Marshall Medical acquires CT scanner

Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Pictured with the new MDCT is Beth Methvin, lead CT tech at Marshall Medical Center. MMC has a total of 16 radiologic technologists with certifications that include CT, MRI, mammography, echocardiography, ultrasound and cardiovascular imaging.

Marshall Medical Center (MMC) has added a new, advanced 16-slice multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) scanner to its diagnostic center, according to CEO Gene Ragghianti.

"Offering this technology in our diagnostic center enables us to provide excellent patient care that benefits both patients and physicians," said Ragghianti. "We are proud to once again raise the level of excellence in the healthcare services offered to the residents of Marshall and surrounding counties."

MDCT creates a truly three-dimensional image rather than the one-dimensional image of earlier CT scanners, allowing physicians to quickly and accurately perform multiple diagnostic exams. These exams help diagnose disease or life-threatening illness such as stroke, pulmonary embolism, and aortic aneurysm. With the exceptional image quality, productivity, and reliability, physicians at MMC are now able to offer a higher level of quality to the community.

Dr. Livingston Brien, a radiologist and medical director for MMC's diagnostic center, said, "Our acquisition of the multidetector CT scanner increases our speed and accuracy in establishing the correct diagnosis of injuries and illnesses. This system is patient-friendly and its speed of producing accurate scans is current state-of-the-art technology."

The high resolution imaging capabilities of the MDCT allows physicians to gather important diagnostic information that may reduce the need for additional procedures. With advanced data processing features, patient information can be quickly shared with referring physicians, including three-dimensional (3-D) renderings of the carotid and renal arteries.

In addition to the MDCT, diagnostic imaging services at Marshall Medical Center include:

* 1.5 Tesla MRI

* ultrasound

* mammography

* nuclear medicine

* bone densitometry

* echocardiography

* cardiovascular imaging

* general x-ray

Many of the diagnostic images previously printed on film are now digital, utilizing the hospital's picture archival communications system (PACS). Board certified radiologists on the medical staff utilize this system to share diagnostic images with others involved in the patient's care via computer. Marshall Medical Center's diagnostic center is accredited by the American College of Radiology for mammography.