A new 128-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner from Siemens used for radiological diagnosis has been installed at Nakasero Hospital, Kampala.
This machine has the ability to quickly and non-invasively spot small tumors, in a check on the lungs for example, or plaque in the case of cardiovascular disease.
Its quick mechanism has made it a preferred option for diagnosis by an increasing number of physicians.
According to a post by Nakasero hospital, this 128-Slice CT scanner is the latest generation in a line of CT scanners and is revolutionizing non-invasive diagnosis.
“This machine can scan the whole body in seconds and provide incredibly sharp 3D images of any organ.”
It is currently one of the most important methods of radiological diagnosis.
“It delivers non-superimposed, cross-sectional images of the body, which can show smaller contrast differences than conventional X-ray images. This allows better visualization of specific differently structured soft-tissue regions, for example, which could otherwise not be visualized satisfactorily.”
This machine has the capacity to study the beating heart and provide the first clear non-invasive images of the heart and its major vessels. The scans can also be timed to use only images gathered between contractions, so that the heart and its vessels can be seen without the blurring caused by motion.
The 128-Slice CT-Scanner can also used for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The speed and precision of this scanner not only improves the image quality, but also allows us to look at dynamic processes.
“Instead of just monitoring changes in tumor size, we can watch the perfusion of a contrast agent as it moves toward, around and through a tumor. This can provide an early view of how a patient is responding to therapy.”
This scan equipment can detect common heart attack systems, including warning signs, chest discomfort, upper body pain, stomach pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, light headedness, sweating, nausea and vomiting, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon and rectal cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.