The Richmond Register

March 23, 2013

Baptist Health Richmond receives 64-Slice CT Scanner

Special to the Register

BEREA — Baptist Health Richmond has expanded its medical imaging capacity and capability with the recent addition of a 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner.

A new Siemens 64-slice CT scanner at Baptist Health Richmond provides patients and physicians higher quality images that can be delivered faster and safer than ever before. The new scanner not only creates faster, clear images, but it reduces the radiation dose per image, making it much safer. The higher quality images mean that radiologists can spot things that would not have shown up in images from older systems.

“Imaging technology improves at a rapid rate,” stated Pat Olds, Vice-President of Support Services. “This new scanner is much faster and more efficient, which ultimately allows for a better quality exam with an overall lower radiation dose.”

A CT scanner is an advanced X-ray machine that can make three-dimensional images. Doctors use it to help diagnose a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, such as complex bone fractures, cancers, heart attacks, strokes, internal trauma and even infectious diseases. It is frequently used with a special dye called a contrast agent that improves the image of muscles, organs, and soft tissue. The new unit’s lower radiation dose and exceptional speed make it ideal for application including pediatric, trauma, angiography, and cardiovascular diagnostics.

For a given exam, the new 64-slice CT scan system can reduce patient radiation dose by two-thirds and the amount of contrast needed by more than 40 percent. In addition, the system reduces the time required for diagnosis and also creates higher quality three-dimensional reconstructions for radiologists.

“The new scanner allows our patients to arrive in the department, have their study and be on their way much faster,” commented Steve Wells, Director of Radiology Services. “This means our department is more efficient, which helps lower overall health care costs.”

The new CT scanner and associated computer equipment, installed in November, cost about $950,000. Installing the unit required modest renovation to the room that holds the scanner.

With the addition of the new Siemens 64-slice CT scanner at Baptist Health Richmond, patients can be assured they are receiving the best care. For more information about the 64-slice CT scanner visit www.baptisthealth

Baptist Health Richmond is part of the Baptist Health System, an integrated health system providing care for patients across the State of Kentucky. Baptist Health Richmond includes Urgent Care Center, Occupational Medicine Center, Wound Care Clinic and physician practices.