for Faster, Better Care
Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) offers an innovative way for physicians to obtain the information they need to diagnose disease and life threatening illness, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and chest pain. VCT scanning is the latest innovation in computed tomography (CT) technology. VCT captures images of the heart in just five heartbeats, and other organs in only a second, turning them into 3-D views that doctors can use to decide the best course of treatment. With faster, more accurate scanning techniques, physicians are able to view clearer, sharper images, thus allowing them to review the case within five to ten minutes and make an accurate diagnosis. (more)
The GE LightSpeed® VCT XTe ushers in the next generation of CT imaging by offering low dose, game-changing clinical applications in neurology, cardiology and trauma. The LightSpeed VCT XTe creates high-resolution anatomical images that form a three-dimensional view of a patient’s anatomy, breaking barriers in speed and accuracy in diagnostic capabilities.
The newest scanner available can be used for a variety of procedures, including cancer care, stroke workup, and kidney and liver exams, but the LightSpeed VCT XTe is most beneficial for the field of cardiac imaging.
This new technology can capture images of the entire heart in just five heartbeats, along with the ability to decipher between aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, and coronary artery disease, the three major causes of mortality in patients with chest pain. In addition to the new diagnostic power in cardiac cases, the LightSpeed VCT XTe offers the speed and resolution needed for immediate imaging of blood vessels following a stroke.
GE’s new LightSpeed VCT XTe is built with a 64-channel design, which increases the high-resolution volume coverage incredibly when compared to the traditional 16-slice detector. The slices produced by the VCT scanner are .5 millimeters thick, and the key to a successful diagnosis is to make the slices as thin as possible in order to achieve the highest resolution. “The technology leap with VCT is huge. This is cardiology’s first foray into looking at arteries in this way. The ‘V’ emphasizes the concept that you’re looking at true volume, a 3D image with width, depth, and height,” says Charles Primiano, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Hartford Hospital.