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UHN becomes a world leader in medical imaging for stroke, cancer and cardiac patients
Date:9/2/2008

TORONTO, ON (September 2, 2008) Today, University Health Network (UHN) became the first institution in the world to have three 320-slice CT scanners, as Toronto Western Hospital's (TWH) scanner began clinical operation. The world's most advanced Computer Tomography technology, the 320-slice CT can cut time-to-treatment by two-thirds for stroke patients, help cancer specialists map tumours for treatment in greater detail than ever before, and allow cardiac disease to be diagnosed with unparalleled confidence.

"We have always been pioneers and early adopters of cutting edge CT technology," says Dr. Patrice Bret, Radiologist-in-Chief at UHN and Chair of the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. "Embracing this technology represents the next step in a continuum of technological advancement."

Compared to traditional 64-slice CT technology, with an imaging area of 3.2cm, the 320-slice CT covers 16cm of anatomy, an area large enough to capture a full image of an organ and can show blood flow through specific areas of the body. Images are captured in 0.35 seconds with just one rotation of the scanner.

Stroke identification at Toronto Western Hospital

At TWH, the 320-slice CT is located in the emergency department, the only installation of its kind in the world. In an environment where every second counts, the speed of the scanner greatly benefits patients with serious trauma and those exhibiting signs of stroke.

"Installing this machine in the emergency department will allow us to more accurately triage patients," says Dr. Karel Terbrugge, Medical Imaging Site Director at TWH. "We felt very strongly that emergency patients should have access to this technology."

For stroke patients, the new CT will lower time-to-diagnosis from approximately one hour to about 20 minutes. "We can now very quickly get a complete image of the brain and assess if a patient will benefit fr
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Contact: William Pointon
william.pointon@uhn.on.ca
416-586-4800 x5592
University of Toronto
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