Full-Body Mobile CT Provides Enhanced Functionality
By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 08 Aug 2017
Image: The BodyTom Elite advanced portable CT scanner (Photo courtesy of Samsung NeuroLogica).
A newly upgraded 32-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner offers superior image quality and advanced features.
The Samsung NeuroLogica (Danvers, MA, USA) BodyTom Elite is a self-shielded, multi-departmental imaging solution that can transform any room into an advanced imaging suite. The system can accommodate patients of all sizes, offering a combination of rapid scan time, flexible settings, and immediate image viewing. The system includes four key features for optimization of radiation dose delivery: dose structured reporting, CT dose check, automatic exposure control (AEC), and pediatric and adult reference protocols.
System software features include intuitive customization, such as the ability to change the slice width and gap, oblique the dataset, and render maximum intensity projection, minimum intensity projection, and mean value projection; 30 new custom kernels that enable the technologist to choose sharpness, tissue contrast, and smoothing for each scan type; a metal artifact reduction (MAR) feature to improve metal implants and trauma cases; and the aforementioned AEC, which minimizes the amount of radiation by factoring in the thickness and density of a patient.
Additional features include low dose lung cancer screening (under 3mGy) to detect abnormalities; contrast capability, which allows use of CT angiography and perfusion imaging utilizing bolus tracking and manual start; linear and step calibration for navigation accuracy during axial and helical scanning; a step correction feature that automatically adjusts for slight movements; a lift system that reduces setup time, aligns with tables easier, and allows for faster transition to scanning, and a translate system that reduces vibrations.
“We reengineered the BodyTom Elite so that it more seamlessly integrates into any OR, neurosurgery, radiation oncology or radiology suite, and provides a more accurate, sharper image,” said Philip Sullivan, CEO of Samsung NeuroLogica. “From top to bottom, the BodyTom Elite is designed to empower our customers to capture the absolute best imaging information from their patients.”
“We run a very busy department and depend on our equipment to deliver the highest quality results possible with ease to the patient. The Samsung BodyTom Elite does all the above and more allowing for safe, precise, and effective treatment,” said Michael Woodruff, director of medical imaging at John Muir Health (Walnut Creek, CA, USA). “The state-of-the-art BodyTom Elite features advanced technology including intuitive ergonomics, whisper-quiet portability, and exceptional image quality only to improve our department’s efficiency and patient comfort.”