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When is a Mobile or Modular CT Unit the Right Choice? A Definitive Guide to When You Should Do a CT Scan

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There are a number of different kinds of CT scanners available. While CT scanners are often categorized as either mobile or modular, these labels don’t tell the whole story. In fact, the choice between a mobile or modular CT scanner can be quite confusing. This is because those terms are often used to describe different types of CT machines, not the specific types of scans that the machines offer.

That being said, it’s important to understand the differences between mobile and modular CT scanners in order to make the best decision for any given situation. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at these different kinds of CT scanners, how they work, and the pros and cons of each kind of scanner.

What is a Mobile CT Scanner?

A mobile CT scanner is a device that scans tissue, either from inside the body or outside, and then processes the images so that they can be viewed on a computer monitor or sent to a device outside of the scanner. The images captured by the mobile scanners are a digital representation of the tissue being scanned, which allows for incredibly accurate and fast imagery.

The primary advantage of a mobile scanner is the amount of flexibility that it offers. They’re able to roam around where needed, without being limited by the size of any fixed area or the availability of power. They are able to scan patients who are in a variety of different positions. And, because they’re lighter and more mobile, they can be used to scan larger areas of tissue than fixed scanners.

While mobile scanners tend to be more expensive than fixed scanners, they can be less expensive than modular or active systems, if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the benefits of modularity.

 

What is a Modular CT Scanner?

A modular CT scanner is a CT machine that is designed to be connected to other devices to allow for new types of scanning and/or image capture. Modular CT scanners come in a number of different varieties, with most typically utilizing a variety of different sensors and cameras to scan different parts of the body.

Some of the most popular examples of modular scanners are gantry-style scanners, helical CT scanners, circular CT scanners, and helical CT scanners with integrated x-ray sources.

 

Mobile scanners provide a flexible solution for a variety of reasons, but one of the most important is their mobility. That mobility allows mobile scanners to often be used to scan a larger area of the body than would otherwise be possible, which can lead to better anatomical results. However, that mobility is also often coupled with higher cost, so there are trade-offs.

That higher cost is usually a result of the mobile scanner’s more advanced technology and more expensive components, as well as the more complex setup required to use it.

Modular scanners, on the other hand, offer a more cost-effective option for those who don’t need the same level of mobility that a mobile machine offers.

However, there are definitely advantages to both mobile and modular scanners.

 

Mobile CT Scanners

Mobile scanners are the most flexible type of CT scanner. They can be used in a variety of different ways, including outside of the body, which means that they can be used on people who are outside of a hospital setting. This is particularly important, as many different conditions require CT scans to be done outside of the body, such as on an aircraft.

Mobile scanners also offer a large field of view, which means that they can often be used to scan a very large area of tissue. This often allows for better anatomical details and a wider range of views that would be difficult to capture with a fixed scanner.

However, they also often provide higher resolution images than fixed scanners. This allows for more details and a more accurate assessment of the scan than would otherwise be possible.

 

Modular CT Scanners

Modular scanners are designed specifically to be connected to other devices, like computers or other electronics. They allow for a wide range of scanning options and are frequently used for special applications, like life sciences research, which requires very high-quality scans. 

Modular scanners are often specialized scanners that are designed for a specific purpose. That purpose can vary from life sciences and medical imaging, to industrial applications and more.

In fact, the first CT scanner was made for the US military, and was a modular scanner capable of scanning both inside the body and outside of it.

The most popular types of modular scanners are gantry-style scanners, which hold an x-ray source, as well as a camera or other sensor, and a computer.

Gantry-style scanners, which were originally designed for fixed hospitals, allow for a large, open workspace. This workspace can be used to scan various different parts of the body, while the source and camera/sensor can usually be moved with the scanner.

 

Which Mobile or Modular CT Scanner Should You Choose?

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing which kind of mobile or modular scanner to go with. Some of the most important things to consider are the size of the workspace available and the amount of mobility you need for your scans.

The mobility of a scanner impacts how large an area of tissue it can image, as well as the quality of the images that it can capture. It’s important to remember that mobile scanners, whether they’re mobile or modular, are often very expensive. So if you only need a mobile option, or you’re not willing to pay for a mobile scanner, a fixed scanner might be a better choice.

 

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Bottom line

There are a number of different types of CT scanners available, so it’s important to understand the different options that are available to you. This article has provided a primer on the different types of CT scanners that are available, as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Ultimately, it’s important to remember that a mobile or modular scanner is a trade-off between mobility, cost, and the level of detail that can be captured.

If you need a scanner that can be used outside of a fixed location and you need good imaging quality, it might be worth purchasing a mobile scanner. If you only need a scanner for occasional scans for patients who are physically unable to move, or if you don’t have a lot of budget to play with, a fixed scanner might be a better option.

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