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Media Contact: Tom Grant
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Published on December 16, 2005

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Washington Adventist Hospital Acquires State-of-the-Art Imaging System: 64-Slice Ct Scanner

Making a Difference between Life and Death

Takoma Park, MD - Washington Adventist Hospital has acquired a new, state-of-the-art, CT imaging system, the 64-Slice CT Scanner that uses the world's first Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) system. This leading edge technology offers an innovative way for our physicians to obtain the information they need to diagnose disease and life-threatening illnesses - from head to toe - through a non-invasive procedure.

"Our physicians are now able to capture images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, an organ in one second and perform a whole body trauma scan in 10 seconds, more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners," said Dr. Bruce Rubin, Chairman of the Radiology Department.

In a single rotation, the 64-Slice CT Scanner creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy to analyze the following, including others:

  • Cardiovascular - The 64-Slice CT Scanner can capture images of the whole heart and coronary arteries in just 5 heartbeats, providing clearer images of cardiovascular anatomy. The speed is especially helpful in shortening breath holds for very sick and elderly patients.
  • Chest pain - The 64-Slice CT Scanner enables our physicians to immediately detect the three primary causes of mortality in patients with chest pain - aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and coronary artery disease.
  • Stroke - Once a stroke occurs, treatment must be delivered within an hour or less to ensure the best outcome for the patient. The 64-Slice CT Scanner offers the speed and resolution required for rapid imaging of blood vessels in the brain. Our physicians are now able to make a quick diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment while reducing the number of exams a patient may need to undergo.

Washington Adventist Hospital is breaking barriers in speed and accuracy of patient exams. Acquiring this state-of-the-art technology reflects our Hospital's mission to deliver excellent health care to the community we serve.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 318-bed, state-of-the-art acute care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County's only complete cardiac center, performing 650 open-heart surgeries and more than 7,000 heart catheterizations each year. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. Adventist Healthcare includes Washington Adventist Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living, Adventist Health Careers Training Center, Hackettstown Community Hospital and Adventist Home Health.

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