Advanced Flash CT scanner takes images in seconds
Thanks to a $2 million donation from the King's Daughters Foundation, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's acquired the Siemens SOMATOM® High Definition Flash CT system. Scott & White is the third healthcare provider in the United States to offer its young patients the advanced Flash CT scanner.
The Flash CT system produces images at more than twice the speed of other imaging equipment. Older devices could take five to 10 seconds to perform a chest exam. Now, we can scan the entire torso in under a second.
This is excellent news for children and anxious parents. The imaging technology is highly beneficial for patients, especially younger children who don't understand the procedure and often cannot hold still for even 10 seconds. Standard CT scanners would also need to be immobilized or sedated. The Flash CT eliminates those concerns.
The technology uses advanced reconstruction methods to produce three-dimensional images. It has the required images faster while reducing the amount of radiation absorbed by the body to one-eighth of the radiation dose used by standard scanners.