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BMSH only hospital in region with 128-slice CT

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A breakthrough in computed tomography (CT) technology is enabling physicians at Bay Medical Sacred Heart (BMSH) to obtain clearer images of the body and make timelier diagnoses.
BMSH is the first hospital in the region to offer the SOMATOM Definition ™ AS CT scanner with the innovative FAST CARE platform. This high level technology, which represents a $1 million-plus investment by the hospital, provides clearer images, faster scan times and reduces the amount of radiation exposure to patients.
The system helps achieve outstanding images at a lower dose through its innovative Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE) features. The FAST CARE technology has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the industry’s most effective solution for optimizing exam speed, image quality and radiation dose exposure in CT imaging.

The capabilities of the 128-slice CT scanner enable physicians at BMSH to examine patients of all sizes.

Radiologist Dr. Robert Bain, cardiologists Dr. Amir Haghighat and Dr. Samir Patel and cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Greg England praised the leadership of Bay Medical Sacred Heart for making this investment in the community.

“The hospital is investing in our community and in our patients,” said Dr. Amir Haghighat. “This $1 million investment provides the best imaging anywhere. In embarking on this new technology, Bay Medical Sacred Heart said ‘we believe in the future.’ They have invested up front to grow this service line.”

Dr. Greg England likened the new technology to the highest definition TV. While the 128-slice CT is just one of the imaging tools available to patients at Bay Medical Sacred Heart, this scanner allows for the clearest images, provides less radiation and offers the quickest turn-around times in results. “Relating it to television, this is the one you want to be watching the game on,” Dr. England said.

“It also better allows us to follow patients long term who maybe have lung cancer or an aneurysm repair. Every time they get a scan, there is less radiation.”

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