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2010-12-07 10:22:32
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Installs New 64-Slice CT Scan
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Natifia Gaines
(718) 206-6020

February 12, 2008 (Jamaica, NY)-- Jamaica Hospital Medical Center has installed a new 64-Slice CT Scanner—the latest non-invasive imaging system allows physicians the ability to obtain diagnostic digital images in less than ten seconds. “The scanner has the ability to perform much more complex imaging examinations and will provide tremendous benefits to our patients,” said Russell Smith, Administrator for the Department of Radiology.

The new CT scanner allows the technologist to perform quicker and more accurate scans. The scanner can perform a head scan in less than four seconds and a chest CT in less than ten seconds (one breath hold). The speed of the scanner minimizes motion, a major challenge associated with older CT scanners, and because the slices are much thinner than before, clearer images are produced.

The computer and software technology are also much more powerful, which allows for quicker manipulation of images and data for the Radiologist. The software even produces pictures in 3D.

“There was a great need for this machine in the Radiology Department. We were using a much older scanner and facing many challenges that are now eliminated with the use of this state-of-the-art equipment,” said Smith.

“We also wanted something that would complement the Cardiology Department, especially since the scanner can be used to provide detailed images of the coronary vessels for patients with heart disease. We wanted to offer our patients a possible alternative to invasive testing,” he added.

The 64-Slice CT Scanner can also be used for patients undergoing reconstructive facial surgeries and orthopedic procedures.

General Electric (GE), the manufacturer of the scanner, provided extensive training to approximately ten CT scan technologists from Jamaica Hospital’s Department of Radiology, which currently treats 30-40 patients daily.

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and eastern Brooklyn. This 387-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital that has over 40 general and specialty services. The Department of Radiology offers a wide variety of state-of-the-art diagnostic and specialty services, including ultrasound, mammography, fluoroscopic procedures, diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, bone densitometry, and CT Scan. All services are performed by Board Certified Radiologists and highly trained and experienced technologists. The Department of Radiology handles over 150,000 cases each year. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.
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