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Virginia Hospital Center's Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging Department has become one of the first in the region to install and use a 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging Scanner. The LightSpeed® VCT by GE Healthcare is the world's first Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) system, which offers an innovative way for Hospital physicians to obtain the information they need to diagnose disease and life threatening illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and chest pain.


"We're breaking barriers in speed and accuracy of patient exams and are now able to offer new and enhanced diagnostic procedures thanks to the state-of-the-art scanner," said Russell E. McWey, MD, Chief of Medical Imaging at Virginia Hospital Center. "Faster scans can help reduce patient stress and anxiety, and some of the volume CT procedures can be done in only one simple exam. We're excited to be the one of the first hospitals in the region to offer this medical technology."


In a single rotation, the LightSpeed VCT creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy on a dedicate computer workstation for Virginia Hospital Center physicians to analyze. From these images, physicians can view such things as blockages in the coronary arteries, as well as the motion and pumping action of a patient's heart.


With the new technology, physicians are now able to capture images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, an organ in one second and perform a whole body scan in 10 seconds, more than three times as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners. This speed is especially helpful in shortening breath holds for geriatric patients, patients who are on ventilators and pediatric patients.


The LightSpeed VCT features three key procedures exclusive to 64-slice scanning. The 5-Beat Cardiac™ procedure gives physicians the ability to provide a comprehensive view of the heart and coronary arteries with sub-millimeter resolution in just five heartbeats, resulting in more robust, repeatable procedures and greater vessel visualization.? Triple RuleOut™ assists clinicians in ruling out three of the most life threatening critical conditions in chest pain in one single scan - aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and coronary artery disease. Finally, ?Stroke WorkUp is a procedure that offers the speed and resolution required for rapid examination of blood vessels in the brain which enables physicians to make a quick diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment.


Additionally, the scanner can perform ?other procedures such as: CT colonography, oncology/cancer care, inner ear ailments, spinal injuries, abdominal injuries, pediatric assessment, and kidney, liver and lung exams.


The new scanner joins a Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging Department that ranks in top eight percent of hospitals nationwide in being all-digital. The totally digital department includes two additional multi-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanners, two Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners, four digital nuclear medicine cameras, six digital ultrasound units, a fully functional accredited vascular lab, three angiography suites, seven radiographic/fluoroscopy rooms, two DEXA scanners and a Women's Imaging Center which offers three digital mammography units and two breast biopsy/localization units.


About Virginia Hospital Center:

For over 60 years, Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington metropolitan area. In November of 2004, Virginia Hospital Center celebrated the Grand Opening of a new $150 million state-of-the-art facility. Virginia Hospital Center offers comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence including Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, Oncology, and Women & Infant Health. Growing service lines include Neuroscience and the only Lung Cancer Center in Northern Virginia. Virginia Hospital Center is a teaching hospital, long-associated with Georgetown University's School of Medicine, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.




About GE Healthcare:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies that will shape a new age of patient care. GE Healthcare's expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, disease research, drug discovery and biopharmaceuticals is dedicated to detecting disease earlier and tailoring treatment for individual patients. GE Healthcare offers a broad range of services to improve productivity in healthcare and enable healthcare providers to better diagnose, treat and manage patients with conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer's and cardiovascular diseases.


GE Healthcare is a $14 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) that is headquartered in the United Kingdom. Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 42,500 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.


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