Avera installs new CT technology

Avera installs new CT technology
In medicine today, every second counts, every detail matters, and a fast, clear picture of what's going on inside the body can save a life.

Now, a new CT scanner, the GE LightSpeed VCT, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is helping doctors make the most of every second and every detail – in a way that few other scanners in the world can do.

And it's making such scans easier on patients, replacing invasive procedures and allowing for a more definitive diagnosis.


In a matter of a few seconds, physicians are now able to capture images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, an organ in one second, and perform whole body trauma in 10 seconds, more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners.��

The following innovative procedures can now be performed at Avera Sacred Heart:�

  • 5-Beat Cardiac™- Images of the heart and coronary arteries can be captured in just five heartbeats – providing clearer images of cardiovascular anatomy and a shorter breath hold patients.
  • Triple RuleOut™ – The three primary causes of mortality in patients with chest pain can be quickly checked through a single quick scan.
  • Stroke Work-Up – Rapid images of blood vessels in the brain enables physicians to make a quick diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment.

    In a single rotation, the LightSpeed VCT creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy for the physicians to analyze. From these images, physicians can view such things as blockages in the coronary arteries, as well as the motion and pumping action of a patient's heart.

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