Island Hospital Gears Up With Somatom.

The first and only one in the northern region of Malaysia, the SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner is equipped with Dual Source technology, able to capture high-definition images of the patient’s body for more accurate and precise diagnosis. Driving the hospital’s goal to provide better healthcare, the SOMATOM Drive has a lower radiation dose compared to previous generation CT scanners; meaning patients of Island Hospital will be exposed to lower levels of radiation when being scanned. This acquisition will further improve the hospital’s diagnostics and imaging department.

The first major advantage the SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner brings to Island Hospital is the reduced level of radiation for all types of CT scans. The lower level of radiation makes CT scans at Island Hospital safer for all patients, especially for children. This is made possible with the Dual Source technology of the SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner, using its two detectors to capture high-quality 4 dimensional images down to the smallest arteries in a person’s body.

With the precision and clarity of the images produced, patients do not need to go through rescans; reducing their exposure to already reduced radiation levels and also the time they spend in the imaging room. In the past, higher levels of radiation were required depending on the type of scan, or due to interference caused by foreign objects in the patient’s body (such as metal implants). Patients were also required to decrease or increase their heart rate to a specific range in old generation CT scanners. The SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner is able to produce clear images at a consistent, safe level of radiation without interference at any heart rate. All of this is done without compromising on the quality of care they receive.

On top of capturing crystal-clear images, the SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner saves time with its super-fast and precise scanning. Most images can be captured in less than a second, faster than the patient’s body movement can interrupt the process. This combination of speed and clarity allows it to capture images under any condition and any time, allowing for scans to be carried out during emergency situations where time is of the essence. Patients under critical care require little to no sedation for clear images to be captured, allowing them to be brought in and out of the imaging room as quickly as possible.

All of these functions come together to create a much more comfortable CT scanning experience for the patients of Island Hospital. For example, patients no longer need to hold their breath during a CT scan using the SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner due to the aforementioned speed and clarity traits. While morbidly obese patients were once deemed too large to fit into previous generation CT scanners, the SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner comes with a wide bore, sturdy table and high power mode that allows it to scan larger patients without any interference. Health conditions that were difficult to identify in old generation CT scanners such as stroke and gout can now be visualized for more specific and effective treatment using the technology of the SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner.

The acquisition of the SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner serves as a step forward towards the Island Medical City project, which is currently under development. The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2021, which will increase the hospital’s current 300 beds to 600 beds. The SIEMENS SOMATOM Drive Dual Source CT Scanner is only the start as more cutting-edge medical technologies will be acquired as the Island Medical City project continues development.