Rapid City, SD A lot of folks in recent years have experienced a CT or Computed Tomography scanner for one reason or another. This technology can give physicians a look inside the body that shows more detail than an X-ray.
Rapid City Regional Health recently purchased a new state of the art machine -- and gave us an inside look at just how technology has progressed in medical imaging.... in Thursday's edition of Health Watch.
Cory Holmes, Rapid City Regional Hospital Medical Imaging manager says, "So a CT machine uses radiation that allows physicians to look inside patients' body in a cross-sectional anatomy way and it also allows us to look at the internal organs in a 3-D aspect.
The Siemens Somatom is the fourth Ct scanner in the United States that offers state of the art imaging it offers the patient less radiation and it gives us faster turn around time so our patients and providers can give the reports to our patients in a timely manner.
Once the patient comes into our hospital they are checked in at the front admissions desk and then they are brought into our waiting room. The CT technologist will take the patient, bring them into the room, if the patient needs IV contrast then an IV will be started, and then they are laid down on the table and they will be scanned and the scan time takes about 5 to 10 minutes. This scanner can scan from head to toe.
So Regional Health's vision is to become one of the best health care systems in the nation and by receiving this machine, it allows us to com one step closer to becoming that.
This CT Machine cost us 1 point 8 million dollars and when we pitched this idea to our leadership they were very supportive and within a short period of time they gave us the approval to move forward with this scanner
With the addition of this scanner it also allowed us to open up our out-patient schedule on the weekends and in the evenings we've also done the same thing in our MRI department
So this machine has not only brought in state of the art imaging with decreased radiation to our patients it's also allowed us to open up our schedule so we are able to get patients in a quicker and timelier manner."