Oakwood Heritage Hospital introduces new scanning technology

Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor has introduced a new GE Lightspeed VCT imaging system, which can scan an entire body in just 10 seconds.

The new equipment debuted during an open house April 10.

The LightSpeed VCT is an innovative way for physicians to obtain the information they need to diagnose disease and life-threatening illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and chest pain. Physicians are now able to capture images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, an organ in one second and perform whole body trauma in 10 seconds – more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners. The speed is especially helpful in shortening the amount of time a patient must hold their breath – a feature that will be extremely beneficial for geriatric patients, patients who are on ventilators and pediatric patients.

“Volume CT is patient friendly. Fast scans can help reduce patient stress and anxiety, and some of the volume CT procedures can be done in only one exam,” said Eric W. Widner, chief operating officer at Oakwood Heritage Hospital.

Oakwood Heritage also unveiled healing ceiling tiles by artist Monte Nagler. The tiles incorporate appealing landscapes and colors to soothe anxiety associated with radiological procedures.

For more information on the new 64-slice CT scanner, visit www.oakwood.org.


Diane Tesner and Cam Combs, CT technicians at Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor, demonstrate the new 64-slice LightSpeed VCT in the hospital's Radiology Department.