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May 16, 2014

Growing at Shands Live Oak: New CT scanner a ‘huge jump for community’

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Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center recently acquired a state-of-the-art CT scanner that will enable doctors to quickly view and more accurately diagnose patient X-rays. Toshiba’s Aquilion RXL CT Scanner reduces patient’s risk of radiation exposure. Shands Live Oak RMC Chief Executive Officer Richard Huth was excited by their recent purchase.

“This is a huge jump for us and the community,” said Huth. “Since I began here, more than anything, we’ve needed the scan.”

He said the low dose of radiation delivered by the Aquilion was a major medical and technical breakthrough. The big selling point for the patient is the low dose of radiation and risk of radiation poisoning. From the doctor’s perspective, the speed and clarity of the produced pictures makes it a win-win  

“That’s a big feature on this,” said Huth. “It’s the safest radiation dose on the market.” 

He said the platform was a new technology, whereas most of the CTs are on a 10-12 year old platform, the Aquilion is only two years old. Huth said the hospital has now gone from a 1980s four-slice technology to a 32-slice which allows for sharper imaging.

“It gives you 3D reads of the heart and all kinds of stuff. We never had this capability before,” said Huth. 

Huth said the technology had solved some of the heating issues that CT scans have because heat and movement will affect the picture often producing a blurred image. 

The unit was $300,000 and rebuilding the room and reinforcing the floor cost an additional $200,000.

Huth said it was both convenient and important to have the Aquilion adjacent to their operating rooms.

“If you build a new hospital, typically you put a CT scanner in your ER,” said Huth. “Thirty percent of your CTs come out of the ER.”

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