Also known as Computerized Tomography, this system uses specialized x-ray equipment and powerful computers to create cross-sectional images of the inside of the body or the head. CT scans provide more detail than conventional x-rays and can produce images of bone, soft tissue and blood vessels all at the same time. Iredell Memorial introduced Iredell County's first 64-slice CT scanner in 2007.
What does 64-slices mean?
The 64-slice CT offers the fastest, more accurate diagnoses than machines that allow less slices. It creates very clear, detailed images of the body that will help determine the best treatment options for patients. The 64-slice CT has an open design which is more comfortable for patients. It also requires patients to hold their breath for a shorter period of time, so the amount of x-ray exposure to the patient is minimal. The 64-slice requires a patient to hold their breath for nine seconds whereas the previous technology (16-slice CT) required 17 seconds.
Heart Scanning Capabilities
The SOMATOM Sensation 64, manufactured by Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., is the world's first CT scanner able to take 192 images of the heart per second. This non-invasive, virtually pain-free procedure offers exceptional image quality, which can mean better diagnosis, faster recovery time and increased patient comfort and convenience.
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