CT

CT scannerSomatom GoUp Computer Tomography (CT) scanner

Monash Biomedical Imaging's Siemens Somatom GoUpTM Computer Tomography (CT) scanner is suitable 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.

This CT scanner 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 CT scanner adds to our existing MRI infrastructure and provides the tools necessary to rapidly and reliably image new medical devices in vivo.

Benefits of using the CT

  • Offers a range of improvements compared to traditional CT
  • Rapid acquisition speed
  • Optimised low dose clinical workflows
  • iMAR filter to eliminate metal artefacts

Capabilities

  • Resolution as high as 100 microns depending on the sample size
  • Slice thickness as small as 0.3 mm
  • Perfusion imaging using contrast enhanced agents
  • Full anaesthesia system for preclinical studies

Research applications

  • Medical device development
  • Surgical optimisation
  • Bone disease
  • Cardiac or circulatory system research
  • Archive rare museum skeletons
  • Contrast enhanced imaging

Somatom GoUptechnical specifications

  • 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
  • Mobile patient registration tablet
  • All data is backed up to a specialised imaging data storage server (XNAT) which can be securely accessed

Additional support

Trained operators are available to perform the scans. Your own staff or students can be trained to operate the CT machine, allowing flexibility in booking times and access.

Research currently using the CT scanner

Local researchers have used MBI's CT scanner to help catalogue and digitally archive rare museum skeletons including extinct Australian fauna, dramatically improving our ability to understand how these animals moved and lived. This work provides scientists with a unique resource to study Australia’s extinct fauna. Read the full story here.