Imaging Equipment

The Institute for Advanced Biomedical Imaging offers cutting-edge technology in combination with some of the best chest radiologists in the world to provide advanced diagnostics that are central to personalized medicine. Learn about some of our imaging equipment:

CT Scanners
PET/CT Scanner
MRI Scanner
Nuclear Medicine Cameras
Dexa Bone Density Scanner
General X-ray
Fluoroscopic Unit
Mobile C-arms
Ultrasound


CT Scanners

CT (computerized tomography) uses X-rays and a computer to create images of bones, blood vessels and internal organs to allow the physician to see organs and soft tissue in greater detail than a standard X-ray. CT is used for detecting a variety of conditions and is widely considered the gold standard in detecting lung abnormalities. All examinations are performed with the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient.

Siemens Somatom Definition Dual Source 64 slice

This is a CT scan fused with a PET (positron emission tomography) scan. The CT looks at anatomy within the body. A PET/CT scanner detects cells which are hypermetabolic (use more glucose than other cells). Since many diseased cells use glucose at a higher rate than normal cells, this can help determine the presence of cancer, infection or inflammatory conditions. The PET scanner uses crystals which recognize energy levels from certain radiopharmaceuticals, which gives PET its functional/cellular imaging property. These functional images can detect disease earlier than with just a CT scanner, which allows anatomic correlation of abnormal areas of hypermetabolic activity.

A PET scan combined with a CT scan correlates functioning tissue with detailed images, allowing for more accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for patients and is most helpful for detection of cancer, but can also be used in the setting of infection or sarcoidosis/inflammation.

Benefits:

  • Cardiac Imaging - This scanner has two X-ray tubes that revolve around the patient's body, at the same time, thus reducing scan time considerably. This makes it possible for physicians to reliably image the heart including those patients with a faster heart rate.
  • Enhanced Imaging Quality - The key differentiating factor is the use of two X-ray sources at the same time. This ensures double the speed at twice the power.
  • Available Options – Respiratory gating, radiation therapy planning and dual time point imaging can be used to improve image acquisition and diagnostic accuracy.

Siemens Definition AS+ 128 Slice

Benefits:

  • Reduced Scan Time - With its 128 slices/per rotation, this scanner has a high rotation speed of 300 milliseconds. Because of the high number of detectors, the scanner can acquire more images in a shorter period of time thus reducing the chance of blurriness due to patient movement.
  • CTAs- Capable of performing CT angiography in just 4 seconds
  • RealTime Fluoroscopy - Can be used for performing fluoroscopy guided biopsies.
  • Bariatric Imaging - This scanner also has a high capacity table for scanning heavier patients up to 600 lbs.

PET/CT Scanner

Siemens Biograph 40 Slice PET/CT Scanner

This is a CT scan fused with a PET (positron emission tomography) scan. The CT looks at anatomy within the body. A PET/CT scanner detects cells which are hypermetabolic (use more glucose than other cells). Since many diseased cells use glucose at a higher rate than normal cells, this can help determine the presence of cancer, infection or inflammatory conditions. The PET scanner uses crystals which recognize energy levels from certain radiopharmaceuticals, which gives PET its functional/cellular imaging property. These functional images can detect disease earlier than with just a CT scanner, which allows anatomic correlation of abnormal areas of hypermetabolic activity.

A PET scan combined with a CT scan correlates functioning tissue with detailed images, allowing for more accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for patients and is most helpful for detection of cancer, but can also be used in the setting of infection or sarcoidosis/inflammation.

Benefits:

  • Enhanced Image Quality - It can provide high resolution, distortion-free images throughout the entire field of view. This improved resolution enables physicians to clearly visualize small lesions, from the center to the edges—a revolutionary benefit unique to Siemens' HD-PET technology.
  • Reduced Scan Time - Four ring technology allows for faster acquisition.
  • Available Options – Respiratory gating, radiation therapy planning and dual time point imaging can be used to improve image acquisition and diagnostic accuracy.

MRI Scanner

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnet and radio transmitter to take images of internal structures such as the brain, spine, abdomen, heart, joints and blood vessels (MR Angiogram). It does this by interacting and detecting the signals from hydrogen atoms in the body. 

Siemens Magnetom Avanto 1.5 Tesla MRI Scanner

Benefits:

  • Patient Comfort - This scanner is based on a magnet design with a 60-cm wide ultra-short bore. This is wider and shorter than previously available and along with the unique setting of a full wall of windows, allows for a more comfortable scan for the claustrophobic patient. Acoustic noise has also been reduced by 30 decibels with the new innovative AudioComfort.
  • Image Quality and Improved Speed - What makes the Avanto unique is the total imaging matrix technology (Tim) with 18 RF channels. Around the world, Tim has become the new standard in MRI, producing "pristine image quality" and acquisition speeds that break new records.
  • Cardiac Imaging - This scanner uses ultrafast techniques to perform cardiovascular imaging of the highest quality, which is not available on most MRI scanners. A cardiac MRI is used to evaluate the structure and function of the heart, valves and major blood vessels.


Nuclear Medicine Cameras

Siemens c.cam Nuclear Heart Gamma Camera

A cardiac specific gamma camera that is used for non-invasive nuclear cardiology stress testing, which is performed to determine the presence, and severity, of coronary artery disease (CAD). This test will evaluate the blood flow and circulation to the heart muscle under rest and stress conditions. Comparison scanning is done to evaluate blood flow in the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. In addition to localizing vessels with blockages, it will evaluate cardiac wall motion and calculate left ventricular ejection factions to provide information about the pumping function of the heart.

Benefits:

  • Reduced Scan Time - Having a dedicated camera allows for dual detectors that are optimally placed for faster acquisition and accuracy. 
  • Enhanced Image Quality - The c.cam's unique capabilities provide cardiologists and radiologists with increased diagnostic confidence, and the system's fully integrated software allows analysis of ejection fraction and wall motion. 
  • Improved Patient Comfort- Unique to the c.cam system is a reclining chair, so patients can sit back comfortably throughout the imaging procedure, decreasing the likelihood a patient will fidget or move. This can improve diagnostic image quality. The reclining chair also provides easier access for patients with mobility challenges and increased comfort for those with arthritis or other painful conditions, who are unable to lay flat.

GE Millennium Nuclear Gamma Camera

Nuclear Medicine camera that is capable of detecting energy levels from patients who have ingested, inhaled or received an ijection of a radiopharmaceutical. These studies are performed on this camera. These studies include: ventilation/perfusion lung scans, hepatobiliary studies (HIDA), resting gated blood pool studies (MUGA), bone scans, and gastric emptying studies and myocardial perfusion imaging.


Dexa Bone Density Scanner

This is used for detecting osteoporosis, which is a lack of bone density that makes people more susceptible to fractures. 

GE Lunar DXA

Benefits:

  • Thorough Bone Density Studies - The unit provides for full capability of performing complete bone density studies on the forearm, lumbar spine and proximal femur as well as vertebral assessments and fracture risk.

General X-Ray

This includes a wide variety of X-rays: chest, abdomen, hands, legs, feet, spine etc. It is a general X-ray that is usually the first test done for determining any fractures, abdominal issues, pneumonia etc. An  X-ray may indicate more advanced testing is needed such as Ultrasound, MR, CT etc.

GE Digital General X-ray

Benefits:

  • Enhanced Image Quality - Due to the direct capture digital technology, both rooms provide high quality general radiographic images.

Portable Radiography

Use: This is used to take portable chest X-rays on patients whose conditions do not allow them to be taken to an X-ray room.

  • Improved Physician Access - High-quality digital images are produced and can be viewed on a computer screen by the radiologists and referring physicians.

Fluoroscopic Unit

GE Legacy General Fluoroscopic Unit/Siemans Arcadis Mobile Cam

Use: Fluoroscopy is used to detect gastric reflux, swallowing problems, aspiration, ulcers, bowel obstructions and other conditions.

Benefits:

  • Optimal Performance - These units provide quality fluoroscopic studies and TIMS digital video recording systems used for dynamic swallowing studies such as tailored barium swallows.

Mobile C-Arms

Siemens Arcadis Mobile C-arm and GE/OEC 9800 Mobile C-arm

Use: This assists physicians in the Minimally Invasive Diagnostic Center (MIDC) in manipulating the fiberoptic probe in the correct location to perform  a biopsy during a bronchoscopy.

Benefits:

  • Improved Field of View - These units have full mobile c-arm capability, so it can manipulate the fluoroscopy in several different positions so the patient does not have to move.


Ultrasound

Ultrasound, or sonography, uses high frequency sound waves to produce gray scale images on a computer screen. It is used to assist physicians in diagnosing a wide variety of diseases effecting soft tissues, internal organs and the vascular system.

Siemens Acuson S2000

Ultrasound at National Jewish Health is most commonly used to examine the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidney and vascular anatomy. It can be used to evaluate for deep vein thrombosis in the upper or lower extremities, assess the thyroid for nodules and scan the carotid arteries for atherosclerosis.

Benefits:

  • Non-invasive imaging – ultrasounds do not rely on radiation to evaluate soft tissues, organs and blood vessels.
  • Real-time – evaluation of blood flow, to and from organs and in the blood vessels of the arms and legs is evaluated as it is viewed.
     
Bookmark and Share