New 320-Slice CT Scanner Puts Mather Hospital at the Forefront of Imaging Technology on Long Island
June 13, 2011
Mather Hospital today held a ribbon-cutting for its new state-of-the-art Toshiba Aquilion ONE 320-Slice CT Scanner, the most advanced CT scanner available on Long island and the only one located at a community hospital.
The Aquilion ONE can produce detailed three-dimensional images of the heart, brain and other internal organs with a single rotation of the x-ray tube, reducing radiation dosage, the amount of contrast (dyes) needed and the time patients spend on the table. Other scanners need to take multiple images that are then “stitched??? together, which in some cases expose patients to more x-ray radiation and require more contrast.
Speed and image clarity are critical, particularly with patients suspected of having a stroke. Mather’s new CT scanner will allow radiologists to analyze the flow of blood through vessels in the brain in real time and determine whether there is blockage and Mather’s neurologists and emergency physicians to quickly administer lifesaving treatment.
“Mather Hospital is on a quest to become the best community hospital in New York State. Today marks another milestone in our pursuit of excellence,??? said Mather President Kenneth Roberts. “As the first community hospital on Long Island to have a 320-slice CT scanner, we anticipate further growth for our Imaging Services Department and Mather becoming the imaging facility of choice for physicians and patients.???
The scanner represents a major commitment by Mather Hospital to its communities, its physicians and staff, and to its goal of becoming the best community hospital in New York State. The $1.8 million system was purchased in part with a $445,000 federal legislative appropriations grant that U. S. Rep. Timothy Bishop helped secure, which represents more than 24 percent of the cost of the system. Mather also received $260,000 toward the scanner purchase from the principle component of the John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Perpetual Trust, and a $231,000 donation from Mather’s Auxiliary representing the proceeds of its various fundraising activities.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.
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