Advanced CT imaging now available at Cary Medical Center

1 year ago

CARIBOU, Maine — Cary Medical Center recently installed the new, tablet-based SOMATOM go. Top Computed Tomography scanner from Siemens Healthineers. The system enables the hospital to support routine and advanced CT procedures while enhancing diagnostic accuracy by providing additional diagnostic information to patients and their physicians. 

Technologists operate the CT system with a touch-screen tablet and remote control, keeping patients close during exam preparation. This can improve the patient experience, particularly for children and patients who have mobility challenges and need additional support. 

In addition, the new CT scanner features automated technology that can take the guesswork out of selecting the optimal radiation dose for diverse patient populations. It’s also equipped with Siemens latest exclusive technologies for optimizing radiation dose, such as Tin Filter Technology. Together, these can reduce unnecessary radiation for a wide range of routine procedures.

“Patients are our number one priority,” says Shawn Laferriere, D.O., and chief radiologist at Cary Medical Center. “We carefully considered which CT system would provide the best possible experience for our patients and also provide our physicians with the information they need to deliver the best possible care.” 

SOMATOM go. Top also offers features that can reduce imaging artifacts from implanted devices, such as knee and hip implants and dental fillings, which can further improve image quality. 

According to Dr. Laferriere, the new CT scanner takes this diagnostic imaging to a new level in Northern Maine, “This technology really raises the bar in terms of imaging resources here in the County.  We continue to establish the capabilities to perform more advanced diagnosis closer to home and we are very pleased with our new CT scanner.  We will, for the first time, be able to conduct cardiac and coronary artery imaging, something we have been anxious to introduce here at Cary.”

The new CT will also assist in identifying the impact of ischemic stroke by visualizing blood perfusion in the brain. This can help to estimate the extent of tissue that has been damaged, helping to identify patients that would benefit from more advanced therapy. The system also offers low-dose pediatric scanning. With patient-centric technology and workflows that optimally adapt to each patient, SOMATOM go Top delivers consistent, reliable results in all aspects of hospital imaging.