Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Imaging
A Quantum Advance in CT Imaging
Bear Lake Memorial Hospital is proud to offer the speed and precision of the Aquilion™ 16, manufactured by Toshiba America Medical Systems. Bear Lake Memorial Hospital has joined a handful of elite facilities that are allowing the Aquilion 16’s superior speed to cut the average CT exam time by more than 50 percent from conventional scanners. The Aquilion 16 represents a quantum leap in imaging, with precise isotropic resolution that delivers unprecedented power, flexibility, and diagnostic possibilities unavailable in comparable scanners. This system is the only one that delivers 0.5-mm slice thickness across all 16 slices.
The Aquilion™ 16 is also more attractive for patients in that it is:
- Safer (Less Radiation)
- More Comfortable
- State of the Art
- More Efficient
- Higher Resolution Images
- Has No Additional Cost to Patient
A quantum advance in CT imaging of bones, organs, and internal bleeding—The Aquilion 16 provides clearer 3-D pictures of anatomical structures like aneurysms and tumors, as well as detecting infections. The ability to see lesions, including cancerous tumors, is dramatically increased due by the scanner’s extraordinary resolution. This multi-slice technology is quick enough to capture detailed images of the body’s moving internal organs, which appear blurry when scanned by conventional CTs. Multi-slice imaging is also especially useful for examining patients, who are unable to hold their breath, like trauma victims, acutely ill patients, and young children. The 16-slice can visualize a much larger area of the body in one patient breath hold, and store it as continuous information. This is beneficial, because physicians can retrospectively take a slice of data from any area to make a better diagnosis.
Medical Imaging today is as varied and as breathtaking as the new technologies that drive it. In the past twenty years, medical science has developed methods of viewing and measuring structures in the body that simply have evaded detection until now. We can also examine in detail internal organs that previously would have required a physician to surgically expose those same organs.
Bear Lake Memorial Hospital produces state-of-the-art imaging, with incomparably high quality studies and virtually immediate turn-around. Whether the exam is performed on MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, or Radiography, the patient and physician can count on fast and accurate results. Our technology offers the touchstone in imaging.
But it isn’t just technology that defines the best studies. The machine is only as good as the technologist running it. At BLMH, we are extremely proud of our medical professionals who treat each patient as more than just an exam. They understand that each patient is intimately involved in his or her own life, a life being interrupted by a medical problem. Our people also know that the patient’s optimal recovery rests in the intently applied skills of the technologist to produce the best possible study. It’s that personal concern for each patient that sets Bear Lake Memorial Imaging Department apart from others.
Computerized Axial Tomography—CAT or CT
Bear Lake Memorial Hospital offers patients the most comfortable CT experience. The Toshiba Aquilion 16-slice scanner has the largest bore, the donut hole the patient goes into, and the widest exam table available in this region. This CT scanner can complete studies that used to take minutes on other scanners in seconds with its superior speed and processing ability. Because of that speed, we can do studies that were not possible before.
Another important advantage to Bear Lake Memorials scanner is the slice thickness. Each time the ring within the gantry makes one revolution, which takes half a second, the machine shoots 16 images at a thickness of half a millimeter. With the capacity to image a larger portion of the body on a single rotation than other scanners, we are able to cover greater areas of the body than was the case before. Toshiba’s special software analyzes each x-ray emission to keep the amount of radiation to the least possible for the best image acquisition possible. And this means less radiation to the patient.
While MRI specializes in imaging soft tissue, CT specializes in harder tissue, such as bone. Both modalities, with the developments in recent years, do a remarkable job on both soft and hard tissue. Doctors will often call radiologists, those physicians who specialize in reading imaging studies, to receive guidance on which modality is the most appropriate for what information the doctor wants to gain for his or her patient.
CT uses conventional x-rays to produce its images. The patient lies on an exam table, which is positioned within a large ring called the gantry. As the detector ring within the gantry spins one revolution each half second, 16 tiny but powerful x-ray tubes fire energy through the body to 16 image detectors which receive the information. These data are then relayed to a computer, which builds the cross-sectional images of the body.
Ultra high frequency sound waves can explore the inner workings of the body, and that’s just what Ultrasound does. Sound waves are channeled into the body and reflect back from various types and densities of tissue. Those reflections then create images of tissues at different levels.
Ultrasonographers, as the techs are called, can assess specific organs and blood vessels for any abnormalities. The final diagnostic evaluation, of course, is performed by a radiologist. In the case of obstetric ultrasound, they are not only looking for abnormalities, but also at the developing fetus inside mom. Ultrasound is, for the most part, noninvasive and quite comfortable. It also does not use ionizing radiation as x-ray does, and is considered very safe.
Radiography and Fluoroscopy
Radiography simply refers to any use of x-rays. X-Rays have been used clinically since the 1920s to look within the body, usually at bone problems. Today’s x-ray units are far more sensitive and use far less radiation. While still used to assess bone abnormalities or injuries, x-rays also can render detailed images of connective tissue like tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscle, as well as some internal organs. Bear Lake Memorial is all Digital which means on films. This makes it faster for the image and for your reading by our Radiologist.
Fluoroscopy uses x-rays also, and can display internal exams in realtime. If a doctor has to insert a needle for a biopsy or to deliver medication to a specific spot in the body, he or she will often employ fluoroscopy to see exactly where the needle is going. For certain types of intestinal tract studies, patients may be required to swallow an opaque contrast agent so the doctor can follow the agent through the patient’s body.