BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Boca Raton Regional Hospital today is announcing its brand new CT scanner — a new take that dramatically reduces radiation exposure.
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This innovative, second-generation Flash CT scanner delivers the shortest scan times with the lowest radiation dose. It produces high-quality, diagnostic images in fractions of a second, while significantly reducing the patient’s exposure to radiation. Because of its increased speed, motion from breathing or a patient’s inability to hold still does not cause faulty images.
When compared to a traditional CT scanner, the Flash CT reduces radiation exposure by as much as 90 percent. It also contains specialized adaptive dose shields that customize the lowest possible dose of radiation for each patient. The Flash CT can detect and turn off its beam cycles when aimed directly at sensitive tissue areas. It also filters out unneeded radiation and uses what is called “iterative reconstruction,” which reduces radiation while enhancing the quality of the image.
A typical 64-slice CT scanner takes about 30 seconds to image the whole body and the image can be disrupted by any movement, such as tremors or breathing. The Flash CT table moves as fast as 1.5 feet per second, scanning the entire body in 3-4 seconds. Due to its unprecedented speed, it is no longer necessary for patients to hold their breath or be sedated. This offers tremendous advantages in pediatric and geriatric scanning.
“The technology also gives us a new level of diagnostic capabilities that includes vessel imaging, cardiac testing, cancer staging and tissue characterization, which can be tailored to each patient’s individual needs,” said Jonathan Wiener, MD, Medical Director of Neuroradiology and Cardiac CT at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “With this system, our clinicians can obtain significant enhanced diagnostic information from the time of initial diagnosis and throughout follow-up treatment.”
With traditional CT technology, clinicians often face the challenge of scanning patients with morbid obesity. This greatly complicates the imaging process, making it difficult for doctors to acquire the images necessary to provide a confident diagnosis. This new scanner has more power than any previous devices and can scan even the most obese patient and yield outstanding diagnostic images.
The technology’s Adaptive 4D Spiral also allows combined anatomic and functional imaging of whole organs. This is especially advantageous in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
“The Flash CT will revolutionize our imaging department, providing the most cutting-edge technology available in computed tomography,” said Joseph Kleinman, MD, Chief of the Department of Radiology at Boca Regional. “From both a patient and physician perspective it provides benefits unequaled by other technology.”
In 2012, Boca Regional received a $25 million grant, the largest, single philanthropic gift in the institution’s history, from the Marcus Foundation to create the Marcus Neuroscience Institute on the Hospital’s main campus. The facility will serve as a new, state-of-the-art nexus of care for neurologic and neurosurgical patients and transform the landscape of clinical capabilities available in the region. “The Flash CT scanner will be the cornerstone in the advanced imaging capabilities that will be offered at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute,” said Dr. Wiener.