Developer Imatron, of San Francisco, California, USA, says its electron beam device is the only CT scanner cleared for colonographic use by the Food and Drug Administration.
Until now the range of applications for the EBT - electron beam tomography - devices has included coronary artery scanning, angiography and low-dose lung scanning. Outside the USA, machines have been installed in Russia, China, Austria and Germany.
View the interior surface of the colon in "fly through" mode
When used for the new application of EB-Colonography, the device is said to enable doctors to view the interior surface of the colon in "fly through" mode, a procedure named Flyview by its developers.
The high-speed EBT technology enables scans to be completed in the space of 50-100 milliseconds. It produces 2D and 3D images of internal cavities and can be used after injection of a contrast medium or inflation with gases.
Company CEO, S. Lewis Meyer said: "We believe that EB-Colonography can play an important role in helping physicians identify those individuals who can most clearly benefit from early intervention thereby, producing a material, positive impact on the tragic toll from colorectal cancer."
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