RADIOLOGY - BOOT RANCH INSTALLS WORLD’S
FASTEST AND MOST ADVANCED CT SYSTEM
Time Drops From 30 Minutes To Seconds
Harbor, FL – April 2, 2004 – Rose Radiology - Boot Ranch
has joined an elite handful of U.S. hospitals by installing the
world’s fastest, most powerful computed tomography (CT) system
– the AquilionTM from Toshiba America Medical Systems.
like chest exams, which used to take 20-30 minutes to perform, can
now be completed in just 10 seconds at Rose Radiology - Boot Ranch.
Not only is a speedy CT scan (also called a CAT scan) less taxing
on patients, Rose Radiology - Boot Ranch expects to greatly increase
its exam capacity – which means more patients can be treated
of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties now have access to the best
CT system available today,” said Manuel Rose, MD, the Medical
Director of Rose Radiology. “For patients with blood clots,
infections, and diseases like cancer, early diagnosis with the Aquilion
can result in faster, more effective diagnosis and treatment.”
While CT uses X-ray technology, it is distinguished from other imaging
tools like traditional X-ray and MRI by its ability to display a
combination of soft tissue (like muscles, tissue, organs and fat),
bones and blood vessels all in a single image. Radiologists perform
CT scans to diagnose kidney, lung, liver, spine, and blood diseases,
cancer, tumors, and cysts, as well as blood clots, hemorrhages and
During a CT exam, a patient lies on a table and is slowly moved
into the large donut-shaped opening of the scanner. Once inside,
a series of X-ray beams create hundreds of cross-sectional pictures
that represent slices of the patient’s body. Seconds later,
the system’s computer assembles the slices into three-dimensional
images that are interpreted by a radiologist.
The Aquilion can acquire more of those anatomical slices than any
other system, thanks to a new technology called multi-slice imaging.
In fact, the Aquilion is so fast that it can rotate around a patient’s
body in only half a second. At that speed, this CT creates a gravitational
force of 13 G’s – four times the force of the Space
Shuttle during lift off. But the only sensation the patient experiences
is the ticking of the machine.
a result, Toshiba’s multi-slice technology is among the first
that is quick enough to capture images of the body’s rapidly
moving organs like the heart, which appear blurry when scanned by
traditional CTs. Multi-slice imaging also is especially useful for
examining patients who are unable to hold their breath, like trauma
victims, acutely ill patients and young children.
Radiology provides a full range of comprehensive imaging services
to the residents of Tampa Bay.
Radiology can now say that we have the most sophisticated and advanced
CT available in Florida.