January 30, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. – Patients at Wesley Medical Center will soon get the safest, most accurate computed tomography (CT) scans available. The hospital is in the process of installing the Discovery CT750 HD from GE Healthcare – the world’s best high-definition, low-dose CT scanner. The new scanner cost a little over $1 million.
“As the region’s leader in pediatric services, we are very excited to be able to provide low-dose CT scans for children in our area,” said Brad Bowren, director of imaging for Wesley. “But the new scanner also provides new advantages for a variety of adult patients as well.”
The 128-slice imaging technology creates sharper, more detailed images and reduces the radiation dose by 83 percent on cardiac scans and 50 percent across the rest of the body compared to predecessor CT systems.
“With new research the scientific community and physicians are becoming increasingly aware of the risk of radiation overexposure, particularly to our children,” said Dr. Akash Joshi, MD, Wesley’s medical director of imaging. “Our goal is cut down the unnecessary scans and make CT scan as safe and as fast as possible.”
A traditional CT is still the most appropriate option for many patients, but this new scanner is an essential tool when specialized diagnostics are needed
The scanner can conduct whole body, neurological and cardiac imaging which allows physicians to detect heart disease using non-invasive procedures. Enhanced pictures of the coronary arteries and the opportunity to look at each section of the heart individually can help identify potential heart attack patients.
“We are proud to be among the first to acquire the maximum radiation dose reduction “Veo” technology in Kansas. With this technology we can minimize the risk of radiation exposure without comprising the image quality. With having two children of my own, I feel safe that an extremely low dose scanner is now available for our community,” said Joshi.
For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its imaging services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with the Wesley ER, Wesley West ER and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WesleyCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please www.wesleymc.com.