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CT Scanner First of its Kind in Sacramento Region

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Community Benefit, Neurosciences, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments

AUBURN – With National Stroke Awareness Month upon us, it’s only fitting that Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital unveiled its $1.2 million investment in a state-of-the-art 128-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that will help diagnose strokes faster – and do so much more.


The equipment, which became a reality through matching grants raised from the community in 2013, is the first of its kind in the Sacramento region. It will be able to capture images more quickly and emits a lower dose of radiation – 40 percent less – than its predecessor.


“CT scan is critical in diagnosing a stroke,” said Dennis Sindelar, director of ancillary services at Sutter Auburn Faith. “We want to be able to get the patient in and out. Every moment is critical.  This CT scanner is so fast that it is able to provide excellent quality images of moving organs, such as the heart, which in some cases helps to eliminate the need for more invasive cardiac catheterization.”


In addition to assisting stroke patients, the scanner will benefit the hospital’s youngest patients. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 5 million to 9 million CT exams are performed annually on children in the United States.


The new scanner at SAFH operates at such high speeds that patients are exposed to less radiation, which is welcoming news to parents and physicians of pediatric patients who may have had concerns about the test because of the risk of radiation exposure. The new equipment takes just 10 seconds to conduct a full-body scan compared to 60 seconds on an older model.


In addition, doctors will have access to clearer images, enabling them to better determine the best procedure needed to appropriately care for the patients.


“There are a lot of benefits to using this scanner and we are very grateful to offer this to the community,” said Sindelar.


This technology was made possible by contributions to the Sutter Auburn Faith Foundation by those in the community. The community raised $600,000 in philanthropic funds toward the equipment.

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Community Benefit, Neurosciences, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments