New CT scanner opens window to new research opportunities

MBI’s new Siemens Somatom GoUpTM Computer Tomography (CT) scanner is a boon for local researchers and companies interested in developing implants, surgical optimisation, investigating bone disease or undertaking cardiac or circulatory system research as it provides an excellent non-invasive in vivo view of these components.

The CT adds significant capability to MBI’s existing state-of-the-art imaging equipment and forms a key link with the Monash-CSIRO-Hudson Institute led M2 initiative, which is helping local and international companies commercialise medical devices. The new CT adds to our existing MRI infrastructure and providing the tools necessary to rapidly and reliably image new medical devices in vivo.

Latest advances in CT at MBI

Our new 32 slice Siemens Somatom GoUpTM Clinical Computer Tomography (CT) machine offers a range of improvements compared to traditional CT. These include:

  • rapid acquisition speed
  • optimised low dose clinical workflows
  • mobile patient registration tablet.

The CT scanner’s technical specifications include:

  • 16cm scan length with 32 slice acquisitions
  • 64 slice reconstruction with 0.6mm slices enabling a resolution of 0.6mm
  • rapid 0.8-1.5 second rotation time allowing a temporal resolution of 400ms for rapid low dose scanning.

Human and preclinical CT studies

The Somatom GoUpTM is ideal for low dose clinical screening trials in low risk patient or participant populations. All human scans are performed by professional radiographers from Monash Health and our in-house IT professionals can help integrate data with hospital PAX systems for rapid reporting and analysis.

The CT will also be available for preclinical studies and includes a full anaesthesia system for non-human studies and trained operators to perform the scans. All data is backed up to a specialised imaging data storage server (XNAT) which can be securely accessed.

Training options

While specialist operators are available, we can also train your own staff or students, allowing flexibility in machine booking times and access.

Research currently using the CT scanner

Local researchers are already using the CT to catalogue and digitally archive rare museum skeletons including extinct Australian fauna, dramatically improving our ability to understand how these animals moved and lived. This will also provide scientists with a unique resource to study Australia’s extinct fauna. Read the full story here.