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New high-tech CT goes into action at River Falls Area Hospital

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 3/17/2016 — New computed tomography (CT) equipment at River Falls Area Hospital is offering faster, better quality scans while reducing radiation to patients.

Installed at a cost of $550,000, the Toshiba Aquilion Prime CT expands the range of CT services available for patient care. It went into service March 2 and feedback from River Falls Area Hospital radiologic technologists, who underwent specialized equipment training in California to use the machine, has been positive.

“The image quality is phenomenal,” said Ian Steivang, RT(R)(CT). “It’s pretty amazing what the equipment can do. We can look at little blood vessels and do 3D reformations of bone fractures and hip fractures. It should help greatly with stroke patients, because we can do the scans and reformations a lot faster. The biggest benefit is that the patient radiation dose is reduced by about 60 percent.”

The new CT equipment is suitable for all patients, from pediatrics through geriatrics. The screen can be programmed to display fun jungle and desert scenes featuring animals to keep the youngest patients entertained during a scan.

“We look forward to providing expanded CT services and better patient care with faster, higher quality images using lower doses of radiation,” said radiology manager Jeffery Agen.

CT scans are used for producing 3D images of all parts of the body, including organs, tissues, bones, blood vessels and the brain and spinal cord. It can be particularly useful for diagnosing internal injuries quickly.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.