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High Point Regional Offers Maximum Quality, Minimal Radiation With New 64-Slice CT Scanner


Image quality, patient safety and a concerted effort to deliver the lowest radiation exposure possible are key criteria when High Point Regional Health evaluates diagnostic imaging equipment.  After thorough research, High Point Regional chose a second Siemens 64 slice CT scanner with the latest technology for the Emergency Department.

While all major CT equipment manufacturers have recently begun introducing new dose reduction technologies, Siemens has differentiated itself through its consistent contributions of dose reduction technologies for CT since the early 1990s.  

High Point Regional is one of the few hospitals in the state to use Siemens high-definition, low-dose CT scanner.  The scanner’s advanced software automatically adapts the radiation dose to the size and shape of the patient to obtain the most optimal imaging. The scanner has a larger opening with a table weight capacity of 660 lbs. to accommodate larger patients.

“This CT scanner is part of our mission to provide exceptional imaging services to our community,” said Diane O’Connell, director of imaging services.  “Medical images diagnose a wide variety of conditions more accurately than ever. Early detection of cancer and other diseases along with the ability to monitor the efficacy of treatment are essential to health care”.

CT or CAT scans, also known as Computed Tomography, take a series of X-ray slices of the body to build a 3-D internal image.  Since its introduction in the 1970s, CT has become an important tool in medical imaging. More recently CT can be used for preventive medicine and screening for disease such as CT colonography and full-motion heart scans.  

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