Computerized Tomography (often called a CAT or CT scan) reveals bone and body tissues including muscles, lungs and blood systems at selected levels of the body. The CT scanner is virtually an open system that uses an x-ray beam and sophisticated computer to display images of the body in "slices" or in three-dimensional views.
Hillcrest has joined an elite handful of US hospitals by acquiring the world's fastest, most powerful computed tomography system. The Aquilion achieves gravitational forces of 13Gs (four times of the Space Shuttle during lift off.) This speed allows for a complete survey from head to pelvis to be performed in a single breath hold.
The CT system is not only faster, but also better. It acquires smaller slices delivering clearer, sharper views of anatomical structures like aneurysms, tumors and fractures. It also reduces the x-ray dose to patients.
Other benefits of the multi-slice CT include:
• Virtual Colonography generating two and three-dimensional views of the colon, increasing the speed and ease of locating and analyzing polyps and cancer.
• Cardiac Calcium Scoring demonstrates coronary calcification in four major arteries and gives a report stating the likelihood of a heart attack.
• CT Cardiac used to determine the presence and extent of obstructive coronary artery disease