Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Introduces Illinois' First Dual-Source CT
Lake Forest Hospital January 25, 2007
Siemen’s SOMATOM Definition CT captures detailed images at much higher speeds, greatly improving diagnostic capabilities while reducing radiation to the patient
LAKE FOREST, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has launched the region’s first SOMATOM Definition CT, a state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) technology manufactured by Siemen’s Medical Solutions that is revolutionizing diagnostic capabilities. This next generation CT system incorporates two x-ray sources and two detectors, enabling physicians to freeze-frame nearly any beating heart with unmatched detail and clarity, without the need for beta blockers that are often used to slow the heart to avoid blurred single-source CT images.
“We are extremely proud that Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is the first hospital in Illinois to deliver this outstanding technology to its patients,” said Dr. Ahmed Farag, vice chairman of the Department of Radiology at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.
“The SOMATOM Definition dual-source CT scanner enables us to evaluate anatomic details in the heart and other organ systems faster, with greater ease and precision, and with less radiation exposure to our patients than with single-source CT systems.”
Although the Definition uses two x-ray sources and offers twice the imaging power, its speed of resolution significantly reduces the time needed to obtain a diagnostic image and thereby lowers radiation levels to patients by as much as 50 percent. In addition, Siemens’ dose modulation software further minimizes the radiation necessary to conduct diagnostic imaging examinations.
“Another advantage of the SOMATOM Definition’s size and power is its ability to examine obese patients (30 percent of the U.S. population) who may not fit comfortably in traditional CT scanners and who present difficulties in obtaining richly detailed images,” added Dr. Farag. “Simply put, this is a wonderful enhancement to our diagnostic capabilities and a tremendous advancement in medical care for our patients!”