Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 21, 2013

SALISBURY — Novant Health Rowan Medical Center has unveiled new CT imaging technology.
The Siemens Somatom Definition AS Scanner, a 128 slice computed tomography scanner, offers patients faster scan times, lower radiation doses and more comfort when undergoing exams.
Computerized tomography, also known as CT or CAT scan, is an X-ray technique that allows clinicians to see bones and organs with a high degree of precision.
Computerized tomography uses an X-ray-generating device that rotates around the body and a powerful computer to create cross-sectional images (slices) of your body’s interior. The higher the number of slices, the faster and more accurate the image.
Physicians are able to diagnose stroke, heart abnormalities and other diseases within seconds, critical to avoid harm to the body’s vital organs.
Dr. Jeff Stanczak, medical director of radiology at Rowan Medical, explained the improved visual accuracy the new scanner provides.
“The detail and accuracy provided in images is incredible,” he said. “The improved safety due to the precision of the machine protects our patients from unnecessary radiation exposure, and I am thrilled we are on the leading edge of technology to keep our patients safe.”
The new CT scanner is housed within the emergency department of the hospital to quickly diagnose potentially life-threatening emergencies such as stroke and heart attack.
Added capabilities include cardiac scoring, which gives physicians a window into the heart, and assessing the levels of calcium buildup in the arteries, which may be an early sign of heart disease.
The hospital bought the new equipment with support from the Novant Health Foundation Rowan Medical Center.
A ribbon cutting and open house was held Tuesday to celebrate the new technology, giving attendees the chance to see the scanner up close and personal.
“We are delighted to offer this advanced technology to patients,” hospital President Dari Caldwell said.