New 64-slice CT scanner provides better imaging with less radiation
JACKSON – Sutter Amador Hospital begins operating a new 64-slice CT scanner this week thanks to a generous donation from the Mervin and Audrey Sheppard Trust.
The new GE Optima 660 Computed Tomography (CT) scanner replaces a 16-slice CT scanner to enhance the hospital’s diagnostic imaging services.
“This is a great addition to our hospital and community as the new CT scanner provides faster scans with less radiation to our patients,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “As a certified primary stroke center in Amador County, we are excited to improve the quality and speed of our imaging technology.”
The CT scanner technology captures up to 64 simultaneous anatomical slices of 0.625 mm in a single rotation with precise images of rapidly moving organs like the heart and lungs. The radiation doses are minimized for the size and age of patients.
“We can now acquire images faster and process those images for improved diagnoses for our patients,” said Randall Earnest, manager of Diagnostic Imaging Center at Sutter Amador Hospital. “It is also helpful for examining patients who can’t hold their breath, such as trauma victims, young children and the extremely ill.”
Construction for the new CT scanner started in spring 2017 to make hospital improvements to accommodate the new machine and meet California guidelines. A temporary scanner was used during the construction so as not to disrupt patients and hospital services.
Sutter Amador Hospital completes roughly 200 CT scans a month and is the certified primary stroke center in Amador County.