Emergency patients need care now. To make sure they do, Herrin Hospital is adding a second CT scanner that will be dedicated to the emergency room.
"It's faster, smoother, more accurate and patient time on the couch is a lot shorter with this machine," said imaging manager Mike Flinn.
The new Toshiba scanner is a 32 slice machine, meaning it can create extremely high resolution 3-D images of the entire body in a matter of seconds. "Physicians will view the digital images on high definition monitors and will be able to rotate the images 360 degrees to get clear, sharp views of bone, muscle, arteries and organs.
Getting high quality images fast means quicker, more accurate diagnosis and shorter time to treatment whether it is heart attack or a broken bone.
After the machine is installed in early December, the current 16-slice CT scanner will be moved from the lower level of the hospital to an imaging suite right next to the new scanner.
"No down time with two scanners in place," said Flinn, adding that the new machine means more convenience for patients better data for doctors.
The new machine is an added bonus for the imaging department, which was already made more spacious and easier to access thanks to the new addition to the hospital.