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Computed Tomography (CT) scanners are often the first imaging technology many patients encounter when doctors suspect serious disease or injury. The machines use a narrow beam of X-rays processed by a computer to create slices of the body and assemble them into detailed 3D images.

In 2013, GE introduced a new, superfast scanner called Revolution CT that allowed doctors to routinely obtain clear images of the beating heart, lungs, liver and other organs.


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The pictures, the resolution, and the detail are AMAZING. Yes please!
 
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Another reason why I am going into the medical field! Go science!
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Incredible.
    
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Of course knowing this country (U.S.) the price for a scan will be 10k so it's limited to the rich and no insurance policy will cover it. I'm sure that's the catch. It probably costs 20 dollars to do it and the setup for the machine is probably less than some of our folding builds.
 
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Of course knowing this country (U.S.) the price for a scan will be 10k so it's limited to the rich and no insurance policy will cover it. I'm sure that's the catch. It probably costs 20 dollars to do it and the setup for the machine is probably less than some of our folding builds.

Unfortunately this is the sad truth. GE will charge millions to buy this machine and hospitals will have to overcharge patients or their insurance company to repay. Same thing with the DaVinci surgical robot machines. As a 3rd year medical student I've seen the hardship put on patients when they realize how much a scan can cost. There is also a lot of GE advertising in there "Local doctors said they were able to diagnose even the most challenging cardiac patients with erratic or high heartbeats" uhh.. tachycardia can be diagnosed for free by taking a pulse.
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Unfortunately this is the sad truth. GE will charge millions to buy this machine and hospitals will have to overcharge patients or their insurance company to repay. Same thing with the DaVinci surgical robot machines. As a 3rd year medical student I've seen the hardship put on patients when they realize how much a scan can cost. There is also a lot of GE advertising in there "Local doctors said they were able to diagnose even the most challenging cardiac patients with erratic or high heartbeats" uhh.. tachycardia can be diagnosed for free by taking a pulse.

I'm a Radiologic Technologist registered in Computed Tomography (I perform CAT scans).

Like any other technology, CT scanners become faster and require less dose every year. This scanner is just a continuation of that trend. Hospitals periodically replace obsolete scanners and eventually this technology will be the norm, until it too is replaced by the next generation of scanners.
However, the 3D imaging shown in the article has been available on scanners for many years now.

The comment about tachycardia is clearly a reference to CT Coronary Angiography: a newer exam that allows imaging of the coronary arteries without the need for an invasive Coronary Angiogram. A shorter rotation time allows the imaging of patients with higher heart rates, reducing the need to medicate patients to reduce their heart rates.
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I'm a Radiologic Technologist registered in Computed Tomography (I perform CAT scans).

Like any other technology, CT scanners become faster and require less dose every year. This scanner is just a continuation of that trend. Hospitals periodically replace obsolete scanners and eventually this technology will be the norm, until it too is replaced by the next generation of scanners.
However, the 3D imaging shown in the article has been available on scanners for many years now.

The comment about tachycardia is clearly a reference to CT Coronary Angiography: a newer exam that allows imaging of the coronary arteries without the need for an invasive Coronary Angiogram. A shorter rotation time allows the imaging of patients with higher heart rates, reducing the need to medicate patients to reduce their heart rates.

The reason to obtain visualization of the coronary arteries is mostly to check for either stenosis or complete occlusion both of which can be seen at a resting heart rate. In fact you don't even treat angina unless it is unstable meaning chest pain without exertion and while at rest. Meaning giving say a beta blocker to someone with an acute MI then scanning them should elicit the same result as one undergoing a scan while acutely tachycardic . CT scans today are very quick as is as you know. This technology is great don't get me wrong what bugged me was the overly sentimentalization done by GE.
    
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Cool I can't wait for my insurance to tell me no we can't use this.
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I'm a Radiologic Technologist registered in Computed Tomography (I perform CAT scans).

Like any other technology, CT scanners become faster and require less dose every year. This scanner is just a continuation of that trend. Hospitals periodically replace obsolete scanners and eventually this technology will be the norm, until it too is replaced by the next generation of scanners.
However, the 3D imaging shown in the article has been available on scanners for many years now.

The comment about tachycardia is clearly a reference to CT Coronary Angiography: a newer exam that allows imaging of the coronary arteries without the need for an invasive Coronary Angiogram. A shorter rotation time allows the imaging of patients with higher heart rates, reducing the need to medicate patients to reduce their heart rates.



thanks for the insight. I had no idea.
 
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they price it so high because they can.
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