PCH Improves Services With New CT-Scanner

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Pictured making the announcement were, from left: James Magee, executive director of Piggott Community Hospital, Butch Holliday, district representative for Toshiba Medical Systems and Dr. J.T. Dewitt, wound care and ER doctor at the hospital.(courtesy photo)

In an effort to make CT scans as safe and accurate as possible for patients, Piggott Community Hospital has acquired a 3D scanner which features Toshiba's newest dose reduction technology. "Toshiba's AIDR 3D reduces radiation dose, this means safer exams for our patients while improving the quality of images physicians need for diagnosis," said James Magee, executive director at PCH. "This helps our hospital provide the best possible patient care."

"For our radiology staff, this is a great improvement," added Suzie Countzler, director of radiology. "It is rewarding to be able to offer advanced imaging in our unit. Plus, we have the assurance of knowing that we can offer the doctors much better service. They are our customers, too."

"This is also an amazing improvement for our ARSaves Stroke Prevention Program and our visiting cardiologist and cardiovascular surgeon," said Magee. "The advancement in capability will allow them to order tests at our hospital and get superior results while saving our patients a trip to another city for testing."

Butch Holliday, district representative for Toshiba, explained to a group of physicians and advanced practice nurses who gathered at the hospital Tuesday that changes in technology and the economy of the industry make it possible for community hospitals to be able to lease advanced equipment for even less price than older models. The technology offers significant system enhancements by reducing radiation doses compared with conventional scanning. It also reduces noise while maintaining quality.

According to Holliday, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of diagnostic imaging systems and solutions such as CT, X-ray, vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI systems, as well as information systems.

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