NHW’s new Toshiba CT scanner was officially launched with a traditional Sake Barrel ceremony at NHW last evening . The occasion was well attended by a range of VMOs and NHW staff. An informative presentation was given by Rob Walcynski, the National CT Manager for Toshiba regarding the capacity and capability of the new scanner. The Toshiba Prime CT is the most technologically advanced scanner in North East Victoria, and is one of only three in Victoria. NHW’s investment in this new technology will deliver great benefits for the community including dose reduction of up to 75% on routine scans and the 160 slice scanner ensures consistent best image quality providing more accurate diagnosis.
The Toshiba team led the Kagami-biraki ceremony, which is performed at celebratory events, in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken by a wooden mallet and sake served to everyone present. The ceremony represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.
The evening was also an opportunity for the CEO, Margaret Bennett, to recognise the NHW Medical Imaging team, for their dedication to service delivery and excellent service provided to the community, with 58,343 occasions of service provided in the last 12 months to June 30th 2015.
Pictured L-R are Peter Ord, Vic Sales Manager for Toshiba, Dr Steve Williams Radiologist , Margaret Bennett CEO, Brendan Schutt NHW Board Chair, Hayden Sharp Manager Medical Imaging NHW.