Mr Allerton said one patient had a repeat chest scan for a pulmonary nodule at 12 months and with the Optima CT660, there was an 88% dose reduction (655.2mg.cm to 78.77mg.cm). According to Mr Allerton, feedback from hospital doctors and local GPs indicated that they preferred to refer patients for lower dose CT imaging.
“Referring doctors have greater peace of mind being able to refer people for a scan, knowing that they can still get a quality image without the higher dose necessary on our previous scanner. They like to know that we’re doing the right thing by their patients when they refer people to our clinic.”
With its compact footprint and modular design, the Optima CT660 is smaller than the clinic’s previous scanner, taking up less space in the scanning room, freeing up valuable working room and enabling the clinic staff to better meet the needs of their patients.
The scanner also has scalability from 64 to 128 slices, enabling clinics to manage growth based on their clinical and business needs.
As the latest-generation scanner, the Optima CT660 takes CT scanning capabilities to a whole new level and will enable the PRC Armadale site to easily expand its use to advanced applications in cardiovascular, oncology, neurology, angiography and other fields, in the future if required.
“With its reduced rotation time, the Optima CT660 provides a faster scan and helps the clinic better manage its patient workflow. Abdominal and chest scans can be completed in approximately 3 to 10 seconds whereas previously, scan times for each was about 20 seconds.”
The clinic uses the scanner’s Xtream Display, which is a 12-inch colour monitor mounted at the top of the gantry. It can be used to display animated videos explaining to patients how a CT exam works, show relaxing scenes to calm paediatric patients or highlight personalised patient information to improve patient safety.
The Optima CT660 has an ergonomic design with new convenience features such as automatic patient positioning capability. This helps reduce the time involved for staff to manually position patients on the table – typically, one of the most time-consuming tasks involved in the exams.
Reduced Energy Consumption
It is also among the world’s most energy efficient CT systems, using up to 60% less energy consumption than legacy scanners. GE’s Optima CT660 is the first CT system that is both ecomagination and healthymagination certified. These two global initiatives are aimed at transforming healthcare delivery through innovation, partnerships and sustainability.
The Optima CT660 is the ideal scanner for virtually any radiology department seeking eco-friendly, low power consumption, patient comfort, fast workflow and low-dose scanning capability while delivering quality diagnostic images.