Regional Health Rapid City Hospital Adds Advanced CT Scanner
Nov 17, 2017 11:19AM
Regional Health Rapid City Hospital celebrate the addition of a third CT scanner, an advanced a Siemens Somatom CT, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. From left: Wendy Meadows-Anderson, Jamie Madden, Jimmy Seward and Chris Hargens.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 17, 2017) – Regional Health Rapid City Hospital has installed a new advanced CT scanner, bringing the number of CT scanners to three in the hospital’s diagnostic arsenal. The addition of the new unit means better medical images, less radiation and quicker turnaround times for patients awaiting results.
“Demand for CT imaging has grown exponentially over the past five years. Lower radiation has increased the safety, and better technology has expanded its uses,” said Senior Director of Medical Imaging Services, Jamie Madden.
The addition of the third device, a Siemens Somatom CT, will reduce the turnaround time to complete CT-guided biopsies for suspected cancers in the lungs, liver and kidneys. Madden said the hospital’s goal is to deliver biopsy results in less than three days.
Computed tomography uses rotating X-ray camera technology and sophisticated software to produce three-dimensional views that can be manipulated electronically. Invented 45 years ago as an improvement on conventional X-rays, the CT has seen technology advances that mirror those of digital photography. The improved clarity means less time spent manipulating images to make an accurate diagnosis.
“It’s like moving from a Kodak Instamatic 110 to a 35mm camera, to digital photography,” Madden said. “Physicians love it.”
The Siemens Somatom CT's software and hardware combine to produce superior images with a much-lower dose of radiation, said radiologist David White, M.D. "This is a state-of-the-art CT scanner. It’s a tremendous investment in our community. It gives us an opportunity to see disease in ways that we were never able to do," he said.
From a patient’s perspective, a short turnaround time is important. A year ago, Denise Stover saw this in very human terms. Her mother was wracked with pain from an aggressive form of cancer in her abdomen and chest. Before chemotherapy could begin, she needed a CT-guided biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
The third CT unit was scheduled to be part of the expansion of the Emergency Department, which is underway. Given the current CT demand, however, Regional Health Leadership decided to put the new device to work right away. The CT will be moved to the new ED when construction is completed.