Dual-source CT installed at 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.