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Low-dose 64-Slice Computerized Axial Tomography (CT scan)
Mercy Regional Medical Center has upgraded its computed tomography (CT) scanner with technology that will lower the radiation dose to patients while maintaining the ability to capture high quality images of bodily structures. The upgrade makes Mercy's among the first "low-dose" CT scanners in the Four Corners region.
The new technology, GE's ASiRTM (Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction), is an advanced image reconstruction technique that makes it possible to reduce radiation dose to patients by up to 40 percent without compromising the quality of the image, which is especially beneficial for children and young adults who are more susceptible to harm from excessive radiation exposure.
Computed tomography is a diagnostic exam that may be used to help diagnose illness or injury when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable with a conventional physical examination. Mercy's GE LightSpeed® VCT 64-slice scanner uses multiple X-rays to capture a series of highly detailed anatomical images in very thin cross-sections, or "slices." Mercy's CT scanner can capture up to 64 images with each complete rotation of the X-ray beam around a patient. Using computers, the slices can be reconstructed into three-dimensional renderings of bodily structures such as organs, blood vessels, or bones.
Mercy Regional Medical Center CT staff is CT certified and specially trained and experienced. On average, we perform more than 8,000 exams per year. CT staff members also participate in 24 hours of continuing education every two years. CT scans at Mercy are read by board-certified radiologists who work at Mercy Regional Medical Center.
Procedures may be scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Staff technologists are on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, every day.
Please call (970) 764-2200 to contact a CT representative.
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