Aspirus Imaging

64-Slice VCT Scanner

Aspirus is the first hospital in the area to offer this advanced CT imaging system from GI Healthcare that greatly improves the information doctors need to treat life-threatening illnesses such as stroke chest pain and trauma.

The 64-slice Lightspeed VCT (Volume Computed Tomography) scanner, offers state-of-the art technology allowing the radiologist to obtain high quality images in less than 10 seconds for a much more comfortable patient experience. This speed is especially helpful in shortening breath holds for geriatric patients, patients who are on ventilators and pediatric patients. The VCT can capture images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, an organ in a second and perform whole body trauma in 10 seconds, more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners. And it does so without sacrificing clarity—its sub-millimeter resolution offers spectacular views of arteries and veins.

The computer image from 64-slice CT scan allows healthcare professionals to shade, rotate, correlate and measure different slices of the image. From a 64-slice CT scan, doctors can determine each layer and often any abnormalities within it—making it much clearer than a regular X-ray.

The following innovative procedures can be performed on the new Lightspeed VCT

5-Beat Cardiac™ - Images of the whole heart and coronary arteries can be captured in just five heartbeats – providing clearer images of cardiovascular anatomy and a shorter breath hold for sick and elderly patients.

Triple RuleOut™ - Three primary causes of mortality in patients with chest pain are aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and coronary artery disease. The Lightspeed VCT provides a tool to help rule out (or in) these three individual causes of patient’s chest pain through a single quick scan.

Stroke Work-Up - Once a stroke occurs, it is commonly believed that treatment must be delivered within an hour or less to ensure the best outcome for the patient. The LightSpeed VCT offers the speed and resolution required for rapid imaging of blood vessels in the brain. This enables physicians to make a quick diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment while reducing the number of exams a patient may need to undergo.

Other Typical VCT Procedures Include:

  • Cardiac and coronary vessel CT angiography
  • Early detection of coronary artery calcification
  • Diagnosis of chest pain symptoms
  • Pulmonary emboli
  • Pediatric assessment
  • Lung exams
  • Stroke workup