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DHM installs state-of-the-art CT scanner

Doctors Hospital of Manteca took delivery of a Siemens 128-slice CT scanner this week.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin/


POSTED January 18, 2018 1:23 a.m.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca — in a bid to offer patients cutting edge medical care — has invested $1.3 million for a state-of-art 128 slice Computer Tomography (CT) scanner.
The device delivered this week to the North Street medical facility means Doctors Hospital will be able to:
uproduce images of the human body with twice the resolution and speed of the most advanced single-source CT systems.
ureduce patient exposures to radiation by as much as 50 percent. The CT scanner has the ability to adjust doses depending upon the patient’s size whether it is a young child or a larger adult.
uprovide even more information due to the higher resolution compared to the 64-slice scanner it is replacing. That will further reduce the need for possible invasive surgery when making treatment decisions.
uallow the hospital to other more services such as being a  qualified stroke center reducing the need to send patients to other hospitals as they have had to do with some procedures.
ureduce issues related to scanning metal implants in the body that creates a blurry overcast on the area around it that hampers making precise diagnoses.
uaccommodate larger patients up to 500 pounds — compared to 320 pounds in the previous CT. It is a big plus given the growing popularity of Doctors Hospital as a facility for performing bariatric weight loss procedures.
udrastically reduce the time technicians need to do their work.
usend digital images directly to radiologists to review
The decision is purchase the scanner and remodel space to accommodate was made in a bid to keep Doctors Hospital of Manteca at the forefront of patient care. It is unusual for a hospital the size of DHM serving a community the size of Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop to have a 128-slice SCT canner.
“It has great image quality,” Jim Morrell, director of Imaging Services at Doctors Hospital told Manteca Rotarians during their meeting last week at Ernie’s Rendezvous Room.
Morrell noted that in 2017 there were 8,780 patients that used CT scanning services at Doctors Hospital. That included 2,024 inpatients and 6,756 outpatients.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

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