ROGERSVILLE – Physicians cannot treat an illness until they can see what’s wrong. And thanks to a new tool at Wellmont Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, caregivers there are seeing better than ever.

Hawkins County Memorial’s radiology department was recently enhanced by the Toshiba Aquilion 16, a 16-slice computed tomography – or CT – scanner capable of scanning an entire body in seconds.

“This is the best and fastest piece of equipment of this type that you can find anywhere in the world, and we’re very fortunate to have one here in Rogersville,” said Darlene Lee, the hospital’s director of radiology. “Not only will we be able to scan people much more quickly, but this increases our capabilities – this scanner can do a lot of things others just can’t do.”

The $900,000 CT scanner is capable of performing virtual colonoscopies, angiograms and providing rotating images of scans, Lee said. And with regular software upgrades available, the scanner will continue to be on the cutting edge of technology for a long time.

“There is obviously a great deal of special training involved to use all of this scanner’s applications, but we’re happy for the opportunity to provide more services to our patients,” Lee said.

The Aquilion 16 is the winner of the Frost & Sullivan Imaging Product of the Year award.


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