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St. Mary's Invests in "Smarter" CT Scanner
St. Mary’s Medical Center has added a new, 128-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner—the only one like it in Kansas City area. The new CT scan has several advantages over older-model CT scans. It provides higher-quality images with as much as a 40 percent reduction in the radiation dose and uses less contrast for exams.
The scanner, General Electric’s Optima 660, provides fast, high quality imaging that will be used in many clinical areas including interventional radiology, cardiology, neurology, oncology, vascular—even routine CT. It can scan the entire body in just eight seconds. It allows physicians a non-invasive way to see inside the body—showing a 3-D image.
“The new scanner will give us the best view we’ve ever had of the body,” says James Bergh, MD, Interventional Radiologist at St. Mary’s Medical Center. “And it does it faster, with less radiation and less contrast. Plus, it’s easier to use.”