CLEARFIELD – A state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanner was installed in May at Clearfield Hospital, an addition to the hospital’s Imaging Department that will further elevate patient safety through the use of dose reduction software.
The GE Healthcare LightSpeed VCT 64-Slice Scanner replaces the hospital’s six-slice machine, according to Chuck Shaffer, radiology supervisor.
He explained that the new CT scanner significantly reduces radiation that a patient is exposed to during a scan. It uses an application called ASiR (Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction), which is a new, advanced image-reconstruction technique that makes it possible to dramatically reduce radiation dose to patients. In addition, the time the patient has to be on the table is decreased, as well as scan and image processing time.
“The CT scanner is a wonderful addition to our Imaging Department. It complements the wide range of diagnostic studies we offer, and enables us to have the highest quality images while reducing exposure to radiation. It’s a great investment in patient safety,” he said.
A CTscan uses X-rays to make extremely detailed pictures of structures inside of the body. It can be used to study all parts of the body, such as the head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, or an arm or leg. It can take pictures of body organs, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, lungs, and heart. It also can study blood vessels, bones and the spinal cord.
Clearfield Hospital spent more than $1 million on the project, which hospital officials said is an important investment in patient safety.
“Acquiring this cutting-edge technology is a win-win for Clearfield Hospital and our patients. The region’s residents deserve access to the safest, and most effective, medical care, andClearfieldHospitalis proud to offer this vital diagnostic service close to home,” Gary Macioce, hospital president, said.