Winthrop Acquires Most Advanced CT Scanner for Fastest, Most Accurate Imaging of the Human Body

Vol. 14, No. 1
Winter 2004

  • $265,000 Grant to Help Winthrop Further Minority Health Outreach Efforts

  • One Million Dollar Gift to Help Build Highly Advanced, Expanded Interventional Cardiology Pavilion at Winthrop

  • Giving New Meaning to the Phrase 'Beating the Odds'

  • Winthrop's Pediatric Craniofacial Team... Reshaping Children's Lives Through Cutting-Edge Surgery

  • Winthrop's Institute for Cancer Care Provides the "One-Two" Punch Needed to Battle Cancer

  • Five Cents Goes Along Way in Helping Kids with Cancer

  • Winthrop Provides A Light at the End of the Tunnel for Families, Patients with Rare Genetic Disorder Known as Prader-Willi Syndrome

  • Christopher Dowd's Story

  • $400,000 Pledge from Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Goes Toward Construction of Pediatric Oncology Rooms in New Inpatient Center

  • Celebrating New Life... Celebrating the Miracle of Love

  • When Prostate Cancer Strikes, Cryoablation is a Viable Treatment Option

  • Winthrop Acquires Most Advanced CT Scanner for Fastest, Most Accurate Imaging of the Human Body

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Donates $30,000 to Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids Funds Raised at First Annual Golf Tournament in Memory of 9-11 Firefighter

  • Islanders Visit

  • "The future ain't what it used to be,"

  • $265,000 Grant to Help Winthrop Further Minority Health Outreach Efforts

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  • The X-ray sure has come a long way from its early days of blurry views of a patient's bones. Today, highly sophisticated technology allows radiologists and physicians to see deep inside the organs and vessels of the human body. Three-dimensional scans of the heart can be taken in a matter of seconds and images of the lungs can detect cancerous nodules with great precision. All this and more can be seen using the new Philips 16-slice Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner - one of the most sophisticated imaging tools currently available that is further improving patient care at Winthrop-University Hospital.

    The new multidetector (also known as multislice) CT scanner is revolutionizing the way imaging of the body is being performed. Not only does the scanner produce the highest quality images, it is two to four times faster than the original multislice scanners, producing 16 images of one subject simultaneously. These images give a three-dimensional picture of a specific organ, bone, or vessel for the most accurate view inside of the body.

    According to Douglas Katz, MD, Director of Body CT, Department of Radiology at Winthrop and Vice Chairman for Clinical Research and Education, the new scanner also has great benefits for patient care because of its rapid imaging capabilities.

    "The speed of the scanner has enormous advantages for trauma patients who are agitated or in severe pain or in children who are frightened or just cannot lay still for a long period of time."

    In just under 15 seconds, imaging of the entire abdomen and pelvis or the whole heart can be accomplished. Thirty-eight individual pictures can be taken per second of rotation with this new, highly advanced imaging technology.

    "The new 16-slice CT scanner is so precise that it is being utilized to image the central coronary arteries to assess for narrowing of the vessels as well as to determine the function of the ventricles," explained Dr. Katz.

    The CT scanner is also being utilized in neurology for stroke imaging and in orthopaedics to get a clearer picture of bones and muscle.

    For more information on the new 16-slice CT scanner, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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