Computed tomography (CT) of the lungs, also known as the Lung Scanner, is an X-ray that takes a detailed three-dimensional image of the respiratory system. This ensures accurate localization and determines the extent of damage or disease in the lungs: pneumonia, fibrotic changes, lung emboli, tumors and more.
CT scans can detect very small changes in the lung parenchyma that are not visible on an X-ray. For even greater detail, the study can be done by applying a contrast agent . The contrast is administered intravenously and “stains” the diseased tissues, allowing them to stand out from healthy tissue.
Computed tomography of the lung is indispensable in the following cases:
early detection of inflammatory lung disease
monitoring the development of infectious diseases of the lungs
assessment of the condition of the lungs after severe pneumonia
in case of suspicion of tumors and metastases
localization, determination of the size and extent of cancer
Siemens computer tomograph SOMATOM go.Now has been installed in the Center for Imaging Diagnostics MLADOST . The device is a representative of the latest generation of scanners of the world leader in medical technology, and the Maritime Capital is only the third city in Bulgaria where patients have access to such a system within the pre-hospital care.
Along with the wide range of technical innovations, the devices from the SOMATOM go series. feature exceptional software options that take their diagnostic capabilities to a whole new level. These tomographs are in constant online contact with the manufacturer, from where they receive updates and analytical algorithms.
SOMATOM go.Now has access to a server core with artificial intelligence, which collects a database from around the world. Instant analysis of thousands of studies supports accurate diagnosis, especially in diseases that are relatively rare or new. This approach is also necessary in the analysis of lesions by Covid, which are still new to medical science and are still gaining knowledge about their pathology, treatment and chronic complications.
Among the strong features of the device is also a minimum beam load. The tomograph achieves twice lower radiation levels than the previous generation of tomographs and even more, compared to older systems that still operate in many places.
The high detail of the images at low beam load is possible thanks to innovative filtering, developed by Siemens. It stops the unnecessary low-energy spectrum and skips only the one involved in generating images.