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Thames Hospital gets a new CT Scanner

L-R:Rodger Clark, medical radiation technologist, Thames Hospital, Glenn Coltman – director of Radiology, Waikato District Health Board, Zubayr Zaman – clinical director of CT, Waikato District Health Board

Thames Hospital celebrated the launch of a new CT scanner with a blessing today (25 September). The new CT scanner installed at Thames Hospital starts scanning patients from this Monday. This is great news for local Thames/Coromandel patients who require a CT scan. Services are now closer to home and they will no longer have to travel to Waikato Hospital for complex scans.

The new CT scanner replaces a scanner which was 10 plus years old and had a limited range of diagnostic procedures.

Previously over half the people from the Thames area who required a CT scan had to travel to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton because the old machine wasn’t capable of the complex scanning those patients required. That travel is no longer necessary.  Ironically some people in Hamilton may now choose to travel to Thames get their scans done in a more timely way.

Clinical director Thames Hospital Dr Ruth Large is so excited that this technology is coming to Thames.

“We have put up with the old one for a while now and it is fair to say it is near the end of its working life,” said Dr Large.

“The new scanner will give us the opportunity to have much better diagnostic tools closer to our community. It is so much better to keep patients closer to home.”

“We will also be able to scan patients much quicker than before which improves flow and demand from the different services using the CT scanner at Thames Hospital.”

The Phillips’ Ingenuity CT scanner with latest technology, includes higher resolution images with lower radiation doses and is one of the very first and few systems of its kind in New Zealand.

The new CT scanner at Thames Hospital is the first part of a multi-million dollar project to upgrade four CT scanners this year. Two of these other CTs are operated by the DHB’s Radiology service from their base at Waikato Hospital. The final one, which will be upgraded early in 2018, is used exclusively by the Oncology service at Waikato Hospital to plan treatment for cancer patients.

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