New High Tech CT Scanning Offered at Howard Young Medical Center

A 32-slice Toshiba Aquilon CT Scanner has recently been installed in the Radiology Department at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. CT, which stands for computed tomography, uses x-rays to create detailed images of all structures inside the body including organs, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, lungs, and heart. It also can study blood vessels, bones, and the spinal cord.

CT scans have become a routine part of diagnosis for many kinds of illnesses and injuries at hospitals across the country and the technology has been available at Howard Young since the early 1990s.

While CT scanning has been available at Howard Young for many years, the new 32-slice scanner represents a major step forward in technology that can significantly improve the patient experience. The benefits of a 32-slice scanner include more images per rotation of the scanner, reduced scanning time for the patient, and significantly less exposure to radiation.

Howard Young Medical Center is the first health care organization in this part of the Northwoods to offer 32-slice scanning capabilities.

“The new scanner improves the patient experience in several ways, most notably by using less radiation to create the images and faster speeds so that scanning requires less time,” according to Sonya Deja, Radiology Manager at Howard Young. “The new CT scanner creates more detailed images for the radiologist to review. Less time in the scanner and improved images all mean that definitive treatment can begin sooner to address a health care concern. Time saved can make a significant difference in the outcome for a patient.”

The Imaging Department staff at Howard Young went through an extensive training program before the new scanner was put into service. Two members of the team trained at Toshiba headquarters and all others participated in on-site training with Toshiba representatives.

“CT has been an important diagnostic tool at the hospital for many years,” noted Sheila Clough, President of Howard Young Medical Center. “We are very happy to be able to bring more advanced technology to our community. And this leap forward offers many benefits to patients and physicians.”

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