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Full-spectrum radiology services include x-ray, CT,ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine, echocardiograms, mammography and cardiac catheterization, read by a permanent, fulltime radiologist.

State of the Art CT Scanner

Great Plains Regional Medical Center has just installed a new, state of the art, 64 slice CT Scanner.

A CT Scanner (sometimes known as a CAT Scan) uses X-Rays to take pictures of your body from different angles. A computer puts the images together and creates a series of cross sections or through the part of the body being scanned. This way a very detailed picture of the body can be obtained.

“This is a great step forward for our hospital”, says Duane Mills, Director of Radiology. “With the new scanner, we’ll be able to more accurately see what’s happening inside someone’s body. Early detection is often the key to successful treatment of a variety of conditions.”

The CT Scan gives radiologists and physicians more accurate images of the abdomen and chest. For this reason, a CT Scan is the preferred method for diagnosing many different cancers, including lung, liver and pancreatic cancer. The image allows a physician to confirm the presence of a tumor and measure its size, precise location and the extent of the tumor’s involvement with other nearby tissue.

The instrument is also vital for diagnosing and treating spinal problems and injuries to the hands, feet and other skeletal structures because it can clearly show even very small bones as well as surrounding tissues such as muscle and blood vessels.

Because of its versatility and ability to take picture of all parts of the body, a CT Scan can also be used in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases that can lead to stroke, kidney failure or even death.

Great Plains Regional Medical Center received its first CT Scanner back in February of 1986.