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State-of-the-art CT imaging system being used at MDMC

Monday, May 7, 2007

SIKESTON -- Missouri Delta Medical center now has a new, state-of-the-art CT imaging system from GE Healthcare.

This new 64-slice CT Imaging System replaces the hospital's older four-slice CT system.

"We are excited to be the first to offer this medical technology to our patient population," said Earl Sisk, vice president of professional services for MDMC.

Missouri Delta Medical Center can now offer CT angiography of the entire body which includes brain, carotids, abdominal and extremity imaging. Physicians at MDMC are now able to capture images of an organ in one second and whole body trauma images in 10 seconds -- more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners.

"Our new CT system allows our physicians to obtain the clearest and best information they need to diagnose their patients," said Debbie Nichols, director of Radiology at MDMC. "The new CT is patient friendly. Fast scans can help reduce patient stress and anxiety.

"This new CT will greatly help with stroke work-up," she continued. "Once a stroke occurs, it is commonly believed that treatment must be delivered within an hour or less to ensure the best outcome for the patient. The new CT scanner can detect a stroke in its very early stages. This enables physicians to make a quick diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment."

In a single rotation, the new CT creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy of the physicians to analyze.

"We're breaking barriers in speed and accuracy of patient exams and are now able to offer new and enhanced diagnostic procedures, thanks to the new CT," said Nichols. "The technology is greatly benefiting both the physicians and patients of Sikeston and the surrounding community."