64-Slice Lightspeed Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) 

VCT imageIn 2004, Froedtert & the Medical College became the first in the world to use the VCT scanner, the latest CT system developed by GE Healthcare Technologies and the most powerful medical CT scanner in the world. 

High-Resolution Images in a Fraction of the Time

The LightSpeed VCT scanner provides doctors with high-resolution images in a fraction of the time previously needed, allowing more accurate diagnoses of a wider variety of conditions. In a single rotation, the LightSpeed VCT creates 64 high-resolution images that are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the anatomy. 

With VCT imaging, physicians are able to capture images of the full heart in six seconds, the chest in three seconds, the abdomen and pelvic area in three and one-half seconds and the entire body in 10 seconds. 

With its precise and rapid imaging of the body, the 64-slice VCT scanner provides a noninvasive approach to diagnosing and treating disease in many areas of the body. VCT combines rapid X-ray scanning with multiple computed tomography (CT) to produce extremely detailed images of the heart, lungs, brain and other organs. A computer assembles the X-ray “slices” into an image of the organ that reveals its complete structure. Depending on the organ or area being scanned, a patient may receive an injection of contrast dye to obtain a better image. 

VCT Imaging Benefits

For patients, the benefits of VCT include:

  • Precise, high-resolution 3D images that help physicians better diagnose conditions
  • Faster diagnosis (VCT requires less time for breath-holds)
  • Quicker, more comfortable scans
  • Less radiation exposure 

The advanced VCT imaging system can be used to diagnose common and hard-to-detect conditions in areas such as the head (stroke assessment), neck, chest, heart and blood vessels, abdomen, lungs, colon and legs.

In heart and vascular disease, the unprecedented speed of VCT captures superior pictures of a patient’s beating heart without the need for an angiogram (a longer procedure used to determine blood flow in arteries or veins that involves inserting a catheter and sedating the patient). VCT scans the heart in just six seconds and the chest in three seconds. A single scan that can be used to assess the three most life-threatening critical conditions in chest pain: clogged arteries, a torn aorta and pulmonary embolism (a blocked artery in the lung).