ANCHOR LEAD: EVEN MORE DETAILED CT IMAGES ARE HERE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
A new type of CT scanner that produces extremely detailed images has arrived at Johns Hopkins, one of only two in the world. The scanner will be mainly used to image blood vessels to various organs and the movement of joints. Kieran Murphy, director of interventional neuroradiology at Hopkins, describes the device.
MURPHY: This machine is a CT scanner that allows us to study dynamic movement of joints or dynamic movement of X-ray dye through the body, in the heart and brain in particular or the liver, and we generate magnificent 3D images of those structures from those pictures, that allow us to study things that used to have to be done with a catheter introduced into the groin called an angiogram. So we can avoid doing the invasive procedure, essentially this has the potential to make me unemployed in the future. :28
Murphy believes it’s a matter of time before the improved scanner is deployed worldwide, where it will replace older, slower and more invasive procedures, at a lower cost per study. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.