December 6, 2012

Wayne Medical Center offers patients new CT scanning options                                 

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — An upgrade in computed tomography (CT) technology at Wayne Medical Center (WMC) is enabling physicians to obtain clearer images of the body at improved scanning speed, according to WMC Imaging Director Franklin Cole.

Installation of a SOMATOM Definition AS 20-slice CT was completed at WMC in November. The 20-slice CT is a replacement for the medical center’s 4-slice scanner.

A CT scan uses X-rays combined with a computer to capture multiple cross-sectional images, or "slices" in rapid sequence, similar to slices from a loaf of bread. These images let the radiologist see the bones and soft tissues within the body more clearly.

The new CT scanner at WMC features the innovative FAST CARE platform, recognized for optimizing exam speed, image quality and radiation dose exposure to maximize clinical outcomes. Additionally, the system helps achieve outstanding images at a lower dose through its innovative Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE) features.

The new technology allows imaging professionals at WMC to obtain exceptional quality images with the lowest dose of radiation possible, a feature especially important when imaging children. In addition, the scanner offers a 78-cm gantry bore, providing more room for patients.

Physicians can use the Definition AS images to help make faster diagnoses in emergency and acute care settings, particularly in examining patients with acute chest pain, abdominal pain and suspicion of stroke.

WMC’s Radiology Department is staffed with skilled personnel who possess imaging expertise in the areas of CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound and bone densitometry. The expertise of a board-certified radiologist is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

In addition, WMC offers a variety of wellness screenings, including CT screenings to detect cancer, gallstones and kidney stones. CT wellness screenings are offered to individuals 50 years of age and older. There are three scans available—the lungs, the abdominal area and the pelvic area. A physician’s order is not required for screening exams. For more information on fees and scheduling, call 931.722.5411, extension 2060.