Tri-City Medical Center to Buy Advanced CT Scanner

The Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors has approved the purchase and installation of the most advanced computed tomography (CT) scanner on the market, enabling its radiologists to make quick and accurate diagnoses for patients.

The GE Healthcare Revolution CT scanner is expected to be operational as early as December 2015, making Tri-City Medical Center the first provider to offer this medical imaging technology in San Diego County. It can create a full, three-dimensional image of an organ in one pass and will provide more options for the hospital’s radiology program.

“This device can take a full cardiac image in a heartbeat — literally,” said Dr. Donald Ponec, medical director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Radiology Services at Tri-City Medical Center. “It will be of tremendous value to cardiac patients as well as many other patients being cared for on an inpatient, outpatient or emergency basis.”

Tri-City’s emergency room is the third busiest in San Diego County. The ER sees 70,000 people per year of which about 14,000 require CT procedures, according to a recent news release.

“This machine will achieve a significant improvement in turnaround times for patients waiting for CT scan results as well as immediately rule out cardiac disease in those arriving with chest pain,” Ponec said.

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