With just a single rotation, the system creates 64 images, resulting in unprecedented anatomical coverage. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patients’ anatomy to aid in diagnosing disease, viewing internal abnormalities, and assessing the extent of trauma damage.
During a typical VCT procedure, the patient is placed on a table and moved through the scanner while an x-ray tube rotates around the patient’s body. A computer then processes this information and displays the corresponding images on a computer screen. According to Fred Wittenstein, M.D., Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at Florida Hospital Waterman, “This technique avoids any superimposition of organs or tissues upon one another that might occur during other types of x-ray studies.”
The VCT’s ability to routinely deliver unmatched image quality and faster acquisition time is key for cardiac, vascular, neurology, and emergency examinations. The increased speed facilitates data acquisition for patients who have difficulty holding their breath, such as elderly or pediatric patients. And, because doctors obtain incredibly detailed images of the anatomy, they can make more informed diagnostic decisions in a non-invasive manner. For example, if a patient reports chest pain, a 10-second VCT exam can rule out several conditions very quickly or pinpoint a problem early in the process.
The 64-Slice VCT system can also be used when studying cardiovascular conditions, including stroke and blood clots, as well as other conditions involving the brain, colon or lungs.
For more information about Diagnostic Imaging services at Florida Hospital Waterman, please call 352.253.3388.