Hudson, WI, March 12, 2012 – Better, faster, safer – describes the new Toshiba AquilionTM Premium CT scanner system recently installed at Hudson Hospital Imaging Center. The new scanner allows for 160-slice 3D imaging, replacing Hudson’s previous scanner with 16-slice imaging capability. It provides a greater variety of scan options including CT fluoro, to improve biopsy capabilities and faster scan times. In fact the new CT scanner is about ten times faster than the one being replaced. A wider image coverage detection area ensures better image quality at a faster rate, greatly enhancing the patient experience. Advanced image processing and dose reduction software allows about a 40% reduction in radiation dose to the patient.
“This new software gives us the ability to acquire the best possible images at the lowest possible radiation and contrast doses,” said Sally Harris, manager, Imaging Center, Hudson Hospital & Clinic. “We’re excited to offer this new capability to our patients at Hudson, close to home.” Patient care and diagnosis have significantly improved with the growing use of computed tomography (CT). CT scanning blends the traditional technology of X-rays with the latest computer innovations. Using a series of X-ray beams, the CT scanner creates cross-sectional images. A computer then reconstructs these “slices” to produce a 3D image. The result is a picture with greater detail than traditional X-rays. Common CT scans include: abdomen, chest, head, pelvis, and spine. No matter which scan you have, your doctor will use the high resolution CT images to make the most accurate diagnosis possible. Better information means a more accurate diagnosis from your doctor.
Medical staff from HealthPartners, Regions Hospital, St. Paul Radiology, and Hudson Hospital Imaging Center reviewed a variety of CT scanner options. They determined the Toshiba Aquilion Premium CT scanner system provided the best technology, speed and safety to allow the best patient experience and meet the growing needs of Hudson and surrounding communities.