This medical video delves into the new quicker scan for trauma patients.
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Jennifer Matthews: When a patient comes into a shock trauma emergency center, time is of the essence. Doctors must act quickly to save a patient's life. It's often called the Golden Hour. Dr. Stuart Mirvis: After a certain amount of blood loss, you can't compensate anymore, and you will begin to die. Your heart will fail, and your respirations will stop. Jennifer Matthews: X-rays can take up to 45 minutes to get results. Now, new imaging technology scans the entire body in less than a minute. Dr. Stuart Mirvis: The actual scan itself is a 13-second process, which is very fast. The development of that image by the computer takes another eight seconds. After that you have an entire radiograph of the patient's body. Jennifer Matthews: The scan's head-to-toe imaging allows doctors to detect injuries that are not immediately apparent. Dr. Stuart Mirvis: The big plus is going to be not missing injuries that we may miss now and getting the information as quickly as possible. Jennifer Matthews: As the C-shaped arm passes over a patient during the initial scan doctors can zoom in on smaller areas for a closer look. Dr. Stuart Mirvis: The scapular fracture is a little more subtle, so we might want to see that a little bit better, and again, we can adjust the windows and levels to see it a little bit better. Jennifer Matthews: Besides faster and clearer images the machine also exposes patients to 75% less radiation than a conventional X-ray. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.