64-Slice CT Scanner
Hurley is the first hospital in Genesee County to have an advanced,
highly accurate CT scanner
Hurley Medical Center was the first hospital in Genesee County to acquire a Siemens SOMATOM Sensation 64-slice CT scanner, part of a new generation of multi-slice scanners that bring dramatically higher speeds and resolution to CT imaging.
For patients, this new machine provides swift, accurate and painless procedures. Its exceptional image quality means better diagnosis, faster recovery time and increased patient comfort and convenience.
There are many important advantages of this new technology:
- Shorter exam times
- Single, shorter breath-hold scanning (an advantage for children)
- More rapid results
- Safe, cost-effective alternative to invasive diagnostic procedures
Scans now take half as long
Our 64-slice CT scanner decreases scan time for patients by as much as 50 percent. It can provide an immediate diagnosis for chest pain in a single 20-second scan, and produces other precise diagnostic pictures within five to ten seconds. This leading-edge technology is housed within Hurley’s Emergency Department where—when seconds count—it can better serve our emergency and trauma patients.
More precise scans of the heart to find problems
This new technology also provides additional scanning techniques, including CT angiography of the heart. The Siemens scanner is able to take 192 images per second of the heart. These images are of such superior resolution that even the smallest coronary arteries can be viewed to detect blockages that can lead to a heart attack. The scanner can also be used for other cardiopulmonary conditions, such as identifying narrowed brain arteries that put patients at risk of having a stroke, and in helping rule out certain life-threatening conditions such as aortic dissections and pulmonary embolisms.
Improved brain, lung and colon imaging
Other procedures that take advantage of the advanced CT scanning technology include brain perfusion imaging, high-resolution lung nodule imaging, and CT colonography, which provides information on the internal structure of the colon during the initial screening and diagnosis of colon scanner.