Shriners hospital gets new scanning technology
Published Thursday, March 17, 2011 2:17PM EDT
MONTREAL - Doctors at the Shriners Hospital in Montreal are showing off a new 3D imaging system that will help diagnosis children with skeletal problems.
The imaging system is fast, taking just 20 seconds to complete a full scan of a patient.
It also uses much less radiation than a standard chest X-ray.
Dr. Jean Ouellet, an orthopedic surgeon, says that alone is revolutionary.
"When you think about it, there's the equivalent of a simple X-ray, a tenth of a dose, and we're getting images that are better than a CT scan," said Dr. Ouellet.
The image produced by the scanner is three-dimensional, which will greatly assist doctors trying to diagnose scoliosis or other bone problems in children.
Money for the scanner was raised by the Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, the women's division of the Shriners.