Imaging Equipment

The Institute for Advanced Biomedical Imaging offers cutting-edge technology in combination with some of the best chest radiologists in the world to provide advanced diagnostics that are central to personalized medicine. Learn about some of our imaging equipment:

CT Scanners
PET/CT Scanner
MRI Scanner
Nuclear Medicine Cameras
Dexa Bone Density Scanner
General X-ray
Fluoroscopic Unit
Mobile C-arms


 

 

CT Scanners

CT (computerized tomography) uses X-rays and a computer to create images of bones, blood vessels and internal organs and allows physicians to see organs and soft tissue in greater detail than a standard X-ray. CT is used for detecting a variety of conditions and is widely considered the gold standard in detecting lung abnormalities. All examinations are performed with the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient, which is a growing concern on radiation exposure.

Siemens Somatom Definition Dual Source 64 slice

Benefits:

  • Cardiac Imaging - This scanner has two X-ray tubes that simultaneously revolve around the patient's body thus reducing scan time considerably. This makes it possible for physicians to reliably image the heart including those patients with a faster heartrate. 
  • Enhanced Imaging Quality - The key differentiating factor is the use of two X-ray sources at the same time. This ensures double the speed at twice the power.

Siemens Definition AS+ 128 Slice

Benefits:

  • Reduced Scan Time - With its 128 slices/per rotation, this scanner has a high rotation speed of 300 milliseconds. Because of the high number of detectors, the scanner can acquire more images in a shorter period of time thus reducing the chance of blurriness due to patient movement.
  • CTAs- Capable of performing CT angiography in just 4 seconds
  • RealTime Fluoroscopy - Can be used for performing fluoroscopy guided biopsies.
  • Bariatric Imaging - This scanner also has a high capacity table for scanning heavier patients up to 600 lbs.

 

 

PET/CT Scanner

Siemens Biograph 40 Slice PET/CT Scanner

This is a CT scan fused with the PET(positron emission tomography) scan. The CT looks at anatomy within the body. The PET scan detects metabolic activity or abnormal uptake within a tumor, infection or sarcoid. A PET scan combined with a CT scan shows detailed images and functioning tissue within the body.

Benefits:

  • Enhanced Image Quality - It can provide high resolution, distortion-free images throughout the entire field of view. This improved resolution enables physicians to clearly visualize small lesions, from the center to the edges—a revolutionary benefit unique to Siemens' HD-PET technology.
  • Reduced Scan Time - Four ring technology allows for faster acquisition.
  • Reduced Radiation Dose - This scanner uses the same care-dose package found on the Definition scanners to minimize radiation dose.

 

MRI Scanner

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnet and radio transmitter to take images of internal structures such as the brain, spine, abdomen, heart, joints and blood vessels (MR Angiogram). It does this by interacting and detecting the signals from hydrogen atoms in the body. 

Siemens Magnetom Avanto 1.5 Tesla MRI Scanner

Benefits:

  • Improved Patient Comfort - This scanner is based on a new magnet design with a 60-cm wide ultra-short bore. This is wider and shorter than previously available and along with the unique setting of a full wall of windows, allows for a more comfortable scan for the claustrophobic patient. Acoustic noise has also been reduced by 30 decibels with the new innovative AudioComfort. 
  • Enhanced Image Quality and Improved Speed - What makes the Avanto unique is the total imaging matrix technology (Tim) with 18 RF channels. Around the world, Tim has become the new standard in MRI, producing "pristine image quality" and acquisition speeds that break new records. 
  • Cardiac Imaging - This scanner uses ultrafast techniques to perform cardiovascular imaging of the highest quality, which is not available on most MRI scanners. A cardiac MRI is used to evaluate the structure and function of the heart, valves and major blood vessels.

 

Nuclear Medicine Cameras

Siemens c.cam Nuclear Heart Gamma Camera

This is used for myocardial perfusion imaging. This shows the blood flow to the myocardium with the heart at rest and stress. Comparison scanning is done to compare blood flow patterns in the coronary arteries. This will show normal blood flow, ischemia and scarring (myocardial infarction) in the left ventricle. It also shows wall motion and ejection fraction of the left ventricle. Ejection fraction is the amount of blood pumped out of the heart during 1 heart beat.

Benefits:

  • Reduced Scan Time - Having a dedicated camera allows for dual detectors that are optimally placed for faster acquisition and accuracy. 
  • Enhanced Image Quality - The c.cam's unique capabilities provide cardiologists and radiologists with increased diagnostic confidence, and the system's fully integrated software allows analysis of ejection fraction and wall motion. 
  • Improved Patient Comfort- Unique to the c.cam system is a reclining chair, so patients can sit back comfortably throughout the imaging procedure, decreasing the likelihood a patient will fidget or move. This improves diagnostic image quality. The reclining chair also provides easier access for patients with mobility challenges and increased comfort for those with arthritis or other painful conditions.

GE Millennium Nuclear Gamma Camera

General Nuclear Medicine studies are performed on this camera. These studies include: ventilation/perfusion lung scans, hepatobiliary studies (HIDA), resting gated blood pool studies (MUGA), bone scans, gastric emptying studies and myocardial perfusion imaging.


 

Dexa Bone Density Scanner

This is used for detecting osteoporosis, which is a lack of bone density that makes people more susceptible to fractures. 

GE Lunar DXA

Benefits:

  • Thorough Bone Density Studies - The unit provides for full capability of performing complete bone density studies on the forearm, lumbar spine and proximal femur as well as vertebral assessments and body composition (i.e. % fat vs. % muscle).

 

General X-Ray

This includes a wide variety of X-rays: chest, abdomen, hands, legs, feet, spine etc. It is a general X-ray that is usually the first test done for determining any fractures, abdominal issues, pneumonia etc. An  X-ray may indicate more advanced testing is needed such as Ultrasound, MR, CT etc.

GE Digital General X-ray

Benefits:

  • Enhanced Image Quality - Due to the direct capture digital technology, both rooms provide high quality general radiographic images.

Portable Radiography

Use: This is used to take portable chest X-rays on patients whose conditions do not allow them to be taken to an X-ray room.

  • Improved Physician Access - High-quality digital images are produced and can be viewed on a computer screen by the radiologists and referring physicians.

 

Fluoroscopic Unit

GE Legacy General Fluoroscopic Unit/Siemans Arcadis Mobile Cam

Use: Fluoroscopy is used to detect gastric reflux, aspiration, ulcers, bowel obstructions and many more conditions.

Benefits:

  • Optimal Performance - These units provide quality fluoroscopic studies and TIMS digital video recording systems used for dynamic studies such as Modified Swallows.

 

Mobile C-Arms

Siemens Arcadis Mobile C-arm and GE/OEC 9800 Mobile C-arm

Use: This assists physicians in the Minimally Invasive Diagnostic Center (MIDC) in manipulating the fiberoptic probe in the correct location to get a biopsy during a bronchoscopy.

Benefits:

  • Improved Field of View - These units have full mobile c-arm capability, so it can manipulate the fluoroscopy in several different positions so the patient does not have to move.
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