Halifax Health Becomes the First Trauma Center in Florida with New GE CT System Technology
Revolution CT Provides Uncompromised Image Quality, Better Patient Experience
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (April 21, 2016) – With the mission of continuing to provide the highest quality care to the East Central Florida communities it serves, Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach has become the first trauma center in the state to offer the advanced scanning capabilities of GE Healthcare’s Revolution CT.
Revolution CT delivers high-definition imaging across the entire body, helping physicians make a confident diagnosis across all applications:
- Cardiac exams in a single heart beat
- Whole brain imaging in less than a second
- Low dose, whole organ diagnosis and follow-up for oncology patients
- Detailed bone imaging, even for patients with metal implants
- Sedation-free and low dose scans for pediatric patients.
“The Revolution CT is leading-edge technology that uniquely provides uncompromised image quality and clinical capabilities across all clinical areas through the convergence of whole organ coverage, speed and image quality, all in one Computed Tomography system with reduced radiation dose. Patients who come to our Emergency Department requiring further evaluation via CT scan can expect a faster and more comfortable procedure which means an overall better patient experience,” explains Steven Miles, M.D., FACR, senior vice president and chief quality officer for Halifax Health.
Computed Tomography (CT) is one of the most important diagnostic tools for healthcare providers. With a serious injury or illness, CT is likely to be the first imaging exam a patient may encounter when they are suspected of having serious disease or injury. Utilized in the emergency department and general inpatient and outpatient environments, it is also used in guiding less invasive interventional procedures such as biopsies and ablations.
Today, more than 70 million CT scans are done per year in the U.S. with tremendous clinical value in helping physicians to provide a fast and definitive diagnosis across a wide range of applications.
With the convergence of whole organ coverage, image quality, and speed found in GE Healthcare’s Revolution CT scanner, Halifax Health physicians are now able to diagnose even the most challenging patients. This innovative technology can help enable clinicians to diagnose more patients with erratic or high heart beats and also provide pediatric patients with sedation free and low-dose scanning capabilities, among other clinical advances.
The wide coverage of Revolution CT allows healthcare providers to scan entire organs such as the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, in a single 0.28-second rotation reducing breath hold times for patients. Also, the speed of this new technology allows providers to gather information about function as well as anatomy, enabling a comprehensive stroke assessment of the brain in a single exam.
Revolution CT helps enable clinicians to deliver uncompromised image quality for some of the most challenging clinical applications. When used in the emergency department for evaluating patients presenting with chest pain, coronary CT imaging has been shown to reduce length of stay, speed discharge, and reduce costs. Revolution CT may also reduce the need for additional imaging tests by acquiring functional and anatomical information from a single exam.
Revolution CT helps deliver a better patient experience during the procedure as it can reduce patient anxiety with 50 percent quieter scanning, soft ambient lighting and personalized gantry displays. Also, with a larger 80 centimeter bore size, the Revolution CT can more comfortably accommodate larger-sized patients. Another benefit for patients is that they may not be required to take special medication to slow their heart rate for a diagnostic cardiac exam due to Revolution CT’s fast imaging speed. In addition, the Revolution CT comes equipped with ASiR-V, GE’s next generation of low dose technology which routinely reduces dose up to 82 percent with the same image quality0.
Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves East Central Florida, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers East Central Florida’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services and OB Emergency Department. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.