HMC adds CT unit with clearer images, lower 
dose for better patient outcomes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SOMATOM®  Definition AS CT scanner at Hamilton Medical Center 
SOMATOM  ® Definition AS CT scanner 

DALTON, Ga. – A breakthrough in computed tomography (CT) technology is enabling physicians at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) to obtain clearer images of the body and make timelier diagnoses.

HMC is among the many hospitals in the U.S. to offer the SOMATOM ® Definition AS CT scanner with the innovative FAST CARE platform that helps to maximize clinical outcomes and provides automation that can potentially improve patient satisfaction. Additionally, the system helps achieve outstanding images at a lower dose through its innovative Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE) features. The new technology decreases doses up to 60 percent.

The capabilities of the SOMATOM Definition AS scanner enable physicians at HMC to examine patients of all sizes.

The SOMATOM Definition AS includes Adaptive Dose Shield technology that dynamically blocks the unnecessary dose before and after the spiral scan, enabling only the dose that is clinically relevant to be applied to the patient.

The Definition AS provides faster and more confident diagnosis in emergency and acute care settings, particularly in examining patients with acute chest pain, abdominal pain, and suspicion of stroke. Physicians can now review results before the patient has left the table, allowing them to provide immediate feedback and quickly determine treatment options. The high image quality can be obtained even for patients who are obese, short of breath or who have elevated heart rates.