Low Slice versus High Slice CT Scanners


 What is a CT scanner? A “computerized tomography” scanner or CT scanner is a medical imaging technique that takes a series of X-ray slices of the body to produce a 3D internal image. Doctors and physicians often utilize the CT scanner to diagnose lung, liver, and pancreatic cancer. The CT scanners are differentiated by the number of slices they have. The slice number connects to the space between the slices. Many often wonder about what makes each different. Here are some of the differences between low slice versus high slice CT scanners. 

Low Slice versus High Slice CT Scanners

Slice Count

You may be asking yourself, “The higher the slice number, the better the CT scanner, right?” Well, it varies. Fewer slices mean there is more space between and therefore a larger chance of missing something, as well as a tedious scan. In contrast, a higher slice CT scanner can develop an image of a heart in a moment. Still, it all depends on the physician if the higher cost and excess radiation risk are worth better quality images. A 256 slice machine, for example, would be much more expensive and have much more radiation than a 16 slice CT but would produce higher resolution images. 

Here is a list of Low Slice and High Slice CT Scanners to consider: 

  • 4-Slice CT 
  • 16-Slice CT
  • 32 to 40-Slice CT 
  • 64- Slice CT 
  • 128- Slice CT 
  • 256- Slice CT 
  • 320- Slice CT

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Overall, you want to do your research and weigh in on the two’s pros and cons. If you have any more questions about which CT scanner you should purchase for your practice, then you can speak to an expert here at iRad. We also offer medical imaging equipment services and buy and sell medical imaging equipment like the CT scanner. Give us a call today! 

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