Memorial Adds New CAT
Scan to Imaging Services
such as x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, and nuclear medicine, are crucial for helping
diagnose ailments and assist with interventional procedures. Memorial’s Imaging department added a new CAT
Scan that will improve the care we provide to patients.
The new CAT Scan provides
faster imaging, and better spacial and contrast resolution. CAT Scans use x-rays to take images of the
body for diagnosing conditions and assisting with interventional procedures,
such as chest and pelvis examinations, aneurysms, appendicitis, cancer,
abdominal pain and bone fractures.
The new scanner
features 64-slice image reconstruction, which can provide a clear image down to
a fraction of a millimeter. It is also
captures images faster and has improved technologies, such as metal artifact
reduction (MAR), noise reduction, and organ dose modulation (ODM).
The MAR feature
provides better images of metal components in the body, like prosthetic
devices, dental fillings and brain implants.
The noise reduction software enables technicians to minimize the
radiation dose patients receive without compromising image quality. Typically, using a lower dose of radiation in
a scan will result in background noise that clouds the image. The technology in the new scanner reduces the
background noise so that lower doses of radiation can be used while maintaining
a clear image.
In addition to the
noise reduction software, the ODM feature provides filtering capabilities to
reduce radiation exposure for specified areas of the body. The new scanner can allow technicians to
reduce the radiation dose over sensitive areas of the body, such as the eyes,
thyroid, breast or reproductive organs.
The new scanner
also includes a display screen for patients to watch during a scan to reduce
movement, including cartoon features for kids.
It also enables Memorial to offer new services, including brain perfusions
to complement our stroke program and lung cancer screening.