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West Coast patients to benefit from new CT scanner

Friday 18 March 2022Health news2 minutes to read

Care for patients on the West Coast is set to benefit from a brand new state-of-the-art Computed Tomography Scanner when it arrives at Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre later this year.

More commonly known as a CT Scanner, the new $1.4 million piece of equipment will replace the current scanner which is seven years old and has reached the ‘end of its life’.

West Coast District Health Board Chairman Rick Barker says he’s pleased Coasters care will be supported with this new cutting-edge scanning technology.

“It’s great that we are replacing a piece of equipment that’s now ‘out-of-date’, but even better that we’re replacing it with one that will provide some real improvements for our patients experience.

Any improvements we can make to help support our patients and health care teams in an under-pressure health system is important more now than ever.”

CT scanners are a vital diagnostic tool for hospital and health care teams, taking ‘multi-sectional’ images of what’s going on inside of our bodies.

This new scanner comes with several key improvements including more consistent, clearer imaging and faster turnaround of scans. It’s also quieter and allows for more interaction with health teams while people are getting scanned, helping to support patients who might be nervous.

It’s expected the new scanner will be operational at Te Nīkau by the end of September.

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