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Medical Imaging


Setting neW STANDARDS IN CT IMAGING


The latest medical imaging technologies are facilitating improved image quality and consistency, enabling earlier diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of a variety of diseases. At the same time, medical practitioners around the world are focused on achieving significant dose reduction through the use of advanced CT technology that benefits the patient without compromising image quality.


T


he global medical diagnostics industry has seen some remark- able transformations in recent


times, fueled by the adoption of new medical imaging technologies that have vastly improved the quality, effi- ciency and reliability of patient care. Indeed, the increased focus on


delivering quality patient care has led to the adoption of more sophisti- cated and patient-focused computed tomography (CT) solutions in order to keep up with increasingly-detailed medical visualization demands. Since its inception, CT imaging


has been widely adopted in various clinical applications as an advanced imaging tool that can help healthcare professionals accurately diagnose diseases and detect life-threatening illnesses. In fact, a recent report by Global Industry Analysts estimates that the global installed base of CT scanners will reach 60,000 units by 2015.1


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The emergence of high definition


(HD) CT imaging capabilities has the potential to allow physicians to “see” with greater clarity — allowing for more confident diagnosis for tasks such as analyzing small or hard-to- locate masses and lesions. At the same time, radiation dose


management in diagnostic imaging — including CT — continues to be a key concern in the medical community as physicians adhere to the “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) principle of dose management. Over the next few years, cutting-


edge advances in CT imaging hold the potential to improve anatomical visu- alization during routine imaging by way of unprecedented image quality and new possibilities for dose reduc- tion.


CT imaging breakthroughs help optimize dose Managing medical radiation dose


is important for all patients but especially children, women who are or may become pregnant, and patients who require follow-up examinations and monitoring. For their part, both government bodies and the global healthcare industry have stepped up efforts to better manage and encourage low dose CT imaging where possible. For exam- ple, in November 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administra- tion launched an initiative to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from medical imaging2


— an effort


also considered by similar organiza- tions across the globe. So while advanced CT technology


has long held the promise of provid- ing exceptional clarity for accurate diagnostic imaging, the challenge remains: how to achieve significant dose reduction that benefits the patient without compromising image quality.


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