The Rise of the CT Scan
Since the invention of the X-Ray by Wilhelm Rontgen a little more than a century ago, the power of medical imaging has revolutionized medicine. In the intervening years, the birth of the ultrasound machine in the 1950s, and the advent of Computed Tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) in the 1970s expanded the applications of medical imaging scans to a wide range of medical conditions and diagnostic scenarios.
QuikFlo’s technology interprets CT images of stroke patients, so we’re often asked if the CT market is growing, standing still, or losing ground to other modalities like MRI. The answer is that both have grown significantly over the last twenty years, and will continue growing significantly for the foreseeable future.
As scan quality improves, and more studies validate the diagnostic value of CTs, the more they’re used in medicine and in research. Trials like the ESCAPE trial that validated the efficacy of EVT, rely on imaging to properly select an appropriate patient population.
In much the same way that the popularity and ubiquity of the smartphone facilitated the development of useful and popular mobile apps, the increasing number of CT machines and the scans they produce is facilitating a boom in the the development of advanced imaging and image analysis software. Medical imaging giant GE Healthcare recently announced that it would be opening up its imaging equipment to developers, effectively creating a new app store for imaging software. The Quikflo team is excited to be part of an increasingly bright future for stroke medicine and are eager to contribute to growth of CT use through intuitive and automated image analysis.