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Beacon Hospital’s New GE Revolution CT Scanner

Beacon Hospital’s new GE Revolution CT Scanner captures superior 4D cardiac images, in less than a heartbeat, and with up to 82% less Radiation Exposure. It’s the most technologically advanced in Ireland. It’s the only one in Ireland.
What is CT?

Computed Tomography (CT) is a non-invasive and expedient way to look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones.  CT uses x-rays to generate very high resolution images of the body.  It works by rotating an x-ray source and detector around the patient as the patient is moved through the device.  Computer software is then used to reconstruct images from the information that is gathered during the rotations.

How is CT used?

CT is one of the most important diagnostic tools a healthcare provider uses.  Other than a simple x-ray for a bone fracture, CT is likely to be the first imaging exam a patient may encounter when they are suspected of having serious disease or injury.

CT is used in the emergency department and general inpatient and outpatient environments.  It is also used in guiding less invasive interventional procedures such as biopsies and ablations.

Which features make Revolution CT innovative?

Revolution CT was designed from the ground up, providing uncompromised image quality and clinical capabilities across all clinical areas through the convergence of whole organ coverage, speed and image quality, all in one CT system.  Traditionally, there have been trade-offs in the industry where all three were not achieved in one system.

Among its many features are:

  • Gemstone* Clarity detector for 160 mm of anatomical coverage in a single rotation
  • Best in class 0.23 mm spatial resolution and built in metal artifact reduction
  • Best effective temporal resolution enabled by 0.28 second rotation speed combined with intelligent motion correction for one-beat, motion-free cardiac scanning at any heart rate
  • Whole organ coverage enabling 4D imaging for all anatomies to visualize vascular flow, organ motion or kinetic properties
  • ASiR-V* low-dose technology which routinely reduces dose up to 82%1
  • Whisper Drive system to reduce audible noise during gantry rotations by more than 50%

How does Revolution CT help make healthcare more efficient?

Revolution CT helps enable clinicians to deliver uncompromised image quality for some of the most challenging clinical applications.  This opens the door to more exams, including high heart-rate cardiac, stroke, trauma and paediatric patients.
When used in the emergency department for evaluating patients presenting with chest pain, coronary CT imaging has been shown to reduce length of stay, speed discharge, and reduce costs.

Revolution CT may also reduce the need for additional imaging tests by acquiring functional and anatomical information from a single exam.

How does Revolution CT benefit patients?

Revolution CT helps deliver a better patient experience during the procedure.  Patient anxiety may be reduced with 50% quieter scanning, soft ambient lighting, personalized gantry displays, and a relaxing visual pattern inside the bore.   The bore is 80 cm wide, comfortably accommodating large patients.

Revolution CT comes equipped with ASiR-V, GE’s next generation of low dose iterative reconstruction technology that routinely reduces dose up to 82% with the same image quality. 1

Because of Revolution CT’s fast imaging speed, patients with high heart rates or an irregular heart rhythm may not be required to take special medication to slow their heart.

What are the costs associated with this?

The cost of a scan using the GE Revolution CT Scanner, Ireland’s most technologically advanced scanner, is €360 for the majority of scans, or €450 for the Cardiac CT.  The price is inclusive of results reading by one of our Specialist Consultants. Many health insurance policies cover the cost of this scan. To find out if your policy covers this please contact our Insurance Queries Hotline on 1800 800 911 

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1 In clinical practice, the use of ASiR-V may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task.