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State of the art CT scanner newly installed at the Mount Hospital

A cutting edge low dose CT scanner was installed last week at Perth Radiological Clinic (PRC)’s Mount Hospital branch.

The new GE CT scanner is equipped with a state-of-the-art new software package that will help improve the way patients are imaged and the way interventional procedures are performed. In addition, the scanner comes with the new “ASIR” advanced dose reduction software that allows scans to be performed at a much lower dose while still producing images of exquisite quality.  The data is not filtered in any way meaning that less data (ie dose) is needed to achieve excellent images.

Other advances in software and technology include a cardiac imaging and an oncology package, as well as the ability to reduce the amount of scans required to guide needles for both therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.  In some cases the radiation dose will be reduced by up to 80% when compared to previous CT scanners.  The scanner is a great asset for the Mount site given that the hospital is a centre of excellence for cardio-thoracic surgery, neurosurgery and oncology.

“We are excited about the potential advantages of this technology to improve patient care” said Dr. Price, the radiologist in charge of the site.

The new CT scanner is now fully operational.

Pictured above Dr David Price (left) with CT technologist Chris Davies and Chief Radiographer Kate Stavrianos, is excited about the potential for this new scanner to improve patient care.