Posted: March 23rd, 2021
NRMC Multispecialty Clinic Installs Advanced Imaging Technology
The new Multispecialty Clinic located on the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center campus is now equipped with some of the most recent advances in imaging technology including the Siemens YSIO Max in the x-ray suite and the Siemens Go.Top, 64-slice CT scanner with 3D capability. Both of which produce outstanding images and a better patient experience.
“What we can offer the community in terms of imaging at both the hospital and now here at the Multispecialty Clinic is truly phenomenal,” explained Derek Anthony, NRMC Radiology Manager. “Not only do we offer patients convenience, easy scheduling and excellent service, we provide them access to some of the highest ranked imaging technology available today. And our experienced and highly trained team of technologists make the whole experience positive. Doctors receive the precise imaging they need for diagnosis and can view the images that same day,” he explained.
The YSIO, x-ray technology has many important features. One of the greatest advantages is the ability to image 51 inches at one time instead of the traditional 17 inches. This enables physicians to view an entire leg or spine as one image and saves patients time, because only one x-ray image is needed per view. The digital panel provides highly detailed images which aids in diagnosis. The lowering table is especially beneficial for patients in wheelchairs, because technologists can easily lower the table to wheelchair level and safely and quickly transfer patients from a wheelchair to the table. And the table can accommodate up to 650 pounds.
The other outstanding technology in the Multispecialty Clinic is the new CT Scanner with 3D capability. This donut shaped scanner has many advantages including the ability of imaging grouping. This means that the scanner can view, for example, the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis in one scan instead of relying on multiple scans and scanning sessions.
For people with metal prosthetics, the scanner is able to capture clear pictures without distortion unlike older technology which often had a scatter effect near the metal site. The weight limit is 500 pounds and has a size limit of up to 70cm wide. The technologists can view patients at all times during the scan, and an impressive communication system allows patients and technologists to talk during the scan. Care dose limits of radiation are also lower, and the scanner quickly reconstructs images automatically, eliminating the need for patients to wait on the table for the technologist to do the reconstruction of the image manually.