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New 16-slice CT scanner at The Hospital of Central Connecticut

Southington [July 17 2007] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial campus recently installed a new 16-slice CT scanner that offers patients greater comfort, quicker and more accurate exams, and the ability to conduct non-invasive angiographies to examine blood vessels.

With the new scanner’s high speed, the number of CT scans conducted weekdays at Bradley Memorial campus has doubled, from an average of 10 to nearly 20.

Because of the scanner’s high speed, patients don’t have to hold their breath as long. “This is especially beneficial to elderly patients, who often have a harder time holding their breath or keeping still,” says Fran Carvalho, RTR, Radiology manager.

The new scanner, which replaced an older one, is also more ergonomically friendly, with control buttons for the technologists brought down to waist level and now on both sides of the scanner.

CT scans provide X-ray images from varied angles. Depending on the study site, a patient may be given a contrast dye to increase visibility of the structure or organ. Common scans at the Bradley campus are for the head, lumbar spine, abdomen, pelvis, and bone density. In fiscal year 07, the campus is expected to conduct about 8,000 scans.

In addition to the new technology, Radiology patients are also benefiting from a renovated waiting room, as well as upgrades to a restroom and changing area.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, ext. 6507

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