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Dual-source CT installed at Vancouver General

VANCOUVER – Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) has unveiled Canada’s first dual-source computed tomography (CT) system, a breakthrough their Emergency Trauma radiology department says will re-define the role of CT.

The hospital has acquired the Somatom Definition, from Siemens Canada. According to the company, the new device is faster than every beating heart and capable of imaging full cardiac detail with as much as 50 percent less radiation exposure, compared to traditional CT scanners.

“We are pleased with our ability to provide our patients with state-of-the art diagnostic imaging with the new Somatom Definition CT scanner, and we are particularly pleased with our ability to do so in the setting of acute need in the Emergency Department,” said Dr. Nestor Muller, Head of the VGH Radiology Department.

“The unique feature of the new scanner is the ability to scan with two different X-ray sources and two detectors simultaneously, compared to the single X-ray source and detector configuration commonly available in standard systems. This unique feature allows physicians to better differentiate and characterize soft tissues and fluids and also isolate and distinguish bone from vessels.”

“The major benefits of our new CT scanner include the ability to image patients using less radiation, faster imaging time with high image quality and the ability to image the heart without the need of pre-medication,” said Dr. Nicolaou, Head of Emergency Radiology. The system enables faster and earlier diagnosis in multi trauma patients while maintaining the highest image quality, independent of patient size and medical condition.

“Siemens has long been committed to creating products that will shape the future of healthcare. We are pleased to see VGH will be truly redefining what a CT can do and will be setting a new benchmark for the Canadian industry to follow,” said Andy Hind, Vice President of Siemens Medical Solutions Division. “The versatility of the Definition solidifies its value as a complete and comprehensive solution, not only for large hospitals, such as the VGH, but also for diagnostic imaging centres and community hospitals,” added Hind.

Setting new standards in cardiac diagnosis, the Somatom Definition will image patients with high or irregular heart rates, or even arrhythmia, without beta blocker medication that was needed to slow a patient’s heart. The system also enables physicians to better identify and characterize plaque, an early indicator of heart disease.

The Siemens’ CT innovation is an ideal tool for one-stop diagnosis in acute care imaging, including the assessment of patients with acute chest pain, abdominal pain and suspicion of stroke.

About Siemens in Canada
Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world, providing innovations in areas such as automation and control, power, transportation, medical, information and communications, and lighting. In Canada, Siemens is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with more than 7,500 employees located in 76 offices and seven major manufacturing facilities. Sales for fiscal 2006 were $2.3 billion.