Wesley’s Discovery CT750 HD scanner offers the world’s best high-definition, low-dose CT technology. The 128-slice imaging creates sharper, more detailed images and reduces the radiation dose by 83 percent on cardiac scans and 50 percent across the rest of the body, compared to predecessor CT system. This low dosage makes it ideal for pediatric patients.
The scanner’s Gemstone technology delivers a high-definition cardiac image which allows physicians to detect heart disease using non-invasive procedures. Enhanced pictures of the coronary arteries and the opportunity to look at each section of the heart individually can help identify potential heart attack victims.
The low-dose technology available at Wesley Children’s Hospital is beneficial for children as it significantly reduces radiation exposure during a CT scan and fluoroscopy procedures. Wesley has the only two board-certified pediatric radiologists in Wichita.
The Optima MR450w 1.5 MRI advanced imaging system from GE Healthcare maximizes comfort for patients while delivering uncompromised image quality. Features include a 70-centimenter-wide-bore and a 50-centimeter field of view to make scans accessible to more patients who need them; strong whole-body gradients that yield scans that are fast, accurate and highly reproducible; and advanced functionality to help physicians make definitive diagnoses. Plus, more exams can be performed with the patient’s head outside the magnet, and exam times are reduced due to the increased speed.
This new MRI technology is paired with the Wesley Family of Campuses SOMATOM definition Flash 128-slice CT scanner – one of the only scanners of its kind in Kansas – to provide a wide range of cutting-edge imaging options.
Wesley provides special video goggles for pediatric patients while their MRI is being conducted. The goggles allow patients to relax by blocking out the sights and sounds of the machine while watching DVD movies, cable TV, iPad videos or listening to music. The system helps eliminate claustrophobia and scan loss in an MRI, as well as reduces the need to sedate children for the procedure.
MRI technologists can communicate via a microphone with the child and can also project a video image of themselves in the goggles so the child can see who is talking, helping to reduce anxiety.
Talk to your child’s doctor to learn more about the benefits of low-dose CT.