Unique CT scanner at the Montreal
MONTREAL – One of
the world’s most advanced computerized tomography (CT) scanners, and the
first of its type in Canada, has been installed at The Montreal
Neurological Institute and Hospital.
The advanced machine improves patient care not only
by reducing exposure to radiation, but also by shortening scanning time
for life-threatening neurological and vascular diseases to mere minutes.
“Thanks to the generosity of the R. Howard Webster Foundation, The Neuro
has the first 640 resolution 320 slice CT scanner available in Canada.
As a highly specialized neuroscience research and medical centre, we
pride ourselves in providing the latest, most innovative technology and
treatments to our patients,” said Dr. David Colman, Director of The
Toshiba's new Aquilion ONE 640 resolution, 320-slice scanner at The Neuro
allows doctors to not only visualize the arteries and veins in the brain
but also allows them to assess blood flow, which is crucial for the
diagnosis and treatment of a number of neurological, vascular and other
“As one of the world’s foremost academic health centres, the McGill
University Health Centre tackles complex medical cases,” added the Hon.
Arthur T. Porter, MUHC Director General and CEO. “To give our patients
the best opportunity for a positive health outcome, our healthcare
professionals need sophisticated equipment and technology. The Aquilion
ONE CT scanner will help us ensure that our patients benefit from the
best care for life.”
The new higher resolution CT scanner offers improved patient safety and
comfort. The scanner has been in use at The Neuro since February 2010
and over 1,000 exams have been done. It has a radical new technology -
large volumetric acquisition - which allows the scanner to image an
entire organ in a single rotation, as well as acquire multiple
diagnostic exams at once.
This advanced design drastically shortens the scanner’s imaging time,
thus saving patient time, shortening time to diagnosis, lowering costs
and importantly, emitting the lowest radiation dose of any CT scanner.
The increased speed of examination, which takes only seconds, also
allows more patients to be seen per day, which means decreased waiting
times. The Aquilion ONE allows for an entirely new array of safe,
non-invasive exams that can be performed to benefit patients:
simultaneous CT angiography and CT perfusion, dynamic CT scanning of the
spine and complete bone removal for CT angiography.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer our patients this sophisticated and
superior technology,” said Dr. Donatella Tampieri, Director of
Neuroradiology at The Neuro. “The rapid scanning time combined with the
higher resolution improves the quality of the images obtained, but also
reduces tremendously patient wait times. The volumetric acquisition
enables the visualization of the whole brain in one single rotation of
0.6 seconds and the high quality of the CT angiography allows us to
avoid more invasive exams like conventional femoral catheterization.”
Patients, staff and visitors at The Neuro now also benefit from complete
renovations to the Neuroradiology Department in which safety,
aesthetics, comfort and time were made foremost priorities.
About the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, is a
unique academic medical centre dedicated to neuroscience. The Neuro is a
research and teaching institute of McGill University and forms the basis
for the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre.
Founded in 1934 by the renowned Dr. Wilder Penfield, The Neuro is
recognized internationally for integrating research, compassionate
patient care and advanced training, all key to advances in science and
medicine. Neuro researchers are world leaders in cellular and molecular
neuroscience, brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience and the study and
treatment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders.
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Posted July 15, 2010