A British Company has launched a revolutionary new radio-isotope -- diagnostic machine -- in effect, a computerised electronic doctor.
A British Company has launched a revolutionary new radio-isotope -- diagnostic machine -- in effect, a computerised electronic doctor. It's called a Tomoscanner - and it's said to give better results at a cheaper cost than existing similar machines. Simply, it's designed to diagnose ills electronically.
SYNOPSIS: The patient being examined is placed on a couch that the operator can control from a hand-held control box. The scanning device is also operated by the same hand-held control-box. The machine is priced at GBP65-thousand (111,150 U.S. dollars).
The word Tomo, from Greek, means slice, and that's what the machine scans, a slice of about 0.59 inches (15m.m.) through whatever section of the patient's body interests the doctors. The device is then moved into every position necessary to view the "slice" from every angle.
The area to be examined is injected with radio-active isotopes, and the device registers the pattern of their absorption. The results are fed into a computer which analyses and recombines the data to from an image.
The computer results are printed out in colour and the different absorption rates show up in different colours. The makers say the resulting fine details gives superior results -- especially in examinations of the head.