New equipment brings benefits to patients

By Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

CROWLEY – The Radiology Department of American Legion Hospital in Crowley has recently received new CT scan machine. This machine enables the technicians who work with this type of machinery to keep up with ongoing technology. Glenn Dailey, Erin Suiter and Jerad Langley, who work in the department, are enthusiastic about the benefits it has brought to their patients.

The Toshiba 32 Slice Scanner provides allows technicians to produce high-definition, 3-D images for the most accurate detection and evaluation of everything form traumatic injuries to cancer tumors. This machine also has the ability to perform CT colonographies, which are comparable to a colonoscopy.

Suiter and Langley, recently traveled to California for a week of schooling to learn about the new machine, followed by a week of training with a specialist in the Crowley hospital.

The two stressed that they have used 3-D construction to view such things as broken bones, rather than through a typical x-ray, has lead to faster and more efficient treatment of many patients, while reducing a patient’s exposure to radiation.

“The angiography of the machine is definitely faster and more efficient. We have been able to diagnose more thoroughly and quickly, therefore reducing the amount of each patient’s wait time,” the two agreed.

“We are also able to send a disk, rather than x-rays, to the referring physicians, which also is a great benefit,” added Dailey.

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