Cape Cod Healthcare recently announced the installation of five new CT units at their two Cape hospitals. According to a CCH release, two of the General Electric Optima® CT660 units were installed at Falmouth Hospital in Falmouth and three were installed at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
CT, or computed tomography units combine x-ray and computer technology and are often able to get to the source of a health issue not easily detected by a routine physical. In addition to high resolution imagining, the CT660s feature ASiR® low-dose technology meaning, patients will be exposed to lower doses of radiation during the scans.
"Patients will be comforted to know that the CT experience at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital is more comfortable and safer, with the same high-quality results that we have provided in the past," said Cape Cod Healthcare President & CEO Michael K. Lauf.
The CT660s are designed for patient comfort and in addition to the lower radiation doses, allow for patients to have to hold their breath for a shorter period of time during scans.
CT scans are performed on patients that are sick or injured and often detect issues that could not be found through ultrasound, x-ray and MRI scans. According to MayoClinic.org, CT scans are particularly beneficial when examining patients with internal injuries or other trauma.