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64 slice CT scanner now at St. Anthony's

64 slice CT scanner now at St. Anthony's

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hospital news

For more information, contact: Larry Blanc

It can be hard to find and fix a problem if you can't see it clearly. Fortunately, when it comes to possible problems inside the body, doctors are using some advanced tools to focus on exactly what they need to see. One of the latest cutting-edge diagnostic tools is the 64-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner, now featured at St. Anthony Hospital.

Dr. Cynthia Holmes, St. Anthony Hospital radiologist, said the new GE VCT Light Speed Scanner leaves the hospital's old 4-slice scanner in the dust and is the only 64-slice CT scanner in the area. "This scanner is twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners, offers higher resolution and emits less radiation," Holmes said.

If you come to St. Anthony Hospital for a CT scan, you'll see a large machine with a hole in the center. You'll lie very still on a table, which will slide into the opening. As you move into the machine, several x-ray beams and x-ray detectors rotate around the table, quickly making the needed images. A full body scan takes about 10 seconds.