June 21, 2007



COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Hospital (MRH) announced today that it has acquired a new, state-of-the-art, CT imaging system from GE Healthcare. The LightSpeed® VCT is the world’s first Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) system. MRH now offers an innovative way for its physicians to obtain the information they need to diagnose diseases and life-threatening illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and chest pain. MRH’s physicians are now able to capture images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, an organ in one second, and perform whole body trauma in ten seconds, more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners.

“Our new Volume CT system allows our physicians to perform new and enhanced procedures and obtain the information they need to diagnose patients who are suffering from chest pain or stroke,” said Director of Imaging Pam Williams. “Volume CT is patient friendly.  Fast scans can help reduce patient stress and anxiety, and some of the volume CT procedures can be done in only one simple exam.”

MRH will immediately begin utilizing the new LightSpeed VCT to diagnose stroke. Once a stroke occurs, it is commonly believed that treatment must be delivered within an hour or less to ensure the best outcome for the patient. The LightSpeed VCT offers MRH the speed and resolution required for rapid imaging of the brain. This enables physicians to make a quick diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment while reducing the number of exams a patient may need to undergo.

In the future, they will also use the LightSpeed VCT to conduct cardiac evaluation. Physicians at MRH will be able to capture images of the whole heart and coronary arteries in just five heartbeats—providing clearer images of cardiovascular anatomy and a shorter breath hold for sick and elderly patients. Three primary causes of mortality in patients with chest pain are aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and coronary artery disease.  The LightSpeed VCT will provide physicians with an advanced tool to help them rule out (or in) these three individual causes of patient’s chest pain through a single quick scan.

In a single rotation, the LightSpeed VCT creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient’s anatomy for the physicians at MRH to analyze. From these images, physicians can view such things as blockages in the coronary arteries, as well as the motion and pumping action of a patient’s heart.

“We’re breaking barriers in speed and accuracy of patient exams and are now able to offer new and enhanced diagnostic procedures thanks to our new LightSpeed VCT,” stated Dr. Gary Podgorski, a radiologist on the medical staff at MRH. “The patients in southern Middle Tennessee will greatly benefit from this innovation.  We’re excited to be the first to offer this medical technology in the area.”



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