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Exam Time Drops From 30 Minutes To Seconds

Palm Harbor, FL – April 2, 2004 – Rose Radiology - Boot Ranch has joined an elite handful of U.S. hospitals by installing the world’s fastest, most powerful computed tomography (CT) system – the AquilionTM from Toshiba America Medical Systems.

Studies like chest exams, which used to take 20-30 minutes to perform, can now be completed in just 10 seconds at Rose Radiology - Boot Ranch. Not only is a speedy CT scan (also called a CAT scan) less taxing on patients, Rose Radiology - Boot Ranch expects to greatly increase its exam capacity – which means more patients can be treated faster.

“Residents of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties now have access to the best CT system available today,” said Manuel Rose, MD, the Medical Director of Rose Radiology. “For patients with blood clots, infections, and diseases like cancer, early diagnosis with the Aquilion can result in faster, more effective diagnosis and treatment.”

While CT uses X-ray technology, it is distinguished from other imaging tools like traditional X-ray and MRI by its ability to display a combination of soft tissue (like muscles, tissue, organs and fat), bones and blood vessels all in a single image. Radiologists perform CT scans to diagnose kidney, lung, liver, spine, and blood diseases, cancer, tumors, and cysts, as well as blood clots, hemorrhages and infections.

During a CT exam, a patient lies on a table and is slowly moved into the large donut-shaped opening of the scanner. Once inside, a series of X-ray beams create hundreds of cross-sectional pictures that represent slices of the patient’s body. Seconds later, the system’s computer assembles the slices into three-dimensional images that are interpreted by a radiologist.

The Aquilion can acquire more of those anatomical slices than any other system, thanks to a new technology called multi-slice imaging. In fact, the Aquilion is so fast that it can rotate around a patient’s body in only half a second. At that speed, this CT creates a gravitational force of 13 G’s – four times the force of the Space Shuttle during lift off. But the only sensation the patient experiences is the ticking of the machine.

As a result, Toshiba’s multi-slice technology is among the first that is quick enough to capture images of the body’s rapidly moving organs like the heart, which appear blurry when scanned by traditional CTs. Multi-slice imaging also is especially useful for examining patients who are unable to hold their breath, like trauma victims, acutely ill patients and young children.

Rose Radiology provides a full range of comprehensive imaging services to the residents of Tampa Bay.

Rose Radiology can now say that we have the most sophisticated and advanced CT available in Florida.

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