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Hospital boasts state-of-the-art scanner

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

You haven’t been feeling well.  Your doctor orders you to visit a hospital for a CT (computed tomography) scan for some tests.  In the past, that could mean a trip to Logan or Ogden and a prolonged session in an uncomfortable environment.

Well, now that visit can take place quickly and comfortably right here in Tremonton at the Bear River Valley Hospital.

Bret G. Rohde, radiology manager at the hospital, announced the recent purchase and installation of a state-of-the-art CT scanner that rivals any in the state of Utah.  The multi-slice scanner has four times as many detectors as the traditional type, which means it can gather high-resolution images of the heart, brain or lungs in about five seconds.  A full body scan can take about 30 seconds.  That means a 40 to 50 percent reduction in scanning time, which is a plus when it comes to patient comfort and convenience.

Rohde said CT imaging uses highly sophisticated X-ray equipment to obtain image information from tissue and organs, giving the physician a good overall picture of the body.  It can reveal even diminutive bones, as well as immediate tissues, such as muscle and blood vessels, making it invaluable in diagnosing and treating spinal problems and injuries to affected skeletal structures.  The scanner may even eliminate the need for future tests or invasive procedures.

The newest addition to the hospital’s arsenal of medical technology has been in operation for about three weeks, Rohde said, and has already been put to use by area doctors.  With an enhanced table equipped with automatic positioning and advanced application for dynamic imaging, the scanner is a welcomed tool that combines unrivaled image quality with remarkable speed.

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