At a ribbon cutting ceremony today, Platte Valley’s Medical Imaging Department welcomed a new Hybrid SPECT/CT scanner to the many services offered to our patients.
“Allowing more precise imaging leads to faster and better patient care,” Radiologist Ric Robbins, M.D. said to the crowd gathered for the ceremony. Dr. Robbins was a part of the Platte Valley team that worked to bring the scanner to the medical center and was chosen to cut the bright blue ribbon from the machine.
Platte Valley’s Medical Imaging Supervisor, Duane Livadney, thought that getting a more efficient imaging machine should be a priority for SCL Health and specifically for Platte Valley Medical Center. After working with GE to find the right machine, his team asked the SCL Health Board to approve the SPECT/CT for our hospital.
This machine is different because it combines different imaging types together to:
- Improve image quality and give precise information on size, density and location of concern
- Speed up interpretation and diagnosis
- Increase diagnostic confidence
- Help determine effective treatment plans
- Decrease radiation dosage to patient
“We found this was a priority for our team here. Nuclear medicine has been around a long time, but before you only had a fuzzy image. This new machine gives sharper images and the exact location of concern in the body,” says GE’s Executive Client Director, Mary Brady. “This technology is bringing better patient care and better patient outcomes.”
[Photo of team]