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New scanner adapts to overweight patients

Research involving 200 patients at Ashley River Tower has begun using the new Siemens Somatom Definition AS 128-slice CT scanner.
The new scanner uses the latest in computed tomography (CT) technology, which virtually adapts to any patient, including patients with morbid obesity. The scanner offers advanced dose protection that allows for dynamic perfusion imaging, and features a wider gantry opening and higher maximal weight load to accommodate obese patients.
With the new scanner are Robin Brothers, from left, Drs. Joseph Schoepf and Elisabeth Arnoldi.

The equipment currently is used in research partnerships between the Department of Radiology, Division of Cardiology and Hollings Cancer Center. Cardiac research involves stenosis detection of coronary arteries while the oncologic research focuses on perfusion imaging in patients with head and neck cancer.
Because of the broader configuration with 128 slices, images of the heart can be captured in four heart beats, which means shorter scan times, clearer images for the physicians to read and less radiation exposure to patients.
The study using the new Siemens scanner is led by Joseph Schoepf, M.D., professor of radiology and cardiology; and Elisabeth Arnoldi, M.D.
“The Somatom Definition AS goes beyond slices and detector rows to address the overall versatility and usefulness of a CT scanner,” said Schoepf, chief of cardiac imaging at MUSC. “It truly allows you to adapt the CT scanning to your individual patients.”

Friday, Feb. 20, 2009

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