Rockingham General Hospital Medical Imaging Department boasts latest in CT scanning technology


Medical Imaging Technologist Megan Maguire with the new scanner.
Medical Imaging Technologist Megan Maguire with the new scanner.

THE Rockingham General Hospital Medical Imaging Department now boasts the latest in CT scanning technology.

Chief Medical Imaging Technologist Rowan Lambert said the hospital’s newly installed 256-slice CT was clearer, faster and quieter than previous technology.

“This next generation technology also significantly reduces the patient’s radiation dose,” he said.

A problem area for CT scanners is the interference caused by metal implants such as hip replacements, making the images less clear.

“The new scanner’s metal reduction software gives a much more detailed view, not previously possible on our 64 slice CT scanner,” Mr Lambert said.

The unit also has an increased weight capacity and wider bore, allowing the department to scan more bariatric patients who would have previously been transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital.

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