2004-04-16 / Community

PHC Gets New CT Scanner, Cuts Exam Time To Seconds

PHC Gets New CT Scanner, Cuts Exam Time To Seconds


PHC has installed the world’s fastest computed tomography (CT) system – the Toshiba Aquilion 16. Unprecedented speed means it can produce more precise images for more accurate diagnoses, and PHC can test even more patients a day for head and spine injuries, lung and liver disease, cancer, tumors and more.PHC has installed the world’s fastest computed tomography (CT) system – the Toshiba Aquilion 16. Unprecedented speed means it can produce more precise images for more accurate diagnoses, and PHC can test even more patients a day for head and spine injuries, lung and liver disease, cancer, tumors and more.

Peninsula Hospital Center has announced the acquisition of a computed tomography (CT) system – the Toshiba Aquilion 16 CT Scanner, the latest and very best technology available in our region.

Studies like chest exams, which used to take 20-30 minutes to perform, can now be completed in just 20 seconds at Peninsula Hospital Center. Not only is a speedy CT scan (also called a CAT scan) less taxing on patients, but it promises to greatly increase its exam capacity – which means more patients can be treated faster.

"Our local residents do not need to leave our community to have access to the best CT system available today," said Stanley Sprecher, M.D., Director of Imaging Services at PHC. "For trauma patients like auto accident victims, this technology can be lifesaving by providing better, more precise images of bones, organs and internal bleeding than older CT systems. For patients with blood clots, infections, and diseases like cancer, early diagnosis with the Aquilion can result in faster, more effective diagnosis and treatment."

The Aquilion 16 is equipped with multi-slice technology, which is among the first that is quick enough to capture images of the body’s rapidly moving organs like the heart and lungs, which appear blurry when scanned by traditional CTs. Multi-slice imaging also is especially useful for examining patients who are unable to hold their breath, like trauma victims, acutely ill patients and young children. This particular scanner has been awarded the Medical Imaging Product of the Year. "The Acquilion 16 offers a greater number of features than its competitors including weight capacity up to 450 pounds," said Richard Steinberg, M.D., Associate Director of Imaging Services. "This acquisition enables PHC to continue the tradition of excellence in Imaging Services."

CT scans performed at Peninsula Hospital Center are read and interpreted on-site by board certified radiologists. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm, and weekend hours are available upon request. For further information, or to make an appointment, please call (718) 734-2235.


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