Hospiten Rambla incorporates the most advanced Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) equipment in the Canary Islands that reduces exploration time and improves diagnostic imaging

Thursday 21 December 2017

The hospital’s new equipment reduces the exposure of the patient to radiation by 40%, with improved quality of image and detail, facilitating a more precise diagnosis.

The healthcare group is the first in the Canary Islands to apply such advanced medical technology to perform CT scans.

Hospiten Rambla has acquired state-of-the-art equipment that improves the efficiency of CT scanning (Computerized Axial Tomography) or diagnostic imaging tests and reduces the time required to explore the patient.

It is the first equipment of its kind in the Canary Islands. Its acquisition places the islands at the forefront in the use of this type of medical technology, which represents a number of advantages for the patient, and with which much more complex studies can be carried out, such as those indicated in cardiology, neurology or oncology.

Specifically, the new 80-detector row, or slice, equipment, with an advanced imaging system, computing and high-speed data analysis, allows images of certain parts of the body in very fine slices by applying thin x-ray beams, shortening radiation exposure times for the patient.

In this sense, the healthcare group explains that the material used in the high-efficiency detectors reduces patient radiation exposure by 40%, without compromising the quality of images obtained, nor diagnostic capacity.

In addition, the new technology allows a more rigorous and precise examination than would be obtained with less innovative equipment by permitting slices of 0.5mm thick, with which distortion-free visualization of very small anatomical structures is possible.

These developments, along with other features of the equipment, allow for very low-dose CT scans, making screening possible without risk for the patient and with greater quality and detail.

The new system makes it possible to carry out studied on patients with metal prostheses without compromising the quality of the image. It also means that a wider spectrum of patients can scanned, including those who, due to their weight or height, could not be attended in comparable conditions to other patients when using the previous equipment. Even emergency patients, who may be intubated or on a drip, can be submitted to diagnostic scans.

The new carbon fiber CT bed can support weights of up to 205 kilos and can be lowered almost to floor level to facilitate placing the patient in the right position, making the work of technicians in the radiodiagnostics department easier. 

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