Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

New Medical Imaging Quality

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

New Medical Imaging Quality

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ON THE eve of World Radiography Day, the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has announced its brand new $1.5 million CT scanner facility has started operation at Bundaberg Hospital.

WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said the new CT Scanner offered a quality and standard of local medical imaging that would be in line with the world's best.

"This scanner is significantly faster than the previous machine, provides images with greater detail and accuracy, emits lower radiation doses, improves patient comfort and offers new clinical applications," he said.

"Those improvements in the quality of the medical imaging will allow doctors to make more informed decisions on patient care and treatment."

The technical capabilities of the new scanner offer a wider range of medical imaging services than were previously available.

"The new scanner can image entire organs in a single rotation that only takes 0.35 seconds and a single scan produces 640 high resolution images," WBHHS director of medical imaging Michael Samuel said.

"The dynamic volume capability enables the scanner to capture both anatomy and function, which helps physicians diagnose heart attack and stroke with a single, comprehensive scan. …

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