Fayette Medical Center deploys state-of-the-art CT scanner


FAYETTE, AL — The head of the DCH Health System announced Tuesday the addition of a new 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner at Fayette Medical Center.

To expand its capabilities, the scanner creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images per rotation, which can reduce scanning times to 15 seconds.

The hospital system also said the new CT scanner tracks and reduces patient radiation exposure. while producing higher quality images from scans of patients who have surgically placed metal devices.

“Medical technology and equipment change rapidly,” Fayette Medical Center administrator Donald Jones said. “Rural hospitals struggle to afford capital investment for new equipment. I am happy that our establishment was able to invest in modernizing our CT diagnostic unit. I am grateful that our physicians, patients, and community can access state-of-the-art medical equipment, including this brand new CT equipment, right here in Fayette County at Fayette Medical Center.”

Jones explained that the one-touch capability of the new GE 64-slice scanner allows technologists to select patient information and protocols directly from the scanner itself. It would also have the ability to reproduce images that had to be generated manually in the past.

John Files, director of imaging services at Fayette Medical Center, also said the new technology will speed up scan times and ultimately provide a more comfortable experience for patients.

“The equipment allows us to scan the whole body in seconds compared to the minutes it would take with the previous machine,” he said.

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