St. Anthony announces the installation of its new CT scanner, the Siemens Somatom Definition "Flash." The hospital say the scanner utilizes fast scanning with the lowest radiation doses possible.
The $1.5 million Flash is a "dual source" scanner, which utilizes two sources of x-ray for rapid and more precise scanning. For example, the entire thorax can be scanned in just over .5 seconds, which takes the burden of breath-holding off of our patients. St. Anthony says its the first to introduce the Siemens Somatom Definition "Flash" CT scanner in Oklahoma.
To minimize radiation, and prevent over-radiation of dose sensitive organs, the Flash provides two different solutions: one is the combination of Adaptive Dose Shields and CARE Dose4D, which reduce irrelevant radiation and can reduce radiation exposure in average adult patients by up to 66%. The other is X-CARE, which focuses in on dose-sensitive anatomical regions, and reduces or switches off tube current during the rotation phase in which the concerned anatomical regions are most directly exposed to radiation.