LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls area residents and their physicians now have access to the latest diagnostic technology, thanks to the installation of a computerized tomography scanner at St. Gabriel's Hospital.
Dr. Kevin Smith, medical director for the Imaging Department at St. Gabriel's Hospital, said the CT is a great enhancement to the imaging services at the hospital.
"The new multi-detector CT is a major upgrade from what was available in the past," Smith said in a news release. "The image quality and resolution are tremendous, allowing us to better see and differentiate abnormalities."
Smith said in some cases a lesion that may have been unclear previously may be confirmed to be benign or appear more suspicious (possibly requiring a biopsy).
"In either scenario, the patient is treated appropriately and less time is wasted," Smith said. "The scanner is 32 times faster than the old scanner, which can be of great importance in emergency room cases when time is of the essence. Also, because it is so fast, previous cases which would have been uninterpretable because of patient motion (which blurs the images) can now be interpreted."
The new scanner will allow for new CT-based procedures such as CT angiography, which allows radiologists to look for arterial narrowing or aneurysms without having to put a catheter directly into the artery.
Other procedures now available include CT coronary angiography, coronary artery calcium scoring, virtual colonography and high-resolution 3D imaging.
The imaging department at St. Gabriel's Hospital will be conducting an open house featuring the CT tentatively planned for August.
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