New CT scanner takes crisper images with less radiation

CT machine demonstration

ADC Staff members demonstrate the 128-slice CT imaging machine.

ADC’s Imaging Center has upgraded its CT and Nuclear Medicine imaging technologies — now higher quality images take less time.

The new 128-slice CT scanner started taking images in December 2011. CT, also called computerized tomography, takes a series of X-ray views of the body to create cross-sectional images of bones and soft tissues.

ADC’s CT technologists Mary Dimaria and Norma Garza underwent additional training to use the machine, which delivers a lower dose of radiation.

“Less radiation dose because it’s taking a faster image – it’s delivering less radiation to the patient itself,” DiMaria says. “This scanner in particular reduces radiation more than other scanners around town.”

Not only are patients getting less radiation exposure, but they’re also spending less time being scanned.

“Within seconds we can scan through a body,” DiMaria said. “They’re pleasantly surprised and they like that we can get it done so much quicker than we used to do before.”

Nuclear medicine camera demonstration

An ADC staff member demonstrates the upgraded nuclear medicine machine.

Nuclear medicine scanning technology was also upgraded – the most notable feature is the ability to fuse nuclear medicine images with some CT scans.

George Hutton, ADC nuclear medicine technologist, says the images are also much higher quality and take less time.

“The radiologists have been impressed with the image quality,” he said. “The technology that this camera has allows us to cut the time in half for our cardiac patients, so instead of imaging for 40 minutes, we can image for 12 to 20 minutes, and I know the patients appreciate that.”

ADC’s Imaging Center is located at 8038 Mesa Drive in Northwest Austin. Call 901-8748 to make an appointment.