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Jackson Imaging Center Home to 128-slice CT scanner

Hospital news | Friday, December 20, 2013

Montgomery, Ala. – The Jackson Imaging Center is now home to new computed tomography (CT) technology with the addition of a Siemens Somatom® Perspective 128-slice CT scanner. Jackson Hospital is the only hospital in the area with this 128-slice CT scanner and one of fewer than 30 facilities across the country that has it.

This new equipment offers intricate diagnostic details, advanced radiation dose reduction features and a patient-friendly design.

“The highly detailed vascular imaging capabilities enable visualization and 3-D analysis of structures such as the blood supplies of the heart and brain,” said Jim Stroud, administrator of the Jackson Imaging Center. “The faster scanning speed helps reduce the need for a breath hold, which is especially useful when imaging the elderly and pediatric and trauma patients.”

The patient-friendly design allows for excellent access and patient positioning. Automated technology allows technologists to spend less time at the machine and more time with the patient.

“This new technology will give us more versatility in our imaging protocols,” said Brad Thomas, MD, neuroradiologist and radiation safety officer at Jackson Hospital. “Rather than a one-scan-fits-all approach, we at Jackson Imaging Center tailor each exam to meet the patient’s specific needs.”

The scanner produces high-quality images at a minimally required radiation dose by using innovative technology to automatically dose according to patient size, weight and anatomy. The state-of-the-art Safire imaging reconstruction software allows for up to 60 percent reduction across a wide portfolio of clinical applications.