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Ibage A-16-Mason County Journal- Thursday, ~t, 30, 2014 q .1 s $ continued from page A- 1 doctors as they diagnose illnesses. CT scanners use X-rays to take images in virtual slices, producing a three-dimen- sional image. "Emergency rooms across the coun- try and even doctor offices have relied on ... CT to diagnose patients," Roscoe said. "Everyone gets a CT scan before going to the operating room." The Toshiba Prime 80 CT scanner was operational starting May 27, said hospital Imaging Director Mike Gray. The hospital purchased the machine for $800,000 with capital funds and money from the Mason General Hospi- tal Foundation, Gray said. According to Mason General Hospi- tal and Family of Clinics, the Hospital Foundation contributed $186,266 to the cost of the CT scanner from events such as Fantasy Forest. "It's not the Cadillac of the models but it's right up there with the current slice offering," Gray said. "Where it dif- ferentiates is the nuances." Those slices are the number of sec- tions of a patient scanned in a given area. The new scanner creates 80 millimeter slices over a 40-millimeter section of a patient's body. In comparison, the hospital's old scanner took 16 slices. "The patient gets more accurate scans," Gray said. "We can see more. We can look at details much better. Sixteen is pretty much the entry-level CT scanner." Because the images taken by the machine are so detailed, staff can re- duce the amount of radiation used to take an image by as much as 90 per- cent. "We're getting high resolution with Journal photo by Tom Hyde Mason General Hospital installed its new CT scanner in May. The scanner is faster and more accurate than its predecessor and allows the hospital to use less radiation. It also accommodates larger patients, with a wider opening and a table strong enough to hold 660 pounds. half the dose," Gray said. tide of utilization," Roscoe said. In some cases, the dose of radiation The new scanner also has a higher can be reduced even further, patient-weight limit and a larger open- For example, because the human ing. chest is primarily filled with air, Ros- The new scanner can accommo- coe said doctors can use 10 percent of date patients weighing up to 660 the dose of radiation they would use pounds but has been weight-tested with the former CT scanner, at closer to 1,200 pounds, staff said. ..... For abdominal scans, they can use The scanner also has a larger 78-inch 30 percent to 50 percent less radiation opening, compared to a 70-inch open- than' before, he said. ing before. CT scans are so common, Roscoe If a patient's stomach touches the said, that they have surpassed radon opening, it can distort the image, Ros- gas as the No. I way people are exposed coe said. The new machine accommo- to radiation, dates both heavier and physically larg- "We haven't been able to stem the er patients. "This is where the scanner shines," Gray said. The old scanner had a weight limit of 440 pounds but could rarely handle pa- tients weighing more than 350 pounds. "We broke that all the time," Roscoe said. "Reliability is a huge deal with the CT scanner. We did have to turn people away." The new machine also scans pa- tients and reconstructs the images faster, Roscoe said. "Before they get the patient off the table, I'm able to look at the picture," he said. The faster scans also lead to fewer errors. "If the subject moves during the ex- posure ... that's significant. You can eliminate a nodule that could be lung cancer from moving," Roscoe said. "Even if the patient is being perfectly still, the heart's beating." However, a patient's minor move- ments are now less of an issue, he said. "We are thrilled to be able to put our patients first by being able to offer our patients a faster scan time with bet- ter resolution and less radiation," said Scott Hilburn, Mason County Hospital District 1 commissioner. The hospital's 18-month-old open MRI has also been a marked improve- ment and is often used up to seven times a day, staff said. The word is getting out about Mason General's high-tech imaging depart- ment. In the months after the new scanner was installed, other hospitals began sending patients to Shelton for their CT scans and MRIs, staff said. "It's a nice switch," Gray said. "We like that." Studded Tires Are Legal in Washington State Starting St November I through St March 31,2015 Brakesl 3E' 18271 Hwy 3.. Allyn m (360) 275 0405 / Automotive Services Find US on: facebook e Engine Oil Change Transmission Service & Repair Timing Belts * Water Pumps = Power Steering = Brakes I Suspension Air Conditioning I Tune-Ups*Tires I 31 E. VANCE CT. .... / I We'll take the HOtrlr OR out of Auto Repatrs|ll We fix GJ"o:-11rli r ]l, Vehlcleslll Ckec:k Out our Monthly ~l|pecclal,,llli ~ppro~ uto