Radiographer Tracey Maughan with the upgraded CT scanner
Blue Mountains Medical Imaging boost
08 Dec 2021
Medical Imaging services at Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital have received a boost with an upgrade to the hospital’s CT scanner enabling more patients to receive assessment at their local hospital.
Improvements to the CT scanner include capability to scan patients up to 300 kilograms, scan brain perfusions and perform cardiac CT scans.
Importantly, the scanner upgrade has also improved patient safety by significantly reducing the radiation dose delivered during each scan.
Now online and in operation, the scanner upgrade occurred over a two-week period last month.
The CT scanner was offline during the upgrade and alternate arrangements were made for patients requiring a scan.
General Manager of Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital, Dr Elizabeth Harford says the upgrade has helped ensure that Blue Mountains residents continue to have access to a high quality medical imaging service at their local hospital.
“We understand how important it is that the community can receive their care locally. For us, that includes ensuring patients have fast access to diagnosis and treatment through our medical imaging service,” Dr Harford says.
“The improved capabilities of the upgraded CT scanner help ensure we can accommodate the imaging needs of more of our patients.”
The medical imaging team have undertaken training for use of the upgraded scanner, however patients are advised that some processes may be slower than usual as staff continue to familiarise themselves with the new system.
“I’d like to acknowledge the great work of our medical imaging department and thank our community for their patience during this upgrade process,” Dr Harford says.