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New CT scanner improves medical imaging in Floresville
Barbara Smith, RT, and Lisa DeLaGarza, RT, provide high-quality medical imaging with the new 16-slice CT scanner at Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville.
FLORESVILLE -- The Connally Memorial Medical Center recently installed a new 16-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner. The use of this new scanner will significantly improve the quality of medical imaging provided by the hospital.
On April 2, the center welcomed its first patient into the newly installed and technologically upgraded CT exam room.
“While we have always been able to provide excellent imaging support with our previous CT scanner, acquisition of our new Siemens Emotion 16-slice CT scanner enhances our capabilities,” said Abel Salazar, manager of Connally’s Imaging Department. “We are now able to perform CT angiography, improved image quality on CT studies done for pulmonary embolism, and much faster scanning times. We look forward to decreasing wait times for patients, increasing our workload volume capability, and expediting reports to requesting physicians.”
The upgraded scanner, which acquires 16 CT slices simultaneously, is far more advanced than the 6-slice CT it replaced and will guarantee more accurate and rapid results. This makes the examination much quicker and more accurate, because patients don’t have to hold their breath as long when the scan is being taken. Thus, the artifacts caused by motion are decreased. This is a big advantage, as quicker results are essential -- not only for peace of mind for the patient, but also for the physician to begin planning treatment immediately, if necessary.
CT scanning, or computerized tomography, is a powerful X-ray tool that allows physicians and, more specifically, radiologists to look at parts of the body in cross section and in multiple planes. A multi-slice scan, such as the new machine, makes multiple CT cuts simultaneously. A CT scan has become one of the most important tools in diagnosing problems such as head and spine injuries, cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as other diseases and illnesses.
For more information, visit www.connallymmc.org or call Katie Etringer at 830-393-1311.
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