Methodist Hospital in Arcadia showed off yet another major new state-of-the-art technological piece of equipment Thursday, a Toshiba CT scanner that does a complete body scan in less than a minute.
The latest equipment in the CT Imaging Suite – Department of Imaging Services, which also provides a summary of the scan far more quickly, is one of only two in the San Gabriel Valley. It was made possible by The H. N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation & John Stauffer Charitable Trust, which Methodist Hospital Foundation President Mike Driebe said have donated a combined $7 million-plus to the hospital.
Berger Foundation Vice President, Programs and Director, Chris McGuire and Carole McGuire, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, along with Stauffer trustees Tim Gosney and Michael Whalen.
Among the dozens of others in attendance at the ceremony were Methodist Hospital Board Chairman Kathy Ellison; California State Senator Ed Hernandez; Arcadia City Councilman Robert Harbicht; Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto; Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Arlynn Robinson and CEO Scott Hettrick
The Toshiba Aquilion One CT system, a 320-slice CT scanner, features advanced dose-reduction and image-processing software, while also ensuring an “image safely” environment, according to American College of Radiology guidelines for preventing unwarranted radiation exposure.
“Our acquisition of this system reflects Methodist Hospital’s long-standing commitment to improving patient safety, said Dan Ausman president & CEO.
“This technology is especially helpful for our cardiovascular services in the healing of our patients,” added Dennis Graham, director of diagnostic and imaging services and radiology.
• World’s most powerful X-ray imaging system
• State-of-the-art imaging (best image quality available)
• Dynamic-volume CT scanner
• Can acquire 16 cm of anatomy in only one rotation
• High-resolution images quickly
• Lowest possible dose of radiation
• 4D images of the body’s organs in less than a heartbeat (faster and smaller than other 3D images)
• The industry’s only whole-brain, 4D CT-DSA and perfusion in one exam
• Innovative Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction (AIDR) technology
• Can capture both anatomical and functional data at the same time
• Allows the correct patient protocol to be selected, based on the patient’s age, weight and exam type
• Dose displayed on the console before scanning (operator can confirm and validate)
• Right here at Methodist Hospital
• For cardiac exams, the entire heart can be captured:
— in as little as one rotation for coronary analysis
— over a single heartbeat for complete functional diagnosis
• Fastest acute stroke work-up – 4.5 minutes – far ahead of community standard (18-20 minutes)
For more information on Methodist Hospital’s extensive and exceptional services, please visit www.methodisthospital.org.
Other dignitaties at the ceremony:
• Brian Mejia, representative from L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s Office
• Becky Cheng, representative from Judy Chu’s office
• Olivia Lee, representative from Assembly member Chau’s office
• Senator Ed Hernandez representative Iso Nakasato
• Radiology staff
• Foundation staff
• Jim/Sharon Eberhardt – member, Methodist Hospital Board
• Dave and Grace Cashion – member, Methodist Hospital Foundation Board
• Dr. James Y. Lin, physician, Methodist Hospital
• Dr. Lucy Shih, physician, Methodist Hospital