Healthwatch: Big Bore Scanner Meeting More Patient Needs

The 16-slice Philips CT Big Bore Scanner is just like any other. It takes cross-sectional images of the body using x-rays and a computer.

The images allow a radiologist to look at the inside of the body. Doctors can look right at an area of interest to better diagnose and evaluate a problem.

Rush CT Tech, Chad Fox, says this device's size means it will be able to offer this vital technology to more patients.

"It allows us to accommodate larger patients, which otherwise would have to go either sometimes out of state to get scanned," said Fox. "Number two is, you know, patients that are claustrophobic, it even helps in that; it actually makes them feel a little more wide open."

This unit also makes it possible to scan patients who are hooked up to monitors, intravenous devices, or respiratory aids, for example, without compromising image quality or positioning. That's extremely important because CAT scans are most frequently used in locating cancer.

"Most of the time we scan patients, it's for, you know, cancer patients. Number two is we can scan as much as looking for pulmonary embolus. We can look at stroke patients," Fox said. "Anybody that's got any kind of, you know, we're even doing some heart, you know, studies, with cardiac CTA. That's even available."

Fox says the Big Bore Scanner also calculates automatically the amount of radiation needed to get the image needed, adjusting the dose to match the size of the patient.

He says that's important because more and more is being done to diagnose through CT, so limiting the exposure is best for the patient, while also producing the best diagnostic image.

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