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New CT scanner at Hospital of Central Connecticut offers faster exams

[November 11 2010] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s New Britain General campus recently installed a new 16-slice CT scanner that offers patients greater comfort, quicker exams and exceptional accuracy.

Because of the scanner’s high speed, patients don’t have to hold their breath as long, which makes scans more comfortable. The new scanner, which replaced an older one, is also more ergonomically friendly.

CT (computerized tomography) scans provide X-ray images from varied angles and can be used to evaluate areas throughout the body. CT scans create a three-dimensional view (called a “slice”) of a particular body structure. Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) interventional radiologists are also using the new 16-slice scanner to provide visual guidance during minimally invasive biopsies of the lungs, abdominal organs and extremities.

In addition to the new scanner, HCC’s New Britain General campus has a 64-slice PET-CT scanner and a 32-slice scanner in the Emergency Department. The hospital also has a 16-slice scanner at the Bradley Memorial campus in Southington.