Imagine if doctors could get a crystal-clear view of what's going on inside your body. It would make figuring out what's wrong with you a whole lot easier.
You've heard of a CT scan before, but Topeka's Stormont-Vail Hospital has a new 64-slice scanner that's four-times more powerful than what it had before. The images it captures inside your body are amazing.
Radiologist Dr. Timothy Allen says it is cutting-edge technology. He says each time the scanner revolves around the person, it takes 64 slices at once, as opposed to the old scanner which took four slices with each revolution of the scanner.
The result is not only a faster test, but images that look like textbook illustrations or computer models.
Dr. Allen says it improves the ability to see a study in greater detail and it allows them to construct images in a three-dimensional format.
The 64-slice scanner not only gives better views of the chest, abdomen, pelvis and head, it can also give a picture of smaller vascular structures previously unseen. Because of that, doctors may be able to use the 64-slice scanner to make a diagnosis where in the past they would have used more invasive procedures, that posed some risk to a patient.
The scanner is a $2 million investment for Stormont, but Dr. Allen says it's worth it. He says it will give big advantages for the patients.
Stormont-Vail is the only hospital in our area to have this scanner, and is one of only 200 hospitals in the world with it.
You can learn more about it by going to the company's Web site.