Coffey Health System patients now have the benefits of a new CT scanner at Coffey County Hospital. Not only does the new unit produce higher quality images with a much lower dose of radiation, it is also faster and more comfortable for all patients.
“The new Hitachi Scenaria View CT scanner has the largest bore on the market, easing stress for claustrophobic patients and accommodating patients up to 550 pounds,” said Scott Sutherland, radiology supervisor at Coffey County Hospital. “Because it is much faster, the patient is on and off the table very quickly. It also automatically processes more information, so the exam is ready to send for reading much quicker.”
This scanner adds the capacity to detect calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. Called “cardiac scoring” or “calcium scoring,” the test identifies elevated risk for heart attack.
Low-dose CT or LDCT enables lower dose and faster workflow with high-quality imaging. The goal of screening is to detect disease at its earliest and most treatable stage. Screening before signs of cancer appear may lower the risk of death by as much as 20%.
Patient comfort is further enhanced with the system’s ability to shift the table from side to side. Built-in visuals provide a distraction for children or adults with dementia or claustrophobia.
Seven radiology technologists at Coffey County Hospital are trained on the new unit.
The scanner was purchased using grants to assist rural hospitals during the pandemic.
“Grant funds related to the COVID-19 pandemic have allowed us to purchase new equipment, including the CT scanner and other upgrades in radiology,” said Coffey Health System Chief Operating Officer James Higgins. “These grant dollars allow rural hospitals to better diagnose and treat the influx of patients during the pandemic. In doing so, strengthening the American healthcare system.”
A newly equipped second x-ray room also allows for quicker patient exam times. The hospital conducts an average of 4,437 x-rays per year. With patients coming in from orthopedics, physician clinics, and the emergency department, the second room will speed visits from all departments.
The additional room is also critical during the pandemic.
“If we need to bring a potential or positive COVID-19 patient to radiology for an exam, we will have a second room available while one is being cleaned/disinfected,” Sutherland said.