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Skyline readies new CT scanner

State-of-art technology should be operational by end of December

Skyline Hospital has taken delivery of a new CT scanner that is being installed in the freshly remodeled diagnostic imaging area of the hospital.

The scanner, a Philips Mx8000 Multi-slice CT Imaging System, provides Skyline patients with state of the art diagnostic capabilities for head, whole body, and organ scanning.

CT scans are invaluable in assessing head/brain injuries or strokes, cardiac imaging, full body trauma evaluation, and whole organ functional scanning.

"We hope to be fully operational with the new technology before Christmas," said Mike Madden, superintendent of Skyline.

The Mx8000 represents a new family of low dose imaging technology that provides excellent images at a lower radiation dosage than previous generations of scanners.

Skyline Hospital will now have the technical ability to diagnose and treat patients that previously were transferred to another facility by ambulance to be diagnosed.

CT has the unique ability to image a combination of soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels. CT is the workhorse imaging system in most busy radiology departments and diagnostic centers.

Since its invention some 25 years ago, CT imaging has seen massive advances in technology and clinical performance. Today CT enables the diagnosis of a wider array of illness and injury than ever before.

Unlike other medical imaging techniques, such as conventional X-ray imaging, CT enables direct imaging and differentiation of soft tissue structures, such as liver, lung tissue, and fat. CT is especially useful in searching large space occupying lesions, tumors and metastasis and can not only reveal their presence, but also the size, spatial location and extent of a tumor.

CT imaging provides both good soft tissue resolution (contrast) as well as high spatial resolution. This enables the use of CT in orthopedic medicine and imaging of bony structures including prolapses (protrusion) of vertebral discs, imaging of complex joints like the shoulder or hip as a functional unit and fractures, especially those affecting the spine.

The installation and setup of the new scanner will take three to four weeks and training of the personnel in the imaging department will follow.


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