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New tomograph in Vladivostok helps in the fight against coronavirus

New tomograph in Vladivostok helps in the fight against coronavirus
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A modern computed tomograph was installed at the Center for Outpatient Oncology Care in Vladivostok, created at Clinic No. 6. Equipment purchased in the framework of the state program “Development of healthcare in the Primorsky Territory for 2020-2027” helps to identify cancer and cardiovascular diseases in Primorye, as well as to fight COVID-19.

“The task of CT is to find deviations in the human body. This technique is of great help in identifying oncological, neurological, cardiovascular and other diseases. Today, the tomograph is also actively involved in the diagnosis of pneumonia in patients with suspected COVID-19, ”said Dmitry Churilov, head physician at Polyclinic No.6, at EastRussia.

According to him, now at CT every day 25-30 people undergo examination, the procedure takes 3-10 minutes. Basically, a tomograph is used to diagnose patients with suspected COVID-19. The new tomograph is equipped with a unique program for the quantitative calculation of the area of ​​damage to the lung tissue. A powerful device creates images of excellent quality even in the most difficult cases with a minimum dose of radiation, which is especially important when examining children and elderly citizens.  

Timely diagnosis helps in taking the right tactics for managing a patient with coronavirus infection, timely starting treatment. In some cases, changes in the lungs may develop before a positive laboratory result for coronavirus. Doctors have the opportunity to monitor the dynamics of the disease, which significantly increases the effectiveness of treatment.

At the end of the epidemic, a new computed tomography scanner will be used in various studies of the brain, chest, abdominal cavity, pelvis, CT angiography, early diagnosis of tumors and skeleton injuries.

Within the framework of the national project “Healthcare”, five centers of outpatient oncological care began to operate in Primorye; one more will be opened this year in Vladivostok. Five will also appear in 2021. In total, there will be 11 of them in the region - this is enough to cover the entire population of the region.

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