Early this year, General Electric began clinical trials using their newest body scanner that captures internal body structures from bones to blood vessels in stunning high-definition. Called “Revolution CT,” the new scanner works by using a fan-shaped beam of x-rays that passes along patients’ bodies. This data is interpreted by computers that create an intricate image of a patient’s body in slices, much like an MRI. According to GE’s website, radiation exposure can be reduced by 82% over regular CT scans using their new machine. Purportedly, the Revolution CT can even create a detailed image of a patient’s heart in the brief time it takes for the heart to beat – even for those who have fast heart rates.
With a myriad of improvements over existing CT technology, the Revolution CT machine works faster (and quieter) and can capture clear images of moving organs – even if an individual has a pacemaker or metal inside his or her body. Doctors involved in the trial at Kendall Baptist Hospital in Florida noted that they were able to better diagnose challenging cardiac cases as well as reduce the exposure to radiation for pediatric patients. Patient feedback about the scanning was also overwhelmingly positive.
The images available on GE’s website and others speak for themselves. You can view them in several different places:
This new technology could have far-reaching and positive implications for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In many TBI cases, damage to the brain is subtle, sometimes too subtle to detect with current imaging technology. Many personal injury clients come to us frustrated after receiving “normal” test results when the effects of a TBI on them or their loved ones are so readily apparent. Our team at Crosley Law Firm continues to stay abreast of the latest developments in medical technology so we can continue to provide our clients with the absolute best service possible – and strengthen their cases as we prepare for settlement negotiations and trials.
To learn more about Crosley Law Firm’s experience handling TBI cases, you can visit our practice area page and even download a free e-book: “Four Signs You May Have an Undiagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury.”
General Electric Company. (2015, April 21). Revolution CT. GE Healthcare. Retrieved from http://www3.gehealthcare.com/en/products/categories/computed_tomography/revolution_ct
Kedmay, D. (2015, January 8). These GIFs show the freakishly high definition future of body scanning. Time. Retrieved from http://time.com/3659731/body-scanner-high-definition-general-electric/
Zolfagharifard, E. (2015, January 1). Brains, veins and bones as you’ve never seen them: Scanner reveals gruesome, high-definition images of the human body. Daily Mail. Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2907492/Brains-veins-bones-ve-never-seen-Scanner-reveals-gruesome-high-definition-images-human-body.html
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