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As a way to ease wait times and provide inpatient CT scan imaging in a more timely manner, a new CT scanner has been installed in the center core of Tower 9. The new machine, which will be operational by mid-April, is solely designated for inpatient diagnostic imaging needs.
“To our knowledge, this is the first CT scanner to be permanently housed in a patient care unit in the country,” said Stuart G. Silverman, MD, director, CT scan at BWH.
Currently, all inpatient and outpatient CT scans are conducted on L1. This means that inpatients have to be transported from the Tower down to the main Radiology Department on L1. The new CT scanner will allow for a more streamlined approach.
“The addition and location of the new CT scanner on the Tower 9 will provide more efficient imaging for inpatients throughout the Tower,” said Raymond Weatherby, BS, RT(R)(CT), chief technologist, CT Scan at BWH who explained that by having one scanner designated for inpatients, patients in the Tower will spend less time off their patient care unit. Additionally, referring physicians will obtain imaging results more quickly so that they can determine diagnoses or establish discharge plans in a more timely manner.
The Tower 9 CT scanner will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, when the CT scanner on Tower 9 is operational, the CT scanner on L1 will have more appointments available for outpatient use, easing scheduling conflicts and wait times for all patients.
An open house for the Tower 9 CT scanner will be held on April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, email Ray Weatherby (firstname.lastname@example.org).