In a significant leap forward in deploying advanced medical technology, the Sleepy Eye Medical Center (SEMC) installed a new General Electric Optima CT660 scanner.
A CT (Computed Tomography) scanner, sometimes referred to as a CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) scanner, obtains images of parts of the body that cannot be seen on a standard x-ray. Multiple images are taken during a CT scan and a computer compiles them into complete, cross-sectional pictures (slices) of soft tissue, bone and blood vessels. These scans often result in earlier diagnosis and more successful treatment of many diseases.
SEMC’s CT660 is a 32-slice scanner. The previous scanner used by SEMC was an eight-slice scanner.
“The Optima allows for thinner image slices, giving our physicians more precise and detailed information to help in patient diagnosis,” said Megan Green, radiology manager, SEMC. “We can scan at faster intervals; patients do not have to hold their breath as long, which helps reduce motion. An important component of the CT660 is GE’s ASiR (Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction) technology that reduces ‘blurriness’ of images and can lower radiation doses by as much as 20-30 percent.”
The CT660 is environmentally friendly and can save up to 60 percent in electrical costs. It’s patient-friendly too with a 12-inch screen that can play relaxing movie clips and demonstrations. It even has cartoons to help calm pediatric patients.
“Acquiring advanced technology such as the GE Optima CT660 is a further example that we are committed to providing the best healthcare to our community,” said Kevin Sellheim, CEO and administrator. “For a rural community hospital to be the first in the state to a have a GE Optima 32-slice CT scanner says a lot about our medical center and the support we receive from our Board of Directors. We are proud to be able to provide high quality personnel, equipment and facilities.”