Technology | February 05, 2008

New 256-Slice CT Scans Heart in Two Beats

The new 256-slice Brilliance iCT scanner by Philips provides 8 centimeters of coverage to capture the entire heart in two scans with a rotation speed of 0.27 seconds with 120 kw of power.
The Brilliance iCT scanner is four times more powerful than a 64-slice CT and is designed to produce high-quality images with exceptional acquisition speed, complete coverage of the heart and brain, while reportedly reducing radiation doses by up to 80 percent.
Brilliance iCT features Philips Essence technology, consisting of new X-ray tubes, detectors and reconstruction design elements. This technology can provide detailed and clear 3D images of an entire organ, including the heart and brain and can also show changes over time. All images, according to the manufacturer, are accessible enterprisewide or remotely, to make it easier for the whole team to share information. To date, more than 30 CT systems with Essence technology have been shipped.

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