GE's fast, highly accurate, and low radiation CT scanner  - Meet Revolution CT

12/14/2013 - 00:00

Computed tomography imaging, or CT, has been a key tool in the medical diagnostic arsenal for more than 40 years. The technology helps doctors get a clearer picture of the brain, heart and other internal body parts.Despite decades of experience, capturing an accurate image from a CT can be a challenge. The technology uses X-rays to image the body and requires patients to be still and calm. In fact, according to a study from the British Journal of Radiology, almost two-thirds of patients referred to cardiac CT today were found to have high heart rates. Some are turned away from being scanned.

GE Healthcare, which installed some of the first CT scanners in hospitals, has been developing new technologies that improve the CT scanning process. The latest is the Revolution CT*, which for the first time in CT, features the convergence of a wide scan coverage area big enough to scan the heart in only one beat, a clear image, and a fast scan. This means that patients can get their CTs completed more quickly and accurately, and at a low radiation dose.

The Revolution uses high-resolution and motion correcting technology similar to the image stabilization features in personal cameras. The technology allows it to bypass previous obstacles and capture a motion free image of the human heart in just one beat. It allows doctors to retrieve sharper images with more information. Dr. Ricardo C. Cury, who chairs the radiology department at Baptist Health South Florida and used the machine, called it “innovation at its best” and “an all-in-one scanner.”

GE introduced the Revolution alongside a suite of products at the 99th annual Radiological Association of North America (RSNA) conference held last week in Chicago. “Revolution CT is able to scan even the most challenging patients, day in and day out, with remarkably clear images,” says Steve Gray, leader of Molecular Imaging & Computed Tomography at GE Healthcare. “This will be the first CT scanner that’s right for everybody in every clinical specialty.”