Breakthrough Technology: 64 Slice CT Imaging
64-Slice is ushering in a new era in CT imaging by giving physicians the ability to see more anatomical detail in only a fraction of the time. The 64-Slice CT scanner obtains high-resolution images as thin as a credit card, which are then used to create a 3D view of your anatomy for your doctor to analyze. The new technology is now available at Franciscan Health – Lafayette East.
The 64-Slice CT scanner can also capture the image of an organ in one second and can scan the entire body in ten seconds.
The reduced CT scanning time offers many advantages:
- It can be difficult for young children to hold still for the longer times required with older scanners
- People with breathing problems often find it difficult to hold their breath for 30 seconds or more, since that is simply longer than most patients with advanced pulmonary conditions can manage
- There is no required recovery time; patients can leave as soon as their exam is complete
- There are fewer risks compared to traditional angiography, since an arterial puncture is not required
It is less expensive than traditional angiography
- Just as important, the amount of radiation a patient receives is also reduced with a new feature called dose modulation
How 64 Slice CT imaging works
As patients lie on a sliding table and hold their breath for approximately ten seconds, the machine silently and painlessly takes a series of 64 cross-sectional images, or “slices.” The computer system then quickly assembles thousands of these slices into three-dimensional images. With the click of a mouse, physicians can view any angle, isolate any organ, and zoom in on any spot.
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Non-invasive imaging of the coronary arteries
When a cardiologist needs to diagnose coronary artery disease, cardiac catheterization is the best tool. However, the speed and sensitivity of 64-Slice CT now gives physicians a new way to view the heart and surrounding structures. Coronary CTA captures thousands of images of a beating heart in mere seconds. With exceptional detail, 64-Slice Coronary CTA allows physicians to view calcified and non-calcified soft plaque in the coronary arteries.
The 64-Slice CT captures images of anatomy as thin as a credit card. 3-Dl images are then formatted, allowing referring physicians and their patients to easily review and understand the findings of the CT scan.
Fast assessment of stroke patients
Once a stroke occurs, time matters. The faster a patient can be evaluated and treatment begins, the better the outcome may be. 64-Slice CT offers the speed and image resolution required for rapid examination of the blood vessels in the brain, enabling physicians to make a quick diagnosis of stroke and determine the extent of the damage.
A complete package
Although the 64-Slice CT is the new benchmark technology for CT Angiography, the scanner offers unparalleled flexibility. With full-function capability, all traditional CT studies can be performed on the 64-Slice CT, giving all patients access to the latest in CT technology.