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New CT scanner to improve patient care

A new CT scanner has arrived from Germany for installation at Northeast Health Wangaratta’s Imaging Department this week.

The existing machine, which was installed in 2017 will be decommissioned and removed, with minor refresh works to be undertaken in the CT scan room before a new machine is installed.

Old CT Scanner
NHWs old CT Scanner about to be decommissioned.

Business Manager for NHW’s Medical Imaging Department, Hayden Sharp said the new CT will provide a more comfortable experience for patients while delivering cutting-edge technology.

“The latest technology includes new imaging capabilities to benefit the community through lower radiation dose and better image quality.”

“The new system is a large bore scanner, providing a more comfortable and open space on the table, which will improve the patient experience,” Mr Sharp said.

Mr Sharp said it would be business as usual for all other areas of the Imaging Department and plans had been developed over 18 months to minimize disruption and ensure continuity of care of patients requiring CT.

“We have worked closely with GPs, local specialists and hospital staff to plan for presentations that require a CT scan.”

“Outpatient appointments have been scheduled around the 6-day outage and we have contingency plans in place for patients that present to emergency and might need to be transferred for a scan.”

The replacement program at Northeast Health Wangaratta will see a suite of new imaging equipment installed over the next 12-18 months including seven new ultrasound systems, MRI machine, fluoroscopy unit and X-Ray equipment.

“We’re committed to providing the best possible service, which includes having the latest technology right here at the hospital to service our community.”

Works will be undertaken between 16 March and NHW expects the new CT scan to be operational from 22 March.