May 31, 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654
Tuality Healthcare, western Washington County’s leading health care provider, recently unveiled an advanced piece of equipment that puts it at the forefront of CT scanning procedures in the Pacific Northwest.
The new Philips Ingenuity 128 channel CT scanner™ offers incredible high resolution X-ray images for viewing by radiologists, as well as lower doses of radiation for the patient. Only two of the machines are in use in the Pacific Northwest – one at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro and the other at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
This new scanner is state-of-the-art, featuring iDose4 technology, which allows for higher resolution X-ray image production at lower radiation levels. The scanner uses X-ray and produces 128-slice segments of the human body as the patient moves through the machine’s opening, or gantry. The rotating X-ray device sends a beam through the patient, which absorbs into organs, tissue and bone to produce internal images of the human body.
Patients will benefit from this new technology because it is safe, efficient, and capable of diagnosing disease at its early stages. CT scanners use radiation because of the higher quality in the image and resolution. With this new scanner, Tuality Healthcare joins a nationwide trend among hospitals to lower CT radiation dosage levels for patients.
Compared to older 16 channel scanners, the new Philips Ingenuity is revolutionary.
“What happens when you move from a 16-slice scanner to a 128 is that the area covered and information gathered by the detectors is larger,” said Dave Foster, Tuality’s director of diagnostic imaging. “Anytime you take less time to do a scan you normally reduce radiation dose and you also improve image resolution.” With 128 channels, diagnostic imaging personnel can analyze larger sections of the human body faster with much higher quality images. After the patient is prepped, the CT scan takes 5 minutes, making for a safe, quick process.
“It’s a great opportunity for Tuality to have purchased a brand new Philips scanner of this caliber,” said Doug Minnick, Tuality’s lead CT Technologist. With this scanner, Tuality Healthcare leads the way in safe, low dose CT technology in the Pacific Northwest.
“I think it’s important for patients to know we are providing the lowest dose possible. That we are thinking about them and their safety,” said Foster.