Department of Radiology
New state-of-the-art imaging equipment bolsters radiological services.
New imaging technology at UF Health Jacksonville is enhancing the clinical, educational and research activities within the department of radiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. The department most recently installed the Definition Flash dual-source CT scanner and the 3.0T Vida MRI scanner — state-of-the-art equipment that offers patients a full range of high-quality diagnostic imaging services.
The dual-source CT scanner, complete with Stellar Detector, allows faster acquisition of images at minimal radiation dose without compromising image quality. With flash speed, whole body scans can be completed in just five seconds. This is especially helpful for patients who have difficulty holding their breath during scans.
The 3.0T Vida MRI scanner is equipped with BioMatrix sensors, which capture head and respiratory motion. Breathing patterns are automatically detected by respiratory sensors that allow the automatic triggering of scans without further interaction. The new technology simplifies image acquisition and shortens patient preparation. As a result, overall scan time is reduced. This benefits patients who are claustrophobic or have difficulty holding their breath.
In addition to the BioMatrix technology, the Vida MRI scanner has various revolutionary features, including liver lab for fat and iron quantification and free-breathing high-resolution cardiac MRI with compressed sensing. That functionality will support the department’s cardiac and liver imaging research. Similarly, with Definition Flash, cardiac/coronary imaging is taken to new heights with the ability to cover the entire chest in less than a second, at all heart rates and, if necessary, without a breath hold.
Overall, the department’s dynamic and ever-evolving roster of equipment and capabilities — including the fastest spiral CT, dual-energy CT, high-speed whole body coverage at the highest spatial resolution, pediatric and bariatric CT imaging with no patient exclusion, and chest and pediatric CT with no breath hold — will greatly enhance our various clinical and research endeavors in cardiac, vascular and body imaging.