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CT Imaging, Even for the Tiniest Patients

Did you know over 70 million CT scans are performed on patients in the U.S. each year? With high-performance Intel® processors, innovations in CT imaging are allowing doctors to get fast, high-quality results while managing the radiation dose being delivered to the patient.

CT technology developed by Philips Healthcare

Physicians were puzzled when treating an infant with respiratory distress at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. “Every time they tried to remove the artificial breathing tube, the baby would get into trouble,” says Dr. Sheila Berlin, pediatric radiologist, adding that X-rays failed to show a clear cause of the problem.

Fortunately, the doctors had another diagnostic tool at hand—an advanced type of computerized tomography (CT) technology developed by Philips Healthcare. By combining the Philips iCT scanner with the iDose*—powered by Intel® Xeon® processors—the doctors were able to acquire highly detailed images of the baby’s internal body structures, while managing the patient’s radiation exposure.

"CT technology has been one of the most significant innovations in modern medicine,” explains Dr. Berlin. “It allows us to diagnose and manage diseases and abnormalities in millions of kids and adults.” Unfortunately, she adds, CT scans have historically also carried one of diagnostic medicine’s highest radiation risks—especially for children, who are more radiosensitive than adults. In the past, boosting image quality required lengthening exposure times and increasing the risk of radiation exposure. Long exposures often also required sedation, especially for wiggling children.

With iDose*, physicians are able to improve image quality at low dose. In addition, images are reconstructed in seconds rather than minutes. “Nothing like this has come around in my experience,” says Dr. Berlin. “This is an exciting time to be a pediatric radiologist because we have these powerful tools at our fingertips and we’re part of helping maximize their potential on the frontlines.”

The high-quality images acquired by applying iDose* during the CT scan helped doctors uncover an unusual air leak that was causing respiratory distress in the infant. This anatomic detail allowed doctors to successfully treat the baby and remove the breathing tube. “The child is now doing very well,” says Dr. Berlin.

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