Computed tomography scans (CT Scans) are medical imaging devices that take X-rays from various angles and put them all together to create a cross-sectional or 3D image. These images have become very beneficial in providing vastly improved visual information of the body.
But, because it involves much more radiation than traditional X-rays, a trip to a CT scanner can expose adults and children to unnecessary amounts of radiation. St. Mary’s Medical Center is the first hospital in the Kansas City area using the CT Optima 660. It’s a new generation, 128-slice CT scanner providing higher-quality images with as much as a 40-50 percent reduction in the radiation dose for exams. This is particularly important for patients dealing with cancer and other diseases that may require multiple scans in the treatment process.
Other benefits include reduced table time. The advanced scanner can scan the entire body in less than 10 seconds, which can be a blessing to patients who may have difficulty remaining still for significant stretches of time.
The Optima 660 is also among the more "green" medical imaging scanners available, using about 60 percent less energy than previous generations of scanners and all components are completely recyclable at end of life.