DMH Emergency Care Center installs Latest CT Scanning Technology
July 22, 2015…The latest CT scanning technology is now available in the Decatur Memorial Hospital Emergency Care Center.
The new GE Revolution* CT scanner merges whole organ coverage, image quality and speed to diagnose even the most challenging patients.
This innovative technology helps physicians diagnose more patients with erratic or high heart beats and also provide children with sedation free and low-dose scanning capabilities.
CT is a non-invasive way to look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones using x-rays to generate very high resolution images of the body. It does this by rotating an x-ray source and detector around the patient as the patient is moved through the device. The increased speed of the Revolution CT provides three second average scan times for a patient’s entire chest, abdomen and pelvis.
The wide coverage of Revolution CT allows scanning of entire organs such as the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, in a single 0.28 sec rotation reducing breath hold times for patients. Also, the speed of this new technology allows physicians to gather information about function as well as anatomy, enabling a comprehensive stroke assessment of the brain in a single exam.
Revolution CT comes equipped with ASiR-V*, GE’s next generation of low dose radiation technology which routinely reduces the radiation dose up to 82 percent with the same image quality0. Furthermore, the Revolution CT delivers an enhanced patient experience during the procedure:
- 50 percent quieter scanning
- soft ambient lighting, personalized displays and relaxing visual patterns
- can comfortably accommodate larger patients
- patients with high heart rates or irregular heart rhythms may not require special medication to slow their heart rate
Revolution CT delivers high definition imaging across the entire body, helping physicians make a confident diagnosis across all applications:
- Cardiac exams in a single heart beat
- Low dose, whole organ diagnosis and follow-up for cancer patients
- Detailed bone imaging, even for patients with metal implants
- Sedation-free and low dose scans for children
* Trademark of General Electric Company
⁰ In clinical practice, the use of ASiR-V may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task.
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,300 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence. DMH has been recognized four consecutive years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Truven Health