Medical Imaging Brings the Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ 128 slice CT System On Line
MMH Medical Imaging Brings the Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ 128 slice CT System On Line
Massena Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the installation of the new Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ 128 slice CT system. The new scanner offers: patient-friendly design, advanced dose reduction features and exceptional clinical benefits.
Robert Elsner, Administrative Director said, “The previous 16-slice CT system served us well, producing high quality imaging in support of our providers and in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients. However, CT systems have, and continue to evolve at a rapid rate. We felt it was important that our providers and their patients have access to the benefits of these newer technologies. To that end we focused on purchasing a CT system that addressed four key elements: (1) Patient safety, (2) Diagnostic and image quality, (3) Patient limitations, and (4) Expanding care and service options.”
Dr. Terrence Schumpert, Radiologist, said, “We are very excited to have this wonderful diagnostic tool for our patients. A CT Scanner is a workhorse for a Medical Imaging Department for Emergency room patients and outpatient exams. This new CT scanner does faster imaging and has a reduction of radiation without sacrificing image quality which is essential for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of our patients.
The doctor added, “The Siemans Somatom AS+ will allow us to do additional diagnostic tests such as coronary CTA evaluation of the blood vessels of the heart. For pediatric patients the feature of radiation dose reduction is important for the younger patients who can be more sensitive to the dose. Another additional feature is allows us to image patients who could not be imaged before with CT up to 675 pounds.”
Elsner continued, “We think our new Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ 128-slice CT system will not only meet, but exceed those expectations. From a safety perspective, the system is a “low dose” scanner. Simply, MMH Medical Imaging Department will be able to perform scans at radiation dose reductions of up to 60% without loss in diagnostic detail and image quality. This is important, as CT has become a frequent and essential “first” use tool in the evaluation and diagnosis of patient conditions. Because of this increased use, we had to find a way to deliver the same quality imaging while remaining a commitment to keep our patient’s radiation doses to an absolute minimum.
Additionally, the system includes special protocols and dose reduction strategies for children and infants – insuring that when we perform imaging on your children – it is performed safely and at the lowest achievable dose.”
The Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ is a 128-slice system. The ability to acquire nearly eight times the number of images in a single rotation means your scan is performed faster and more efficiently. While this is important, it also means more data is available and in greater detail than lower sliced systems. Put this all together and you have a system that rapidly yields greater diagnostic information for use by the radiologists and physicians in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of our patients.
Mr. Elsner noted their job is to use the diagnostic tool in the most effective way, but with the lowest achievable dose. The new CT scanner offers them “at least a dozen dose reduction strategies,” he said. As part of the pre-scan phase, the system looks at what needs to be scanned and automatically adjusts the factors to provide the lowest possible, effective dosage.
“From a safety perspective, the system is a ‘low dose’ scanner. This system goes up to 60 percent. In past studies we have seen as high as 75 percent reductions. Simply, we will be able to perform scans at radiation dose reductions of up to 60 percent without loss in diagnostic detail and image quality,” Mr. Elsner said.
“This is important, as CT has become a frequent and essential first use tool in the valuation and diagnoses of patient conditions. Because of this increased use, we had to find a way to deliver the same quality imaging while remaining a commitment to keep our patient’s radiation dose to an absolute minimum,” he said. The new system has special protocols and dose reduction strategies for children and infants. That, he said, ensures that imaging performed on children is done safely and at the lowest achievable dose.
Mark Brouillette, Senior Director Ancillary Services, said “We are very fortunate to bring on line this piece of equipment that now compliments our already outstanding medical imaging services and professional technologists. With the 3T MRI, a dual head Nuclear Medicine Scanner, and the Women’s Imaging Center to mention a few of the modalities, MMH’s Medical Imaging Department is a leading imaging center in the North Country.”
In addition to patient safety and diagnostic features, we felt it important to insure that all patients had access to the benefits of this system. As a healthcare facility, we actively promote and support healthy choices and lifestyles for our community. However, not everyone is an ideal body weight and as such, we made sure that the Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ contained special features to allow us to address the imaging needs of that population. With a generous 80 cm opening coupled with an increased table limit of 650 lbs – we essentially insure that everyone in our community will have access to the benefits of this technology when needed.
Finally, Massena Memorial Hospital continues to pursue opportunities to expand care and service when possible. This includes insuring that advanced technology not only meets current needs, but whenever possible includes features and or upgrades to address future needs or trends in the healthcare arena. Primary to this commitment, the Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ features advanced and reconstructive software and protocols to support a range of applications, including advanced cardiac imaging, low-dose lung screening, and virtual colonoscopy. As a result, Massena Memorial Hospital will soon be positioned to offer imaging utilizing these specialized applications, minimizing the need for our community to travel or be transferred to other facilities for their advanced imaging needs.