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Radiographer Harrison Grimshaw operates the Revolution Ascend CT scanner

Revolutionary technology a WA first

MIDLAND hospital based Perth Radiological Clinic recently introduced a cutting-edge piece of equipment, only the second of its kind in Australia.

Doctor Stephen Melsom said the high-tech Revolution Ascend CT scanner, based at St John of God Midland hospital, could scan 25 per cent more patients than its predecessor.

“The hospital is growing rapidly, there are more and more complex cases coming through and the demand for the CT scanner is increasing,” he said.

“We do have to perform scans on patients with COVID so we have to put the machine on quarantine however, it is a lot faster, and we can put a lot more patients through per hour than the previous machine.”

Dr Melsom said the Revolution Ascend CT scanner incorporated artificial intelligence to personalise scans accurately and minimises the work required by the CT technologist.

“It aligns the patient automatically using artificial intelligence and a camera to look at the patient to position them in the CT scanner then it works out what area needs to be scanned without the manual input of a technologist,” he said.

“Additionally, it produces better quality imaging using far less radiation and has a wider opening which is great for larger or obese patients or patients with claustrophobia.”

Perth Radiological Clinic were also involved in the software development of the CT scanner during its creation last year.

By Morgan De Smidt

 

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