Procurement Trend: CT Systems - February, 2020
February 3, 2020 | Procurement Trends
Mid-tier computed tomography (CT) scanners, which typically reconstruct 128 slices from 64 detectors, are considered the "workhorse" scanners of imaging departments and are typically used for general radiology and emergency department imaging. Systems that acquire more and thinner slices in one rotation allow for more complex exams and more varied patient populations (e.g., pediatric, trauma). The main advantage of a CT scanner with a higher slice count is faster acquisition; as the speed of acquisition increases, so does the ability to image moving organs. Higher tier CT systems (>128 slices) allow even faster scanning speeds and are advantageous for cardiac and pulmonary imaging.
However, most 128-slice CT systems are 64-slice CT systems with a software configuration upgrade (no additional hardware is required). The following attributes are typically the same for 64-...