SOUTH Gippsland Radiology, based at Foster’s South Gippsland Hospital, took delivery of a state-of-the-art CT scanner shortly before Christmas.
The GE Optima CT520 series scanner replaces an earlier model GE scanner and comes with a lot more bells and whistles!
“It has the best dose-saving technology,” said radiographer Mikaelah Neilson, who works with Francis Sullivan at his private imaging practice. “We have already noticed improvements in the dosage levels we need to use, and less radiation makes it safer for the person having the scan.”
The scanner shows the body in cross-section, revealing both soft tissue and bone. It is useful for oncology and stroke patients as well as for people concerned they may have a fracture.
Francis Sullivan said that the image quality of the new scanner is a great improvement on the old machine, too.
“The new scanner allows us to expand an already comprehensive service,” he said.
A bonus is that it works particularly well with the injector which was purchased with money raised by the hospital auxiliary.
“It’s staggering technology,” said Francis. “It can even do dental scans. Here in South Gippsland we are now on a level with major hospitals as far as CT scanning is concerned. People don’t have to travel out of the district to access top-of-the-range technology.”