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February 5th, 2014 by Temple City Tribune
Methodist Hospital, in its ongoing efforts to provide patient care in a safe environment, on Thursday dedicated its new state-of-the-art H. N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation & John Stauffer Charitable Trust CT Imaging Suite.
The Aquilion One features advanced dose-reduction and image-processing software, ensuring an “image safely” environment, according to American College of Radiology guidelines for preventing unwarranted radiation exposure.
The world’s most powerful X-ray imaging system, the Aquilion One provides high-resolution images quickly and with the lowest possible dose of radiation. This 320-slice CT scanner can produce 4D images of the body’s organs in less than a heartbeat – right here at Methodist Hospital, and physicians and staff are excited about the possibilities.
“Our acquisition of this system reflects Methodist Hospital’s long-standing commitment to improving patient safety,” President and CEO Dan Ausman said.
Special guests at the ceremony included Chris McGuire, vice president, programs, and director of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, and Tim Gosney and Michael Whalen, trustees of the John Stauffer Charitable Trust.
State Sen. Ed Hernandez, OD, of District 49, presented a certificate of commendation to the hospital. Also presenting certificates were representatives from the offices of U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblyman Ed Chau and Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Arcadia City Council Member Robert Harbicht and Arcadia Chamber of Commerce President Arlynn Robinson also presented certificates to the hospital in recognition of its commitment to the community.
The new technology delivers the best image quality available while using the absolutely lowest possible, safest dose of radiation. This provides for ideal patient care, including state-of-the-art imaging and the dynamic volume CT scanner, able to acquire 16 cm of anatomy in a single rotation. This ability to acquire an entire organ, such as the heart or brain, with one volume scan opens the door to a whole new world of diagnostic possibilities.
Featuring the fastest acute stroke work-up – 4.5 minutes – far ahead of the community standard of 18-20 minutes, the system also features the innovative Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction (AIDR) technology and can capture both anatomical and functional data at the same time. This system allows the correct patient protocol to be selected, based on the patient’s age, weight and exam type. The dose is displayed on the console before scanning so the operator can confirm and validate.
A Hospital CT Tech, Jeff, shows Beacon Media the newest acquisition to Methodist’s diagnostic resources. -Photo by Terry Miller