—either because you’ve had one, know someone who has had one, or you’ve heard the term on your favorite medical show. But do you really know how a CT scan works?
A CT scan (computerized tomography scan) uses a range of two-dimensional x-rays, taken from all angles along an axis, to create a three-dimensional image of a specific area of the body. This enables doctors to see inside a person and make a potential diagnosis without ever cutting into the body.
Weiss recently installed a new, 64-slice CT scanner, providing doctors with an important highly detailed medical imaging tool. The scanner improves image quality and speed, which enables doctors to diagnose patients at earlier stages of disease. The addition of this new, improved technology will help to make a major impact at Weiss, where doctors order some 10,000 CT scans each year.
Due to its extremely detailed imaging, doctors use the 64-slice CT scanner to diagnose myriad conditions throughout the body, from the head to the feet. CT scans commonly help diagnose:
- Brain tumors
- Bone trauma
- Lung defects
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart blockages
- Abdominal cancers
- Pelvic cancers
The scanner can be less invasive than other procedures, such as biopsies. Because of that, it potentially leads to earlier treatments and better outcomes. Additionally, depending on the clinical task, the new scanner can has been shown to decrease radiation exposure by incorporating dose-reduction technologies.
Improved patient-centric features and faster scans streamline the 64-slice scanner, and as a result, many patients report feeling more comfortable and relaxed. A faster scan can be especially beneficial for patients who are very sick, have anxiety, have trouble holding still, or have difficulty holding their breath.
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