Sullivan Hospital now has a 64-slice CAT scanner. This next-generation scanner captures
high resolution images of the smallest intracranial, pulmonary, mesenteric and peripheral
vessels in less than 10 seconds. It also will reduce scan time by 50 percent.
"With a population that's physically larger today, it was difficult to scan some
patients," says Travis Little, radiology manager. "The 64-slice scanner can deliver
images that are more defined, clearer and can be more accurately interpreted."
Scan time is not all that will be reduced. The amount of contrast required
to conduct some studies is also reduced by 50 percent. Part of the reduced
scan time is due to a liquid-cooled X-ray tube. "On exams, patients will only have
to hold their breath for 11 seconds," says Little.
"We can start doing CT angiography exams, which allow us to evaluate the renal,
carotid, peripheral, intra cranial and coronary arteries. That's the big plus. These
are studies that we have not been able to perform in the past."
"We wanted the same technology as Missouri Baptist Medical Center because we share
some of the same doctors. We're the only hospital within our competitive market
that currently has this equipment. With current gas prices, it will be a relief
to patients in our community not to drive 50 or 60 miles one way to get this type
of CT scan."