IM­PROVED IMAG­ING

201 Health - - Radiology -

In ad­di­tion to im­proved imag­ing, the lat­est in di­ag­nos­tic tech­nol­ogy pro­vides sur­geons the abil­ity to in­te­grate high-res­o­lu­tion images into a sim­u­la­tor to cre­ate three-di­men­sional lay­outs of a par­tic­u­lar con­di­tion, such as an aneurysm.

“We can sim­u­late our pro­ce­dure ahead of time us­ing CT-based soft­ware be­fore we ever even touch the pa­tient,” Rund­back says. “We ul­ti­mately op­ti­mize our se­lec­tion of de­vices and de­velop an even more pre­cise treat­ment plan, and all while en­hanc­ing the level of safety and im­prov­ing the out­comes for our pa­tient.”

Rund­back notes that Cone Beam CT al­lows sur­geons to treat tu­mors in a much more tar­geted and se­lec­tive way, and has im­proved the re­sults from pro­ce­dures such as an­gio­plasty.

“The ad­vances in nu­clear medicine have also been rev­o­lu­tion­ary,” he adds.

Ra­di­ol­o­gists can also use a SPECT scan­ner to take two dif­fer­ent types of scans and fuse the images to­gether to pro­vide more pre­cise in­for­ma­tion about how dif­fer­ent parts of the body func­tion, al­low­ing the more con­clu­sive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of con­di­tions such as Alzheimer’s dis­ease or iden­ti­fy­ing the devel­op­ment of a tu­mor.

“Part of the prob­lem we al­ways had was know­ing whether or not we were pre­cisely de­liv­er­ing the beams into a tu­mor with the level of ra­di­a­tion that would prove most ef­fec­tive,” Rund­back says, “but with the use of Cone Beam and SPECT, we can bet­ter en­sure the ideal lo­cal­iza­tion of treat­ment and im­prove tu­mor re­sponse.”

Mean­while, lo­cal hos­pi­tals are work­ing with man­u­fac­tur­ing part­ners to make strides in re­duc­ing the amount of ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure for pa­tients, and the tech­nol­ogy has con­tin­ued to im­prove with smaller dosages of ra­di­a­tion.

“The anx­i­ety peo­ple once had about di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing is prob­a­bly no longer much of a con­cern,” Pierce says. Doc­tors now have ac­cess to high-res­o­lu­tion images with ma­chines, in­clud­ing CT scan, MRI and PET scan, al­low­ing for bet­ter de­tec­tion of hard-to-de­tect con­di­tions.

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