Memorial Hospital recently acquired new digital Computed Tomography (CT) and digital x-ray equipment designed to offer a myriad of benefits for patients.
The GE Optima CT660 computed tomography machine and the two GE Discovery XR 656 digital x-ray machines, as well as a GE Optima 220amx digital mobile x-ray, along with new and renovated waiting areas, were part of Memorial’s 2013 $2 million facility improvement investment.
Nathan Egbert, M.D., medical director of diagnostic imaging at Memorial noted the new CT equipment is safer for patients, while still producing a high-quality image.
“The new CT scanner is equipped with an advanced ASiR software package that results in significant reduction in a patient’s exposure to radiation during a scan, while still providing supreme image quality,” he said, adding that a lower exposure to radiation may be particularly beneficial for patients who undergo repeated scans, as well as to children and young adults who require a CT.
The new CT scanner also allows for rapid processing of images.
“With rapid processing of images from the new CT scanner, the radiologist and a patient’s referring physician, can quickly view disease processes and anatomical structures in 3D, allowing for faster and more accurate interpretations,” said Dr. Egbert.
Memorial Hospital’s CT service is nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Memorial Hospitals new digital x-ray machines also enhance patient safety and image quality. According to Dr. Egbert, where traditional x-rays are produced on film and then digitized, Memorial Hospital’s machines immediately digitize images, which can result in substantially better visuals.
He also explained that the new equipment exposes patients to significantly less radiation compared to conventional x-ray equipment.
The waiting-area renovations were designed to create a quieter and more private waiting experience for patients. The department’s waiting area was previously shared with the hospital’s outpatient lab, which now has its own designated waiting area. , and the imaging department’s waiting area has been renovated. The hospital also added a second waiting area specifically for MRI patients.
From L to R: Chelsea King, Kristy Harris, Dr. Nathan Egbert and Lisa Novitski with the new CT machine.