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News Release Date : 09/06/2005

St. Mary's of Michigan Offers the Most Advanced in Imaging Technology

Model of the 64 Slice CT
St. Mary's of Michigan recently introduced technology which making looking into the human body much more accurate and provides numerous benefits to patients.

The LightSpeed VCT, from GE Healthcare, is available at St. Mary's of Michigan - Towne Centre and is the first of its kind in the region. More commonly known at "64-slice CT," the equipment provides the most innovative way for physicians to diagnose fractures, tumors, masses, hemorrhages, cardiac problems and other medical conditions. "This is far more advanced than anything else that is being used in the area," said Sabrina Williams, manager of imaging services at St. Mary's of Michigan-Towne Center and other sites.

The St. Mary's of Michigan Foundation funded the purchase of the 64-slice imaging equipment.

In a single rotation of the imaging unit, the LightSpeed VCT produces a volume of data at 40 mm per rotation, creating 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy for physicians at St. Mary's of Michigan to analyze. This technology replaces the more traditional CT scanning available at St. Mary's of Michigan-Towne Centre.

A CT scan is a medical diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the body. This aids physicians in diagnosing disease, viewing internal abnormalities and assessing the extent of trauma damage. During a typical CT procedure, the patient is placed on a table, which then moves through a donut-shaped device that houses an X-ray tube and detector array. The X-ray tube rotates around the patient and X-rays pass through the patient to the detector array, and X-ray measurements are acquired. A computer then processes the information and displays the corresponding images on a screen.

With the new technology, during each rotation of the X-ray tube, 64 images are recorded, compared to only two images per revolution with prior technology, Williams said.

The 64-slice technology currently is being used in a variety of applications and soon will have additional uses for viewing and diagnosing cardiac conditions, Williams said.

According to GE Healthcare, manufacturer of the system, some of the special features of the system include:

* The ability to capture images of the whole heart and coronary arteries in just five heartbeats - which provides clearer images than with other technologies that take longer and significantly reduces the amount of time that patients must hold their breath during the exam. This is especially beneficial for ill or elderly patients.

* A single quick scan can give physicians the images needed to rule out the three primary causes of mortality in patients with chest pain - aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and coronary artery disease.

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