New Technology Offers Comfortable Exams

Patients undergoing positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scans were introduced to new technology this week with the implementation of the Siemens Biograph mCT at Salina Regional Health Center’s Outpatient Imaging Center. The technology replaces a service that had been provided by a mobile unit and only available two days a week.

The Biograph mCT offers some of the latest advancements in PET/CT imaging to produce faster, more accurate, high-resolution images with lower doses of radiation. A wider, 78 centimeter opening and shorter tunnel on the device improves comfort to patients allowing them to feel less claustrophobic. Biograph mCT also accommodates larger patients up to 500 lbs.

“We’re pleased to be able to provide some of the most advanced imaging technology available and offer it to patients in our region on a daily basis,” said Terry Hauschel, imaging and diagnostic services director at Salina Regional Health Center. “The technology has many advanced applications in oncology, cardiology and neurology.”

Iterative reconstruction technology used by Biograph mCT produces significant reductions in image noise with a 30 to 60 percent reduction in radiation exposure depending on the test. A fourth detector ring also speeds PET scan times and requires less radiation with additional image quality benefits when studying the biochemical, functional and molecular processes taking place in the body.

Doctors can use Biograph mCT to characterize the tiniest tumors more precisely, which permits a more accurate diagnosis and improved monitoring of changes in cancer activity over time. They also can more accurately assess damaged heart muscle and evaluate neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.