Regional Hospital beefs up cancer detection with new scanner

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Rapid City Regional Hospital added a $1.8 million CT scanner to their imaging department.

They've had the scanner since this past summer, so they were able to use it for the Sturgis rally, but Thursday was the ribbon cutting ceremony.

This is the fourth CT scanner of its kind to be installed in the nation and the only one in the state, called the Siemens Somatom CT.

Before this addition, the hospital only had two scanners and the waiting list was around two weeks to get an appointment as a patient.

“What it really provides is reduced radiation times, less scan time on the table, faster scanning so patients that are uncomfortable on the table aren’t on the table as long,” says Senior Director of Medical Imaging, Jamie Madden. “The biggest payoff for us is same day access.”

This machine will be able to detect cancer in the lungs, liver, kidneys, and other places around the body.