Better images, better workflow
The Supria CT includes everything COG was looking for in a new CT solution. The 75-cm bore makes patient positioning a breeze, for instance, and the deluxe monitor neatly presents all the relevant information in an effective, easy-to-read format. The most vital selling point, though, was the enhanced image quality. The practice’s legacy CT system, one of Fujifilm’s older models, had always been dependable, but technology had moved forward over the years; COG’s decision-makers knew it was time to step into the future.
The system’s metal artifact reduction, HiMAR, has proven to be especially crucial, Austin explains, due to the type of work they specialize in. The post-processing feature is a quick, effective way to clean up images and provide radiologists with a better final product.
“Being an orthopedic center, we scan a lot of patients who have had prior back fusions or surgeries,” Austin says. “When the radiation passes through the body, it can bounce off that metal and create an artifact that makes it hard for the radiologist to see the anatomy and make a diagnosis. Fujifilm’s metal artifact reduction helps us clean those images up.”
The Supria CT also includes innovative noise reduction features. Iterative Reconstruction Processing, for example, is a favorite of the technologists because it helps them follow the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle and keep radiation dose low without sacrificing image quality.
Norris also explains that the system’s useful design helps technologists move faster and see more patients in a given day.
“One of the best features about this scanner is Eco-Mode, where the system will remain in non-emitting rotational mode when not in use but can still make necessary adjustments during an injection,” he says. “It speeds the entire process up and makes it so we don’t have to start from scratch each time we want to move a needle.” Utilizing Eco-Mode can help reduce consumed power up to 35% during idle periods, according to Fujifilm, helping practices save costs and energy all at once.
This convenience has helped COG see more patients, with CT volume up approximately 7% since the installation took place.
And the new machine has helped COG’s bottom line in another way as well: keeping patients in the building instead of being sent elsewhere.
“Some of our physicians were trending away from in-house CT over concerns related to image quality,” Austin explains. “But installing the Supria has fixed that. Those examinations have stayed with us.”