Scanner heralds new era for medical imaging
The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has just announced its brand new $1.5 million CT scanner facility has started operation at Bundaberg Hospital.
WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said the new CT Scanner offered a quality and standard of local medical imaging that would be in line with the world's best.
"This scanner is significantly faster than the previous machine, provides images with greater detail and accuracy, emits lower radiation doses, improves patient comfort and offers new clinical applications," he said.
"Those improvements in the quality of the medical imaging will allow doctors to make more informed decisions on patient care and treatment."
The technical capabilities of the new scanner offer a wider range of medical imaging services than were previously available.
"The new scanner can image entire organs in a single rotation that only takes 0.35 seconds and a single scan produces 640 high resolution images," WBHHS director of medical imaging Michael Samuel said.
"The dynamic volume capability enables the scanner to capture both anatomy and function, which helps physicians diagnose heart attack and stroke with a single, comprehensive scan.
"Other new clinical applications are also available to clinicians in areas such as vascular and orthopaedics.
"The technical capabilities of the new CT scanner will change the clinical pathway of patients, offering faster diagnosis, treatment and health outcomes, in line with the WBHHS strategic plan of improving health, together."
Each year on November 8, medical imaging departments at the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service along with radiological societies across the planet celebrate World Radiography Day.
Medical imaging is a field which gives medical professionals insight into the cause of disease and has developed leaps and bounds in terms of technological and biological research.
World Radiography Day is a day of action and building greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and improving understanding of the vital role that radiographers and radiologists play.