Although not in hospitals yet, the newest generation of CT scanners come with promises to drastically reduce radiation exposure, improve image quality and decrease imaging time. Three of four image quality indexes reported by researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s Advances Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory showed that the newer unit outperformed it’s older counterpart.
Since CT scans now account for three-quarters of Americans’ radiation exposure, utilizing a machine that reduces the amount of exposure is a great benefit to your patients. Newer generation CT scanners have the potential to decrease those risks considerably while improving image quality. This means a safer scan for patients and a more thorough read.
These newer scanners also decrease the time it takes to complete the scan. Using 320 rows of imaging at one time, compared to the 64 rows of the first-generation scanners, the second-generation units can scan an entire organ in the time it takes for the heart to complete one heartbeat.
For more information on new generation CT scanners, read the full article at http://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2013/05000/Breaking_News__Next_Generation_CT_Scanner_Slashes.3.aspx. How do you see these second-generation CT scanners benefiting both hospitals and patients?