Broward Health Weston
128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner

128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner

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View of Orthopedic Image with 128 CT Scanner

The first of two in Broward County!

Broward Health Weston is the first healthcare facility in Broward County and one of the first in the country to install the Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ 128 Multi-Slice CT scanner. It's the world's first CT Scanner to adapt to virtually every patient and clinical need and provides imaging for most types of diagnostic exams, including vessel imaging, cardiac tests and cancer staging.

The 128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner is capable of all routine diagnostic work as well as advanced examinations in cardiology, neurology and oncology. It is also suited for emergency situations like accidents, strokes or heart attacks requiring speedy diagnosis. Even difficult patients – obese, trauma and children – are quickly scanned with high diagnostic confidence.

The 128 provides full coverage of any organ in 4D. The speed of the scanner is faster than the beat of a human heart, which in turn produces spectacular images - providing patients with an accurate, speedy diagnosis. Plus, in many cases it eliminates the need for follow-up tests. This CT also offers safer procedures, providing each person with significant radiation protection, setting a new benchmark in lowering the radiation exposure to the patient. 

Comparison of an abdomen image from a single-slice CT versus the 128-slice CT

The Somatom Definition AS+ will join Broward Health Weston’s other diagnostic imaging services that include 3D/4D ultrasound, digital mammography, digital bone densitometry, MRI and breast MRI.

The 128 is located in the Diagnostic Imaging Center at BHW which is open seven days a week. The average scan takes approximately 3 to 15 minutes, depending on how much of the body needs to be imaged. Turn around time on diagnostic reports is less than 24 hours.

For more information, call 954-217-3300.

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