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Banner Washakie Medical Center: New Imaging Technology Improves Patient Safety

To make a certain type of medical imaging exam as fast, safe and accurate as possible for patients, Washakie Medical Center has installed the Siemens Somatom Definition AS64-slice CT system.

The technology provides faster exams at as low as reasonably achievable radiation doses. In addition, it produces high-quality images that care providers need to accurately diagnose an illness or injury.

“The new CAT scanner is state-of-the-art technology with significant improvements in speed and reduction of radiation dose,” said radiologist John Bramble, MD. “The speed improves care of emergency patients. The latest technologies to reduce radiation dose makes the CAT scan an even safer test.”

Computed tomography, or CT scans are imaging tests in which a part of the body is X-rayed from different angles. The images are combined by a computer to produce cross-sectional pictures of internal organs. Washakie Medical Center had a 16-slice CT scanner. This new unit will produce 64 slices, which allows physicians to see more detail for even better detection of illness or injury.

“This is another example of Banner Health’s investment in technology that helps us provide the highest level of care to our patients locally,” said hospital chief executive officer Jay Stallings. “Physicians can be confident when referring patients to us rather than sending them out of town for medical imaging procedures that those patients will benefit from the best technology as well as the most compassionate caregivers.”

Washakie Medical Center is a county-owned hospital in Worland, WY, operated by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems with 29 hospitals in seven states. The hospital offers expanding technology to meet the needs of the Big Horn Basin residents.

October 20, 2015