Thanks to a $2 million donation from the King's Daughters Foundation, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's acquired the Siemens Somaton High Definition Flash CT system. Scott & White is the third healthcare provider in the United States to offer the advanced Flash CT scanner to its young patients.
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 great news for children and anxious parents. The imaging technology is extremely beneficial for patients, especially younger children who don't understand the procedure and often are unable to hold still for even 10 seconds. With standard CT scanners they 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, and produces the required images faster while reducing the amount of radiation absorbed by the body to one-eighth of the dose of radiation used by standard scanners.