Jan 14, 2015 6:40 PM
New high resolution CT scan shows amazing graphic detail and 4D imaging
It's the next generation of scanners approved by the FDA. It's called the Revolution CT Scanner by GE.
West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Florida just completed the first ever, six month clinical trial on the machine.
Here's how it works. The scanner beams x-rays through the body. Then a computer produces high-resolution, detailed images, slice by slice.
The 4D images help doctors see vascular flow and organs in motion. It can also take incredibly high-resolution images of blood vessels, soft tissue, and bones.
It scans so quickly, it can build an image of a complete heart in a single heartbeat.
Much like personal cameras and cell phone cameras, it uses motion correcting technology to stabilize the images. That helps with imaging moving organs, and it also means patients don't have to hold still for very long.
The high resolution images mean better doctor's can diagnose medical issues more accurately. GE also claims it reduces radiation levels by as much as 82% from a conventional CT scan. That's especially helpful when it comes to pediatric scans.