From head to toe
Philips high performance CT opens up new possibilities in diagnostics
The new Philips 256-slice Brilliance iCT came in to use recently at the University Hospital in Ulm. The system produces quick, high-res scans with 80% less radiation.
‘The 256-slice will be primarily a cardiac scanner for us,’ explained Dr Martin Hofmann, head of the hospital’s radiology department. ‘Speed and resolution are of equal importance for the quality of examination results. These two components will enable us to achieve fast, reliable diagnoses.’
of the myocardial tissue.
With the Brilliance iCT scanner radiation exposure for the patient is up to 80% lower than with systems used today. This is possible, among other reasons, due to the high speed of the equipment, so the patient is exposed for much shorter periods of time, and because of the highly sensitive detector, which is better able to record image data and can process them at lower doses.
Thanks to the combination of these new developments it is now possible to achieve detailed and clear images of an entire organ within seconds, including those of the heart and brain, and long-term mutations can also be detected at a very early stage. Apart from cardiac examinations, the iCT in Ulm will also be used for clinical research on other organs. ‘The combination of morphological, angiographic, dynamic and functional imaging opens up new possibilities,’ said Dr Hoffman. ‘We hope that the system will facilitate significant progress in the fast diagnosis of strokes and in the highly sensitive detection of internal bleeding in seriously injured accident victims.’
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