At Saint Michael’s Medical Center, it is the combination of a well-trained, experienced and proficient radiological team – including the skilled professionals from University Radiology – along with the most accurate and up-to-date medical devices that combine to provide the high level of diagnostics and treatment for which the hospital is known.
Here are just a few of the top-of-the-line radiological systems now in use at Saint Michael’s to help physicians provide the highest grade of healthcare currently available in the region:
ZS3 Premium Ultrasound System
Saint Michael’s recently purchased two ZS3 systems from Zonare that are used to perform both vascular and general sonograms. The high-frequency imaging of the system provides expanded penetration, especially in the abdomen region. This allows technicians to better visualize potential abnormalities in such organs as the liver, spleen and bowel – even in patients who are difficult to image. In addition, the ZS3’s enhanced data acquisition and management software can collect images up to 10 times faster than conventional ultrasound systems.
160-series Aquilion Prime Computed Tomography Scanner
Providing technicians with optimized images using minimum radiation dosages and offering patients maximum comfort, this new CT scanner from Toshiba was installed in the Emergency Department at Saint Michael’s as part of the ED’s recent $30 million renovation. The scanner takes 160 images – called slices – per rotation and can display them almost instantly for immediate review and diagnosis. Aquilion Prime employs dose-reduction and image-processing software to produce the highest-quality images with the lowest-possible levels of radiation. With a 660-pound weight capacity and a couch width of 18½ inches, the scanner is ideal for hard-to-image bariatric and emergency room patients.
ATEC Breast Biopsy and Excision System
Described as a “patient-focused, physician-inspired” device, the ATEC system from Hologic allows the physicians and technicians at the Connie Dwyer Breast Center to perform computer-guided breast biopsies safely and quickly with minimal patient discomfort. The system can take a unique core – or tissue sample – every 4½ seconds and can complete the acquisition process in less than 30 seconds. As a fully closed system, contamination risk is greatly reduced and all tubing used in sampling is disposable. Also, the ATEC automatically delivers a dose of anesthesia as each core is taken.
Selenia Dimensions Breast Tomosynthesis System
Currently in use at the Breast Center, this state-of-the-art breast imaging device – also from Hologic – allows technicians to shift between standard two-dimensional mammography mode and higher-resolution, 3D tomosynthesis imaging. The device also has a “combo-mode” in which both types of images are created from the same breast compression. In tomosynthesis, multiple images taken simultaneously from different angles are reconstructed into a 3D image of the breast. The technology eliminates the effects of tissue overlap, which can cause false positives or miss critical abnormalities.