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Syringa Hospital installs new CT scanner

GRANGEVILLE — Syringa Hospital and Clinics (SHC) recently announced the acquisition and installation of a new state-of-the-art 64 row, 128 slice Toshiba CT scanner. Using Toshiba’s newest technology (AIDR 3D and VELO CT software), the upgrade will result in the lowest radiation dose capabilities in northern Idaho and, at a minimum, matches the low dose CT systems in the Spokane area.

This new system reduces the radiation dose to the patient by more than 50 percent, pediatric scans by up to 80 percent, and decreases time to perform the exam by 65 percent or more from the current scanner at SHC. The 128 slice CT creates a radiation dose protocol specific to the patient and exam, helping to eliminate unnecessary exposure.

SHC’s current four slice scanner was installed in July 2003.

This project was funded by several means. Secured funding has been provided by the SHC Auxiliary, the SHC Foundation, and a $225,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The remainder of the project is funded by the SHC equipment budget for 2014 and expected increased revenue associated with the project during the next two years.

The 128 slice CT scanner will reside in the same location with minor improvements to the facilities to accommodate the system. The project timeline is set to begin Feb. 18 and continue through Feb. 28; it is expected to be ready for use on March 1.

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