We have recently installed a Toshiba Aquilion PRIME 160 slice CT system which adds extra capacity, and enables us to offer the very latest in cutting-edge technology to our patients, as well as enhancing our existing imaging provision.
"We are delighted with the Toshiba Aquilion PRIME CT scanner. The image quality is superb with very low radiation doses. The scanner is ideal for our Imaging department as it can perform a wide variety and number of routine examinations as well as advanced studies, to obtain maximum quality images at the lowest possible radiation dose,” says Theresa Doherty, Imaging Manager.
Toshiba’s unique lateral couch movement combined with a standard wide bore of 78 cm ensures iso-centric imaging to optimise image quality and dose and prevents further manual handling for the radiographers. This is of great benefit for example, with bariatric patients, immobile patients and for cardiac, orthopaedic and interventional imaging, where the table can be moved rather than physically move the patient. The patient workflow is improved whilst optimising imaging for the best possible results.
A CT (Computed Tomography) scan uses x-rays and a computer to produce a series of cross sectional 2D and 3D images. CT scans can be performed on any part of the body. They can clearly display several kinds of body tissue (lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels) and may also indicate diseases like cancer, heart and vascular disease, injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.
The scanning process will take approximately 20 minutes. However, if your scan requires an injection of contrast or if your procedure is of an interventional nature your total time in the Imaging department could be up to 90 minutes.