The new 64-slice CT scanner has arrived and is installed!  Imaging staff are training on the new equipment.  (June 22, 2011)


Join us for an Open House preview event!
Wednesday, October 12, 1-4 p.m. 
Light refreshments will be served in the main hospital lobby.
Staff will conduct group tours of the new CT Scanner. 
No reservations are required.    
In its ongoing commitment to provide the best medical care to the community, Hi-Desert Medical Center has announced the acquisition of the Aquilion 64 multi-detector row computed tomography (CT) scanner from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.  The Aquilion 64 is the most advanced 64-detector row CT scanner available and represents the leading edge in medical technology.
Multi-detector CT has dramatically improved clinicians' ability to accurately diagnose disease at an early stage.  It is a powerful diagnostic tool that uses rotating X-rays to penetrate body tissues, generating multiple slice images, which can detect more than traditional radiography.  With 4-, 8-, 16-, 32- and 64-detector row customizable configurations, the Aquilion CT systems deliver excellent image quality and provide outstanding performance and clinical productivity.
Adquilion 64-detector row CT delivers high-speed, high-resolution imaging, which allows physicians to capture precise images of any area of the body, including the rapidly moving heart and lungs.  With the fastest scanning capability in the market, the system allows important diagnostic information concerning the heart to be obtained within a single breath-hold.
The Aquilion 64 is designed to offer physicians greater cardiovascular diagnostic capabilities while helping patients avoid more invasive medical procedures.  The system delivers unmatched clinical images of the heart with multi-slice imaging technology.  This technology captures up to 64 simultaneous anatomical slices of 0.5 mm in a single gantry rotation.  While patients take a single breath and hold it for just six to 10 seconds, the Aquilion 64 can capture superior, precise images of their hearts.  These diagnostic images help their physician check for suspected heart disease, often eliminating the need for invasvie cardiac angiograms.
"With the installation of this scanner, Hi-Desert Medical Center will be equipped to deliver state-of-the-art CT imaging of any area of the body.  Quickly scanning for blocked arteries, early stroke detection and extensive orthopedic applications are just a few of the many ways this new technology will help our patients," explained Bruce Oswald, assistant administrator, ambulatory services.  He adds that the system is expected to be online and operational soon.