May 3, 2017

Anchorage, Alaska — The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute (AHVI) has acquired a state-of-the-art rapid CT scanner that virtually eliminates patient claustrophobia and uses substantially lower doses of radiation. The newly procured Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash CT uses the world’s first fully-integrated Stellar detector, which allows for exceptional image quality and a simplified patient process. This fast, non-invasive CT scanner will be available April 10, 2017, at the Anchorage office.

The Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash CT opens a new era of cardiovascular imaging in Alaska.  The SOMATOM features state-of-the-art SAFIRE* image reconstruction software, which allows for up to 60% reduction in radiation doses. The world’s first fully-integrated Stellar detector enables low noise scans at low doses. Fast scanning speed, minimizing the need for breath holds in the chest and abdominal studies, as well as advanced cardiac imaging without the need for beta blockers, are among the many clinical benefits.

Equipped with a 79-cm gantry, the compact and open profile improves patient access and positioning while reducing patient anxieties often associated with CT scanning. New automated technology allows the technologist to spend less time operating the machine and more time with the patient. Unparalleled image quality affords detailed diagnostic evaluation and reduces the need for re-scans.

“The advancements associated with the Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash CT have the potential to change the way physicians evaluate patients with chest pain and with heart and vascular problems,” said Dr. Finley, Medical Director, CT department.

“Introducing innovative, state-of-the-art technology at AHVI is part of our continuing commitment to provide the very best, cutting-edge care right here in Alaska.”

About Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute:

The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute is Alaska’s leading provider of cardiovascular care. We are recognized for excellence in cardiology in Alaska and beyond, and we are proud to provide the highest quality cardiovascular services in Alaska.